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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • INFLUENZA 2011: AAP RECOMMENDATIONS
    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 Read more
  • WEST NILE IN TEXAS: KIDS’ MOSQUITO PROTECTION TIPS FROM THE AAP
    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 Read more
  • FDA WARNS AGAINST ANOTHER “TEETHING MEDICINE”
    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 Read more
  • FDA WARNING: “FAREWELL BABY TYLENOL DROPS” REVISITED
    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 Read more
  • WHAT EXACTLY IS “THE MENINGITIS VACCINE?”
    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  Read more
  • BEYOND SUBWAY MUSICIANS
    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 Read more
  • AND YOU THOUGHT THOSE MUSIC LESSONS WERE A WASTE?
    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 Read more
  • AND NOW: A GRANDMA AND ZAYDE SHOT TO PROTECT THE BABY
    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 Read more
  • AND NOW NEWLY RECOGNIZED RISKS OF “SECONDHAND” SMOKE?
    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 Read more