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.
Top Papers Of The Month provides summaries of articles published in various journals (ones you may not receive or don’t have time to read) that have important implications for primary care pediatricians. For the past 6 years, the column has been authored by Series Editor Charles A. Pohl, MD and Larissa Hirsch, MD. I was thrilled to learn that Dr Hirsch recently gave birth. While she is enjoying this special time with her newborn, I thought it would be nice to celebrate her past contributions to Consultant For Pediatricians. Here you will find a complete archive of Top Papers Of The Month.
The AAP has been warning against these things for years, and finally the FDA and CPSC have weighed in: Infant sleep positioners don’t prevent SIDS, and don’t save lives. But they can kill your baby.
I haven’t met a person that actually enjoys conflict (although I have met people that attract conflict all the time). Fundamentally, it is simply uncomfortable. Thus, people avoid it. We’d often rather forgo the discomfort and end up with something we don’t like than create conflict and fight for something we believe in.
For two weeks in March of 2010 I was part of a physical medicine rehabilitation team in Haiti. Team Canada Healing Hands for Haiti (TCHHH) is a Haitian-approved Non Governmental Organization (NGO) and a registered charitable organization in Canada.
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.
Add to the growing list of reasons antibiotics might not be good for you and your children: a recent study showing a statistical link between early ear infections and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
It’s frightening when your child awakes from sleep and vomits and complains of “head pressure.” The non-medical parent will likely think the child has a “stomach flu.” The parent who is a pediatrician (referred to as a “pediatrician parent” for the rest of this piece) instantly thinks of increased intracranial pressure as the cause. Trying to perform a fundoscopic examination at 3 am on a child who just vomited and was in total darkness just minutes before is an impossible task. Pediatrician parents should not and cannot handle such a health crisis on their own.
Whew, 40-years in private practice. I compared it to our meager 8 years. Surely this guy has the recipe for success I quickly concluded.
“You’ve been around for a very long time, obviously… you’ve seen a lot of changes in the medical field, what would you attribute your success to? You have to be doing something right.” I unabashedly asked.
As a Pediatrician, part of my job is to give anticipatory guidance to parents on how to spend quality time with their child and what not to do. And one day I realized that I do many of the things I tell families not to do.