Sad boy for blocks
    March 31, 2015
    Tylenol for Babies & Toddlers: Follow-up Discussion on #LTKH Tweet Chat

    On May 17 and 18, 2011 there was a joint meeting of the FDA Advisory Committee for Nonprescription Drugs and the FDA Pediatric Advisory Committee. I wrote an article about that meeting on May 18, 201…

    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks 2010
    September 19, 2014
    Blocking Mosquitoes and Ticks

    Five bug repellents scored high marks for preventing bites, but three common choices didn’t make the grade in 2014 testing by Consumer Reports. As a parent and pediatrician, I want a mosquito and ti…

    Tylenol No Longer Deemed a Pain Reliever for Babies and Toddlers
    May 18, 2011
    Tylenol No Longer Deemed a Pain Reliever for Babies & Toddlers

    Tylenol for Babies & Toddlers?!?  The FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and Pediatric Advisory Committee have together recommended that “pain relief” be removed from the label…

    Clindamycin
    June 18, 2009
    Clindamycin

    Clindamycin is strong antibiotic used to treat difficult bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Cleocin on the label. It comes as liquid or capsules, and is also availabl…

    Clarithromycin
    June 18, 2009
    Clarithromycin

    Clarithromycin is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Biaxin on the label. It comes as liquid, tablets, or extended…

    Amoxicillin
    June 18, 2009
    Amoxicillin

    Amoxicillin is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. It does not help in viral infections such as a cold or flu. It’s often called “the pink stuff…

    Amoxicillin-Clavulanate
    June 18, 2009
    Amoxicillin-Clavulanate

    Amoxicillin-clavulanate is a strong combination antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. The clavulanate makes it difficult for some resistant bacteria to wit…

    Ceftriaxone
    June 18, 2009
    Ceftriaxone

    Ceftriaxone is a broad spectrum antibiotic that can be given by injection. It’s used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children and is sometimes called by the brand name Rocep…

    Cefuroxime
    June 18, 2009
    Cefuroxime

    Cefuroxime is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections in children. You might see a brand name such as Ceftin on the label. It belongs to the cephalosporin family of an…

    Medication Use Up in Children
    November 4, 2008
    Medication Use Up in Children

    What should we do? Since 2002, chronic prescription medication use in children 5 to 19 years old has skyrocketed, according to a study in the November 2008 Pediatrics. Leading the way, prescriptions f…

    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy - Part 11 - Liver
    December 2, 2006
    Eating for Two: A Guide to Mother’s Nutrition during Pregnancy – Part 11 – Liver

    Liver We're getting close to the part on chocolate, but first a word about liver. You'll have noticed that many of the vitamins and elements needed in larger proportions during pregnancy are present i…

    Acetaminophen and Liver Failure
    December 3, 2005
    Acetaminophen and Liver Failure

    Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used medicines in children. One brand name, Tylenol, is known by most parents in the U.S. Often used by itself to relieve pain or to reduce fevers, it is also…

    BB0795
    November 3, 2002
    Rickets: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to rickets: Good health is often a balancing act. Too much sun exposure can cause unwanted sunburn in babies, but too little sun exposure can lead to vitamin D deficient rickets. Breast …

    Sickle Cell Anemia
    November 3, 2002
    Sickle Cell Anemia: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to sickle cell anemia: Normal red blood cells are soft, gel-like discs that can squish as needed to slip through the tiny capillaries of the body. In sickle cell anemia, the red blood cel…

    Reye Syndrome
    November 2, 2002
    Reye Syndrome: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to Reye syndrome: Children’s aspirin used to be one of the most common medicines given to children. Today it is not recommended, and Reye syndrome is the reason why. What is Reye syndro…

    Jaundice
    October 31, 2002
    Jaundice: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

     Introduction: Jaundice is common in new babies and is usually not a problem. Nevertheless, it can be a sign of a serious disease and occasionally it can cause lasting nerve damage. Parents need to…

    Iron Deficiency
    October 31, 2002
    Iron Deficiency: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to iron deficiency: A baby is born with about 0.5 grams of iron in the body. A healthy adolescent's body has 5.0 grams. This 900 percent increase in iron comes from the iron in the food y…

    Hepatitis B
    October 30, 2002
    Hepatitis B: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: HBV Introduction to hepatitis B: The hepatitis B vaccine is the first one that babies get – for good reason. The most likely time for children to catch hepatitis B is around the ti…

    Gloved hand placing letters on a white table that spell out Hepatitis.
    October 30, 2002
    Hepatitis A: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to hepatitis A: Hepatitis is an illness of the liver. It can have many causes. The alphabet soup of hepatitis can be confusing for parents. Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E and G are different vir…

    Hemophilia
    October 30, 2002
    Hemophilia: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Bleeding disorders, Factor VIII deficiency Introduction to hemophilia: The old rabbis of the Jewish Talmud stated that when a mother had lost two boys from bleeding to death during c…