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  • Diabetes and Your Child
    With the rise of newly diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children in the US, it’s now more important than ever for both parents and children Read more
  • HOUSTON THEATER DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE 2019
    Hard to believe it’s been 26 years, though I remember the excitement of taking my own kids to  the first one:  in a few weeks, on Sunday, the 25th of August, Read more
  • URGENT CARE OR EMERGENCY ROOM?
    Parents will often comment that their children "always" seem to develop an illness or injure themselves and need medical attention  after pediatric office hours, weekends, or holidays.  While the reality Read more
  • A Perspective on Acute Flaccid Myelitis
    Occasionally diseases that are actually pretty rare attract enough attention though media (and social media), that they are perceived to be far more prevalent and threatening than they actually are. Read more
  • FLU VACCINE 2018--THE BASICS TO KNOW
      Vaccine for the 2018-2019 flu season is now arriving in physicians’ offices and other facilities that offer vaccine administration, and on September 3rd the AAP announced its policy statement on Read more
  • A VERY HELPFUL DEVELOPMENTAL TRACKEDR
    One of the most important goals of pediatric checkups, especially in the first two or three years, is monitoring  child development.  Recognition of the attainment of developmental milestones at the Read more
  • MIXED EVIDENCE FOR PROBIOTIC BENEFITS
    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 Read more
  • A RISKY RIDE: PARENTS HELPING THEIR KIDS DOWN THE SLIDING BOARD
    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: Read more
  • MEDIA USE UNDER TWO YEARS: AN AAP UPDATE
    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 Read more
  • PUTTING ENTEROVIRUS 68 INTO PERSPECTIVE
    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 Read more
  • POISON IN PODS
    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 Read more
  • LOCALIZED PREVENTIVE MEDICINE NO LONGER LOCALIZED
    “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 Read more
  • PEDIPATTER PERSPECTIVE
    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 Read more
  • AAP: SAFE SWADDLING TO PREVENT HIP DISLOCATION
    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 Read more
  • AN IMPORTANT BUT UNDER-RECOGNIZED AUTO RISK FOR CHILDREN
    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 Read more
  • NETI-POT AND A NASTY PARASITE
    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, Read more