2016 HOUSTON THEATER DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE

Posted: July 19, 2015

  It’s hard to believe it’s been 23 years, and I can remember the excitement of the first one:    Sunday, August 28th is date of  the annual Houston Theater District Open House.  This even is a free, fun-filled family day of … Continue reading

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POISON IN PODS

Posted: July 13, 2015

An important part of the safety awareness  portion of a well baby/child visit has always been a review of safety measures appropriate for the child at the age of the particular visit.  Most of the subjects discussed–car seats, secure storage … Continue reading

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PUTTING ENTEROVIRUS 68 INTO PERSPECTIVE

Posted: September 17, 2014

Although the news coverage has  receded a bit,  many  articles still describe the recent enterovirus 68 outbreak as a “mystery virus.”   While there have been hundreds of children affected with the illness and spread to additional states being reported, it is … Continue reading

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FDA WARNS AGAINST ANOTHER “TEETHING MEDICINE”

Posted: June 29, 2014

With a source of discomfort as common as teething in infants–that would be an incidence of about 100%–parents are familiar with the wide variety of approaches to the pain that are utilized.  Probably the most familiar is the use of … Continue reading

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SUMMER UPDATE: SUNSCREEN IN A STICK

Posted: May 27, 2014

In Houston, and perhaps in a lot of other places summer and intense sun exposure having been a little slow in showing up this year.  Well, good.  We’ll take that.  But with summer just about upon us, it’s important to … Continue reading

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MIXED EVIDENCE FOR PROBIOTIC BENEFITS

Posted: April 1, 2014

Claims about the benefits of probiotics in both children and adults have been emerging for some years already, with the alleged benefits so numerous that it can be tricky to know just how much to believe.   In January of … Continue reading

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RX: READ TO YOUR KIDS

Posted: January 21, 2014

Some months ago, the Wall Street Journal featured an op-ed piece by Steve Cohen, discussing a preschool program much different from those that are best known, such as the Head Start Program.  The approach of this program is atypical in … Continue reading

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RECOGNIZING THE AVAILABILITY, HAZARDS OF E-CIGARETTES IN TEENS

Posted: December 2, 2013

In a recent issue of AAP News, the Academy is bringing to parents’ attention a risk that is generally not associated with adolescents, but has joined the list of products intended or adult use, but which has found its appeal … Continue reading

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AN IMPORTANT BUT UNDER-RECOGNIZED AUTO RISK FOR CHILDREN

Posted: November 4, 2013

A September  front page article in the Houston Chronicle featured a lengthy, detailed, and poignant presentation  of a type of vehicle accident involving young children which is neither new nor rare, but somehow generates less awareness among parents than it deserves. Using … Continue reading

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THE SEASON LOOMS: HESITANT ABOUT THE FLU VACCINE?

Posted: October 7, 2013

Health news and recommendations in the month of October invariably brings the annual campaign to get those flu shots.  Actually, even the term is simplistic  as influenza vaccine has for some years come as in a nasal spray form as well … Continue reading

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‘HOW TO PRAISE YOUR CHILDREN”–EXCELLENT FIVE MINUTE VIDEO LESSON

Posted: September 2, 2013

This post is completely different from all previous ones.  But it offers something of great value.  This is a link to one of the five minute “courses” from a website called PragerUniversity.com, an excellent collection of short talks on a … Continue reading

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SOME NEW HELP IN DECIDING WHEN EAR TUBES ARE APPROPRIATE

Posted: July 29, 2013

Ear infections are one of the most common reasons for illness office visits for kids, and many of the parents of the children afflicted with them are familiar with the placement of tiny tubes in one or both eardrums to … Continue reading

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THE AAP REVISITS THE CIRCUMCISION DEBATE

Posted: February 18, 2013

One of the most frequent question asked by new parents during a prenatal visit or at the first hospital newborn visit just happens to be about a subject that involves only half of   babies being born.   That would, of course, be … Continue reading

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WHAT EXACTLY IS “THE MENINGITIS VACCINE?”

Posted: January 1, 2013

We would probably have to go back to FDR’s “New Deal” of the 1930’s to find more “alphabet soup” than we encounter with our current list of recommended childhood vaccines    (And if you don’t  recognize that reference,  some American history review … Continue reading

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SOME BIG TOXICITY IN SMALL BOTTLES

Posted: November 18, 2012

In October the FDA issued a warning bringing to parents’ attention the unrecognized dangers of  agents that cause cause significant toxicity in small amounts–which is exactly the way these medications come.  The bulletin involved over-the-counter eyedrops and nosesprays that come … Continue reading

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SOME JUMPING TO JUMP AWAY FROM

Posted: October 25, 2012

The Academy released online an updated statement  on recreational trampoline use in late September, and  although there has been a consistent decline in the rates of injury in the last eight years, the most reliable estimate is that as recently … Continue reading

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PEDIPATTER PERSPECTIVE

Posted: September 10, 2012

PediPatter is an online pediatrics newsletter/blog written and edited on a non-scheduled, ongoing  basis by Dr. David Cotlar.  Its content is provided for the enlightenment and updating of our patients’ families and anyone else interested in developments in pediatric medicine. I … Continue reading

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AND YOU THOUGHT THOSE MUSIC LESSONS WERE A WASTE?

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It is one one of the cliches of childhood and child-rearing:  you pay for lessons (unless it’s at school for free)  and an instrument or at least rental, the kid plays for a year or two or three, and then … Continue reading

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WEST NILE IN TEXAS: KIDS’ MOSQUITO PROTECTION TIPS FROM THE AAP

Posted: August 13, 2012

The Houston Chronicle, citing local infectious disease experts,  reported August 13th that the Houston area is likely to experience an increase in exposure to the potentially serious West Nile virus from mosquitos carrying this agent.  As many people know, there has … Continue reading

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BEYOND SUBWAY MUSICIANS

Posted: July 9, 2012

To follow the usual format of our newsletter, this posting should really be in the musical links section, since that’s exactly what this is. However this six minute  clip, recorded in what appears to be a town square in the … Continue reading

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AND NOW NEWLY RECOGNIZED RISKS OF “SECONDHAND” SMOKE?

Posted: June 28, 2012

Having a single study, and a small one at that, suggesting previously a unrecognized health risk does not necessarilly establish a convincing case, but an interesting and possibly important possibility came out of a major national medical meeting in late May.  At first … Continue reading

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A RISKY RIDE: PARENTS HELPING THEIR KIDS DOWN THE SLIDING BOARD

Posted: May 1, 2012

With  many of the earlier forms  of  equipment now removed from public and private playgrounds, these do seem safer than ever, but there is always  the unexpected.  In this case: a hazard from parents trying to assist toddlers  down the sliding board in a way that … Continue reading

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NETI-POT AND A NASTY PARASITE

Posted: January 10, 2012

When seeing kids in the office with nasal viral respiratory infections,  I often casually  mention that the most suitable “medication” at the pharmacy happens to also be the least expensive, non-prescription,  and negligible  in terms of side effects.  Specifically, saline, salt water.  For infants … Continue reading

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FDA WARNING: “FAREWELL BABY TYLENOL DROPS” REVISITED

Posted: January 9, 2012

In May of last year, I posted an article titled, “Farewell Baby Tylenol Drops.”  The item described the industry-wide decision to discontinue the  more concentrated drops form of acetominophen for infants in favor of the lower concentration which previously made up … Continue reading

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LOCALIZED PREVENTIVE MEDICINE NO LONGER LOCALIZED

Posted: January 3, 2012

“The eyes may be the window to the soul, but the mouth provides an even better view of the body as a whole,” began an importantly instructive  article  in the health section of December 27th issue of The Wall Street … Continue reading

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MEDIA USE UNDER TWO YEARS: AN AAP UPDATE

Posted: December 14, 2011

It is obvious that the availibility, appeal, and reliance on electronic media for babies and toddlers has proliferated enormously over the last several years.  Toddlers navigating Ipads,  LCD’s and plasma screens throughout the house, cars, and on countless handheld devises … Continue reading

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REVISED SAFE INFANT SLEEP-RELATED PRACTICES FROM THE AAP

Posted: November 28, 2011

It’s now been almost two decades since the AAP officially published itsfirst official recommendation that infants be slept supine–on their backs not abdomens–after solid research strongly supported that this reduced the incidence of SIDS.  And indeed, this has been, thankfully, highly … Continue reading

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AND NOW: A GRANDMA AND ZAYDE SHOT TO PROTECT THE BABY

Posted: October 5, 2011

For many years, the vaccine combination of DPT, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and tetanus was given as part of the regular schedule only until the age of about five.  Booster doses for adolescents and adults consisted of only the tetanus … Continue reading

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AAP: SAFE SWADDLING TO PREVENT HIP DISLOCATION

Posted: September 15, 2011

Many parents are probably familiar with the widely recognized “5 S’s” protocol for fussy babies by Los Angeles  pediatrician, Dr. Harvey Karp.  The program in its books and DVD’s is also known by the anticipated results:  “The Happiest Baby on … Continue reading

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INFLUENZA 2011: AAP RECOMMENDATIONS

Posted: September 5, 2011

Although there is nothing  dramatic or significantly new in this official statement , it will be appearing in many  spots in the media, and I  thought would be worth posting in its original wording.  It essentially encourages flu vaccine for all children six months … Continue reading

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