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You’re viewing: John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.

  1. Infection As Cause For Developmental Malformation ›

    Once thought to be a genetic cause, now believed to be an infection.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Is there poison in my baby’s first food?/ How safe are our playgrounds and what can we do to improve them?/ What is the difference between Influenza A and Influenza B?

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A vaccination for rotavirus; repeated doses of antenatal corticosteroid shows no effect on the health in later childhood; risk of febrile seizures extremely small when given vaccination concurrently with PC V and DTaP.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Phototherapy and Type 1 Diabetes? Staphylococcus aureus changes.

  1. Time to Recover ›

    Our children are inundated with such tight schedules they suffer from lack of down time. Help them to work out a balanced time schedule.

  1. Training For Parenthood ›

    Where can I find a quality book on being a parent? What you say reflects on your own parents?

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    1) The Journal looks at occult fractures in children and when it should be reported to the authorities. 2) Proof that total family involvement is needed to help the obese child. 3) Re-emphasizing the value of home-reading to preschool children.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A pediatric publication sends disturbing articles to the public concerning toddlers being medicated for ADHD; “Chickenpox-Parties”; dangers of laser pointers.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    PEDIATRICS articles review Seizures, Health-Care, Pertussis Immunizations, Streptococcal Tests and ADHD Treatment.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A review of the pediatric literature.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A current review of the importance of immunizing children, plus a look at parental smoking during pregnancy.

  1. Is Mediocrity Really Our Goal In Parenting? ›

    “Doing the best you can” leads to mediocrity. Our youngsters are growing up with the mind-set of being average in all that they do.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    1) There is a great need to improve the quality of ADHD care received by children. 2) The great value of pneumococcal conjugated vaccine.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    1) All-terrain vehicle crashes can be fatal to pediatric age children. 2) A closer look at laundry detergent pods when small children are exposed to them.

  1. Unconditional Regard ›

    How to establish self-esteem in our children.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    The risks in delaying measles vaccination/ the ADHD adolescent who neglects to take his meds.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Comments regarding the measles outbreak in Southern California.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Review of articles on medication errors and the impact of concussions.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A clinical report on infant sleep machines, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for immersion in water during labor and delivery.

  1. What’s Up, Doc?: Cannabis ›

    Due to increasing social acceptance, it is becoming harder to convince adolescent patients that there are risks to using marijuana.

  1. The “Many” Medications for ADHD ›

    Misinformation can lead one to believe there are many different medications to help ADHD. In fact, there are only two.

  1. The Value Of A Teaching Hospital ›

    Any Children’s Hospital with pediatric residents involved is an asset for the health of your child. One should be grateful and respectful toward these dedicated physicians.

  1. What’s Up, Doc? ›

    There is some question as to children’s cognitive development being effected by breastfeeding. True or false? 2) The inappropriate use of a laser pointer has caused one child lose of visual acuity. One must be aware of such behavior.

  1. Truancy ›

    There are a certain number of children who habitually miss school or are tardy. How can this problem be resolved, and who is to blame?

  1. Canada Halts Adderall Sales ›

    How Canada's halt on Adderall sales effects decisions in our office.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Firearm injuries obviously require hospitalization. / How effective is xylitol syrup in reducing acute otitis media?. / What is the effect of cognitive activity level on duration of post-concussion symptoms?

  1. Time To Parent ›

    But I coach my son’s soccer team and she drives them to ballet and piano lessons. Isn’t that enough to qualify us as good parents? NO! It takes one-on-one TIME.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A review of articles dealing with a new way to measure bilirubin in infants, the effect of acetametaphen in relieving pain, and the importance of vaccines to prevent meningitis and whooping cough.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Do allergy shots make a difference?

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Dr. Samson reviews the literature and looks at: 1. The value of the current rotavirus vaccine as compared to the previous vaccine. 2. The importance of minimal formula intake while waiting for mother’s breast milk to mature.

  1. What’s Up, Doc? ›

    Three articles appearing in PEDIATRICS magazine to enlighten our readers on the health and care of their children.

  1. Lactose Intolerance vs Milk Allergy ›

    What is the difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy?

  1. The Peanut Butter Kid ›

    The radical change in my child’s disposition has me concerned as to the cause. What became of my sweet little angel to change into a cranky ol’ frog?

  1. What’s Up, Doc ›

    Dr. Samson reviews recent journal articles, including the topics of pediatric medication exposure, concussions, and immunizations.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Medical literature in PEDIATRICS Journal, June 2013, Volume 131, Number 6 gives one a clearer understanding of the rotavirus vaccine, limited formula for breastfed infants, the effects of elevated blood lead levels , hydrocarbon-related injuries, and allergen-specific immunotherapy.

  1. What’s Up, Doc? ›

    The prior series on medical literature review has proven popular, and requests for resumption has moved me to follow our reader’s wishes.

  1. The Night Crier ›

    Nighttime is miserable. My baby wakes up screaming every two hours. This has been going on for weeks. What can be the matter?

  1. Antibiotics: Friend Or Foe? ›

    You have an infection. The drippy nose goes on and on. Why hasn’t the antibiotic done any good?

  1. Heel Pain ›

    With soccer season in full swing, many a player will begin complaining of heel pain. How serious is this, and how can it be avoided?

  1. When Can I Start Solids For My Baby? ›

    Waiting until the infant reaches six months of age reduces the risk of food allergies.

  1. Cow Milk Protein Allergy ›

    My baby developed an intolerance for cow’s milk. But he does okay with some dairy products. How come?

  1. Between A Rock And A Hard Place ›

    Obesity in the United States is an obvious problem. In order to get control of it we must start with our children. Sugar, sugar sugar…too much of a good thing.

  1. Allergy vs Vasomotor Rhinitis ›

    Does your child always seem to have a cold? He can have a clear runny nose for days at a time , usually without any fever. He seems to feel alright except for the cold symptoms. Is it worthwhile taking him in to see his doctor, or is he just susceptible to colds?

  1. Take Charge Of Your Child’s Education ›

    Parents seem to have abdicated their role in the education of their children. When did this happen? Why did the parents give up control?

  1. History Repeats Itself ›

    Measles outbreak is back! And California leads the nation in contracting this contagious disease.

  1. The Role of Residents In A Hospital ›

    Just how important are the residents and interns in a hospital? I know they are there to learn, but are the patients at the mercy of their learning?

  1. Fever Is Our Friend: How Come Reptiles Are Smarter Than Humans? ›

    Due to the large volume of phone calls from our patients regarding FEVER, we will be running this article again! This is a topic that needs to be addressed every cold weather season. It is time for a clearer understanding of the topic of elevated body temperature.

  1. Probiotics – Useful Or Just Costly? ›

    What do the studies say about the usefulness of probiotics?

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Dr. Samson examines the literature to look at new studies in jaundice, peanut allergies, and cardiovascular disease.

  1. Here Comes School Again With Its Demands! ›

    September is here and so is school. Those extra curricular activities are great, but what priority do they become in your family?

  1. It’s Red, It Itches And I Don’t Want It ›

    Dr. Samson on Pityriasis Rosea, a relatively common skin condition that is seen most frequently in children and young adults.

  1. Please Ask The Right Question! ›

    Most of us spend our entire lives asking ourselves one wrong question after another. This leads to frustration, non-achievement of goals and sometimes outburst behavior to others.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    1) The usage of infant car seats is sometimes mishandled. Let us understand the degree of danger this puts on our babies. 2) Household cleaning product-related injuries are still happening. We must not let our guard down in preventing them.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    1. There is no deficit in height growth associated with stimulant treatment for ADD. 2. Routine screening of all children would find cases of dyslipidemia that would not have been indicated by family history.

  1. To Test Or Not To Test — That Is Not The Question ›

    Allergy tests, both skin and blood (RAST) tests, are very useful but must be correlated with the patient’s history and clinical food trials. False positive tests are seen and may lead to an overly restrictive diet or unnecessary allergy shots.

  1. Newborn Jaundice Can Be A Medical Emergency ›

    Although certain light sources do reduce bilirubin levels in the jaundical newborn, you may waste valuable time ineffectively by placing a clothed baby under a light source. Have the bilirubin level measured and, if needed, instigate an effective method of lowering it.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A review of the pediatric literature.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A review of the pediatric literature.

  1. Autism Study On Vaccines Retracted ›

    A retraction announcement was made linking measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism and bowel disease.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A review of the pediatric literature.

  1. What’s Up Doc ›

    A review of the pediatric literature.

  1. What’s Up Doc ›

    A review of the pediatric literature.

  1. A New Drug For ADHD? ›

    INTUNIV may prove ideal for patients who have combined Tourette's syndrome and ADHD.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    A review of the pediatric literature.

  1. What’s Up! ›

    A review of the pediatric literature.

  1. What’s Up! ›

    A review of the pediatric literature.

  1. Swine Flu Scare ›

    Common sense approaches are highlighted in the wake of the Swine Flu scare.

  1. Stimulants And Growth, Part 2 ›

    Part two of a two-part look at stimulants and growth.

  1. Stimulants and Growth ›

    Part one of a two-part look at stimulants and growth.

  1. Clear the Fog On Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder ›

    A look at the recommendations before taking medication for ADHD syndromes.

  1. Don’t Push the Panic Button ›

    Panic is not a practical tool when countering diseases.

  1. New Treatment for ADD? ›

    An overview of some of the commonly used medications for ADD/ADHD.

  1. Smoke and Flames Across The Ridge ›

    The dangers of wild fires for children.

  1. All Persistent Runny Noses and Coughs Are Not Allergy ›

    A quick look at Vasomotor Reactive Airway Disease.

  1. All-Terrain Vehicles: Are ATV’s Really Safe For Children? ›

    Does wearing a helmet protect children riding ATVs, and should they ride ATVs at all?

  1. Who’s in Charge Here? ›

    The hallmark of effective parenting is a consistent and unified approach by both parents.

  1. Does Television Exposure Provoke ADHD Behaviors? ›

    A look into any causes between ADHD behavior and television viewing.

  1. More Information From Pediatric Medical Literature: Diagnosis Before Treatment of Sore Throat? ›

    Why it's important to diagnose group A Streptococcus pharyngitis before beginning antibiotic treatment.

  1. What Does The Pediatric Medical Literature Tell Us? ›

    Some quick summaries from pediatric studies.

  1. Lactose Intolerance and Milk Allergy ›

    Dr. Samson looks at a common misconception about lactose intolerance.

  1. Evaluate the Whole Patient—Not Just the Fever, Part 2 ›

    Useful information about fevers, including how a child with a fever of 102 degrees can be sicker than a child with a fever of 105 degrees.

  1. Stool Toileting Refusal ›

    Dr. Samson discusses the tense subject of toilet training.

  1. Athlete’s Vomiting ›

    A case-study of a student athlete.

  1. Strattera and the ADD Patient ›

    Strattera has been a significant addition to the therapeutic armamentarium for Attention Deficit Disorder.

  1. Green Bowel Movements ›

    Green does not always indicate a disease process. Normal variations in bowel function can present with this color change.

  1. Question & Answers: Green Bowel Movements + Nasal Discharge ›

    Dr. Samson answers a question about bowel movements, as well as another on nasal discharge.

  1. Here Comes Stinky! ›

    Dr. Samson looks at the different causes of encopresis.

  1. Scanning the Journals ›

    A look at recent pediatric articles of relevance to today's parent.

  1. Low Humidity and Respiratory Difficulties ›

    When the humidity falls below 40% the appearance of nasal, throat and lung symptoms increases. During the winter months, when we are faced with decreased moisture in the air due to furnace and heater use, we must try to keep the humidity above this level. A simple method of monitoring room humidity is discussed.

  1. Allergic vs Vasomotor Rhinitis ›

    Dr. Samson takes a look at rhinitis and the treatments available.

  1. Screen Time ›

    Dr. Samson takes a look at the amount of time kids spend on the computer, and the dynamic between parents and children in determining an appropriate amount.

  1. Can My Son Be Allergic To Air Conditioning? ›

    Cold, dry air in some children and adults can provoke a reaction that looks like an allergy. The article explores this fact.

  1. Teen Breast Lumps ›

    A breast lump immediately under the nipple in a teen is usually a benign issue if other signs of sexual development are absent. It is always prudent to consult your pediatrician if you encounter this in your child.

  1. Wild Imagination ›

    When is an imagination too much?

  1. Stretching Pays Off ›

    The importance of warm-ups and stretching.

  1. Code of Discipline - part 2 ›

    How to establish appropriate discipline for your child, part two.

  1. Code of Discipline - part 1 ›

    How to establish appropriate discipline for your child.

  1. Umbilical Hernia ›

    Dr. Samson examines umbilical hernias.

  1. It’s Time to Wake Up: Do Not Pass Up Immunizations ›

    The importance of receiving immunizations.

  1. Teen Menstrual Cycle ›

    Dr. Samson looks at the subject of irregular menstrual cycles.

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