Monthly Archives: April 2009
Physicians are always trying to stay abreast of the latest news in order to provide excellent care for their patients. Parents, too, can learn from cutting edge medical news.
Do you want to know what your child’s doctor is reading about? Here is my take on the first five of top 10 most read online pediatric and adolescent medicine stories of 2008, according to Journal Watch. Stay tuned for my thoughts on the 2nd half later this week.
- Regularly Eating Breakfast Reduces Weight Gain
- Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. This one we’ve known for a while. So get up a few minutes earlier to make sure that breakfast fits into the morning rush every day. Continue reading
“Why can’t we seem to interest him in the toilet?” the parents of a 26-month-old patient recently said to me, “We were assured that he would be potty trained at least 6 months earlier than kids who wear disposable diapers.”
Parents choose to swaddle their little ones in cloth rather than disposable diapers for many reasons: most would like to raise their children with the least environmental impact possible; many worry about rashes or other conditions caused by the chemicals and fragrances in disposable diapers; others have done cost-effectiveness calculations and found that cloth diapers may be more economical for their family; and many are hoping that, yes, cloth diapers would lead to earlier potty training.
Reusable diapers can, however, seem like more effort than disposable. For families in which both parents work outside the home, however, time is precious, and the potential for added labor in an already stretched family may be just too much.
Here are some tips from working moms (and dads) who are making washable diapers work for them: Continue reading
While innocently changing their infant’s diaper, many parents come upon a curious thing: small clear crystals are scattered in the diaper of their perfectly healthy appearing babe.
These parents often head straight to the internet, and come upon a host of potentially anxiety-provoking information. Parents may read that crystals in an infant’s diaper are a sign of dehydration, which is worrisome enough. But urinary crystals can also be associated with dramatic sounding diseases: liver failure (yikes!), congenital cystinuria, tyrosinosis, or the intriguingly-named maple syrup urine disease. Urinary crystals are made of different elements: calcium oxalate, triple phosphate, cystine, and uric acid. And they come in different shapes: some are hexagonal, others are shaped like diamonds, while some take on the shape of a square envelope or even a coffin lid.
Home remedies are often more effective than expensive medications. A recently published study showed that honey provides better control of cough in children over the age of 1* compared to common over-the-counter and prescription medicines! In fact, several studies have shown that cough medicines do not work at all, either to decrease the cough or to help kids (and their parents) sleep through the night: not great news for exhausted parents with sick children. Continue reading