Understanding Antibiotics

Understanding Antibiotics

It is a common question in the office when a parent brings in a sick child. "Do you think you need to prescribe an antibiotic for the fever?" they ask. I'm not going to rehash the subject of fever here, but suffice it to say that antibiotics don't treat fever. Even...

Very Astute

I had the following conversation with my oldest grandson, Harrison, who is almost 4 years old. His younger brother is just 13 months behind him and Emmaline, his sister is to be born just before his birthay. He overheard a conversation I was having with a mother named...

Snake Bite

Snake Bite

• Excerpt from The Pediatric Guide for Parents • Spring came early in 2012 in Georgia. One day while standing out in the garden in some monkey grass, this young girl felt a sudden excruciating pain in her right foot. She wasn’t walking so it wasn’t something sharp...

The Hundred Days Cough

• Excerpt from The Pediatric Guide for Parents • During my career I have diagnosed about a dozen cases of Pertussis. Correct diagnosis is very difficult. First a a thin, cotton-tipped metal wire swab is inserted into a nostril down to the very back of the nose. Very...

Vaccines. Historical Perspective

Vaccines. Historical Perspective

Excerpt from The Pediatric Guide for Parents Without a doubt the beginning of preventive medicine clearly originated with vaccine development for childhood infections. In 1952, Jonas Salk tested the first polio vaccine which was an injection. It was announced to the...

Breastfeeding Versus Bottle Feeding

• Excerpt from The Pediatric Guide for Parents • Breastfeeding Versus Bottle Feeding It is very important to realize that both breast milk and formula have, for years and years, successfully nurtured babies. For sure there are significant differences between the two....

Colic By Definition

• Excerpt from The Pediatric Guide for Parents • Colic By Definition Colic is generally when a baby who, for reasons that cannot be explained functionally or medically, is more fussy than usual. The crying spells are sometimes without a pattern. Parents do often...

History of Breastfeeding

Excerpt from The Pediatric Guide for Parents A History Lesson On Breastfeeding Why do we recommend breastfeeding for a year? Why do we recommend formula for a year? Most doctors probably don’t have a clue. Its just what they learned in training. In the mid 1980s there...

When I Grow Up

Submitted by Melony Parker Siblings, older brother and younger sister, came in together for annual physicals. While putting in their preliminary information, the nurse asked the younger sister, "So what do you want to be when you grow up?" She was too upset about...