In-toeing, commonly referred to as “pigeon-toed,” means that a child walks and runs with his or her feet pointed inward. This is usually noticeably soon after a child learns how to walk. In the overwhelming majority of children, in-toeing will correct itself over the course of several years. Three conditions most often lead to in-toeing:
Many of you parents out there may be familiar with knee pain due to Osgood Schlatter’s disease because your child is experiencing it, or you experienced in the past as a child. It is definitely one of the most common causes of knee pain in kids (not due to falling or trauma).
So, I am going to digress from the usual sports medicine topics that I love, and talk a little about what to do when germs invade your house. I mean when your kid gets sick, then you get sick, then maybe your husband, and then your kid again. The whole process may last weeks (and feel like months). I’m basing this on recent personal experience that included a nasty upper respiratory illness for my daughter, a GI illness and then pneumonia for my husband, and two nasty respiratory viruses for myself separated by a week. This house is ready for spring.
I am going to start this blog by giving a list of the most commonly prescribed remedies I give out during the winter, also known as cough and flu season. These are the items I ALWAYS have around my house and I recommend to every one of my patients.
After having a baby, most parents long for a good night’s sleep. Many turn to sleep training in order to make that happen. Sleep training is a controversial subject, especially lately with the Cry It Out method making national headlines. However, the importance of sleep for the health and happiness of the entire family is universally accepted. Very few infants sleep through the night before six weeks of age and if you ever meet a parent who says that their infant does – ask them specifically how and when they are sleeping. You will find that “sleeping through the night” has a very different definition for every family.
Have you ever wondered if growing pains actually exist? Growing pains is an actual diagnosis that occurs in almost half of kids. However, not all leg pain in kids is growing pains, and it is important to understand when to talk to your pediatrician if your child experiences lower extremity pain.
Constipation is the infrequent passage of hard, difficulty to pass stool – that is the standard definition. Now for what we really see:
Acute injuries vary from sport to sport, but the lower extremity (the knee in particular) is one of the most common joints injured in the young and older athlete.
Hives are very common in children. The rash is itchy, red, raised welts that often move from one location to the next within minutes. If you are like most parents, your first thought is an allergic reaction and you rack your brain trying to figure out what your child may have eaten or touched. However, hives have many different causes, the most common in children being illness, either viral or bacteria.