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 must present the usual caveat: material presented should not be used as the basis for medical diagnostic or therapeutic decision making. Individual situations usually call for specific consultation with a family’s personal medical professionals. It is hoped that most of the articles will be grounded in “evidence-based medicine,” while others have more of a subjective perspective on pediatric items in the news. And some will, admittedly,  be entirely the opinion of the writer based on his personal cultural and values views. I will try to identify those items that fall in the latter category.