Respiratory Illness

Dr. M’s SPA Newsletter Volume 11 Issue 27 Covid Update #38

Just when you think that the information on SARS2 Covid19 is slowing to a crawl with new discovery, a favorite researcher publishes a truly remarkable bit of scientific discovery. Dr. Alessio Fasano is featured below in Number 6 and his work is really important. A little science heavy but critical for children. There is a take home summary as well. Don’t miss this information.
Quick hits
1) CDC data on adolescent hospitalizations: COVID-19 adolescent hospitalization rates from COVID-NET peaked at 2.1 per 100,000 in early January 2021, declined to 0.6 in mid-March, and rose to 1.3 in April. Among hospitalized adolescents, nearly one third required intensive care unit admission, and 5% required invasive mechanical ventilation; no associated deaths occurred….. Read more at this link: https://www.salisburypediatrics.com/patient-education/dr-magryta-s-newsletter/964-volume-11-letter-27-coronavirus-update-38

Dr. Magryta’s Newsletter Coronavirus Update #36

We must have discourse regarding experimental vaccinations to be a moral society. For this reason, I will take on this controversial topic.
Are we all ok with an emergency use authorization for the COVID19 vaccine for children under age 16 years old? That is a loaded question. In the British Medical Journal we see a piece written by Drs. Pegden, Prasad and Baral this week. They state: “For adults, the benefits of covid-19 vaccination are enormous, while for children they are relatively minor. Rare side effects from adult covid-19 vaccination are unlikely to lead to future vaccine hesitancy whose public health impact could be comparable to the benefits of the adult covid-19 vaccination program itself. But accelerated mass child vaccination under emergency use authorization—perhaps even spurred by school mandates and “vaccine passports”—presents a different balance of risks and benefits. The possibility that rare adverse events could emerge as the more durable public health legacy of an emergency use authorization for child covid-19 vaccines is much greater.” (Pegden et. al. 2021)…….
If you prefer to read the newsletter or see the references, go to https://www.salisburypediatrics.com/patient-education/dr-magryta-s-newsletter/954-volume-11-letter-23-coronavirus-update-36

If You Have Teens in Your House, This Pedcast is For You (Pedcast by Doc Smo and Sonya Corina Williams)

Just when we thought we were going to get American kids to stop adopting the horrible, nasty, destructive, habit of smoking tobacco cigarettes, here comes the electronic-cigarette industry with more heartache. Find out the recent trends with e- cigarettes use in the U.S., how their manufacturers, in my opinion, are able to lure so many kids into using their products, and most importantly, some simple things you can do to keep your teens from being vaping in this edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics.

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Can We Safely Open Schools During a Pandemic? (Pedcast by Doc Smo and Sonya Corrina Williams)

I recently came across an excellent article by an infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Linas, who addresses the question on every parent’s mind, “will there be school for my children this year?”  I strongly recommend you read his analysis which addresses five questions everyone is asking about reopening schools:

  1. Are Kids Going to be Safe?
  2. Are our teachers going to be safe?
  3. Will kids bring Covid -19 home to their family?
  4. Will opening schools lead to a second wave and lock down?
  5. What are the risks of not reopening?

In today’s pedcast, we are going to breakdown what Dr. Linas says and take a look at what a “safe” reopening of schools might look like.

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6 Facts Parents Don’t Know About Pediatric Ear Infections (Archived Pedcast)

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Here are 6 childhood ear infection facts that parents often don’t know. How do I know that many parents don’t know these things you ask… because I’ve been practicing pediatrics for 37 years , that’s how. Let’s test your pediatric ear infection knowledge in this edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics.

 

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6 Childhood Ear Infection Facts Parents Often Don’t Know

 

Here are 6 childhood ear infection facts that parents often don’t know. How do I know that many parents don’t know these things you ask… because I’ve been practicing pediatrics for 37 years , that’s how. Let’s test your pediatric ear infection knowledge in this edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics.

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Making Sense of Your Child’s Next Respiratory Infection (Archived Pedcast)

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Young children seem to get a lot of sickness, way more than adults do. Most of this sickness is caused by common respiratory viruses and need no specific treatment. These illnesses usually clear up on their own, but sometimes there’s trouble. Today’s episode helps parents understand the patterns of respiratory illness their children get. Knowing when the pattern deviates from normal can give parents and their pediatrician clues to more serious health problems. It’s all in those patterns, if you know what to look for.  This is important information for parents to know, especially in the winter months so I thought it was important enough to do a repost of a pedcast I did in 2010 while it is still cold outside.  No Smo Notes for this post so put on your buds and pay close attention– I’m about to make you one of the best informed parents in the room with this installment of Portable Practical Pediatrics.

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