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You’re viewing: Louis P. Theriot, M.D., F.A.A.P.

  1. Why Two Doses of MMR and Chickenpox Vaccines? ›

    One used to be protected from measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox with one set of vaccines. Now we must receive two sets. Why?

  1. Toddler’s Fracture ›

    Justin couldn’t verbalize the exact location of the “hurt” but his body language indicated there was something more than a mere sprain.

  1. Ankyloglossia…Being Tongue-Tied ›

    The baby was not gaining weight. Mom’s breast-feeding was not going well. This was all due to the inability of the baby to properly suck.

  1. When Pneumonia Looks Like Appendicitis ›

    All signs indicated that he needed an appendectomy. And then the doctors performed a CT scan on his abdomen.

  1. It Isn’t Ringworm…Pityriasis Rosea ›

    All the lotions and creams I applied did nothing to alleviate the rash. What more can I do?

  1. Constipation In A Four-Year-Old Girl ›

    Constipation can lead to painful and hard bowel movements, sometimes resulting in fissures that cause some bleeding from the rectum.

  1. Fever…From A Urinary Tract Infection ›

    The baby keeps running a fever with no other symptoms. What could it be?

  1. When Protein In The Urine Is Not A Bad Thing—Postural Proteinuria ›

    Protein in the urine—what does it mean?

  1. Eye Facts For Newborns And Infants ›

    Common questions about newborn’s ability to see are brought to our attention.

  1. Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) ›

    Unprovoked bruising of the limbs may result in ITP.

  1. What’s Up Doc? ›

    Another study that shows vaccines are safe.

  1. Dermatographism ›

    Not all hives are an allergic reaction.

  1. Questions & Answers: Dislocated hips ›

    Dr. Theriot answers a question about CDH, or Congential dislocation of the hips

  1. Vocal Cord Nodules ›

    My very active child has a persistent raspy voice. Should I be concerned?

  1. It’s Not Chicken Pox and It’s Not Scabies…Hot Tub Folliclitis ›

    Hot tub Folliculitis is a localized infection of the hair follicle caused by a specific bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is a water-loving organism.

  1. Enlarged Breasts, Vaginal Bleeding And Milk Production…All Normal For A Newborn Female ›

    What to do with a new baby girl who has enlarged breasts and vaginal bleeding? Should we be worried?

  1. Facts About Fluoride ›

    Fluoride drops used to be a common procedure for our growing children. Why has this been discontinued?

  1. Canada Halts Adderall Sales ›

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

  1. Erythema Toxicum Neonatorum…Not As Bad As It Sound ›

    When tiny lesions on a newborn are common or infectious.

  1. Ear Infections…Outer Ear Versus Inner Ear ›

    There is a decided difference in an outer ear versus inner ear infection. Treatment for either should apply to bring relief from the pain.

  1. Menarche—When Should Menses Start? ›

    My friends are all bragging that they have started their periods. I’m 13 years old and nothing has happened. What is wrong with me?

  1. When Your Infant Won’t Sleep ›

    Obviously, a new baby in the house will be the reason for sleep deprived parents. The infant simply will not fall asleep without being held and cradled. Somehow this habit must come to an end---but how?

  1. Meatal Stenosis…Please Aim When You Urinate! ›

    Some young boys need frequent trips to the bathroom. They seem to be unable to direct the flow of urine. Help is on the way.

  1. When “Blood” In The Diaper Is Not Blood…Urate Crystals ›

    The diaper looked full of blood, but the doctor assured me that it was NOT, and nothing to be concerned about.

  1. But I Got My Flu Shot… ›

    I thought the flu shot was suppose to keep us healthy this winter. We have all been sick with one thing or another.

  1. Why Vitamin K In The Delivery Room? ›

    Vitamin K is routinely given to all newborns in the delivery room. It is a preventable measure of excess bleeding which the infants lack.

  1. It’s More Than Just ADD…Think Of Learning Disabilities ›

    A child with ADD can have control of the symptoms with the proper medication. However, very often these same children can have auditory or visual processing problems which must be addressed.

  1. Growing Pains In Children ›

    My child has pain in his legs. It comes and goes. How serious is this, and should we consult the doctor?

  1. Innocent Heart Murmurs in Children…No Cause For Concern ›

    But the doctor heard a murmur! Does this mean surgery and medication and hospitalization for my baby?

  1. Cryptorchidism, Or Undescended Testes ›

    Hey doc, the neonatal doctor said that his testicle had not come down, and that you would need to follow this. He told us this was not uncommon and not a problem. What do you think?

  1. Vaginitis In A 5-Year-Old ›

    Young girls often complain of painful urination that is frequent and urgent. While this may be the sign of a bladder infection necessitating antibiotics, it is also the sign of vaginitis, a more common and benign condition that does NOT require antibiotics. This article discusses vaginitis, the causes and the treatment.

  1. Mesenteric Adenitis…No Need For Surgery ›

    All the signs pointed to appendicitis. But wait---it could be something less invasive.

  1. Hydrocoele In A Newborn Male ›

    Hydrocoeles are quite common in newborn males. Dr. Theriot examines what they are and why they form.

  1. Ganglion Cyst Of The Wrist…Spare The Bible ›

    Dr. Theriot takes a look at ganglion cysts—what they are, how they form, and what to do about them.

  1. What Is Impetigo, Part 2 ›

    Impetigo can be contagious and threatening. The pediatrician can determine which main type is presented and how serious the case is. Let us look at the treatment of this infection.

  1. What Is Impetigo? ›

    No excerpt.

  1. Henoch-Schoenlein Purpura ›

    Henoch-Schoenlein Purpura is a childhood vasculitis that affects children under the age of 10 years. The symptoms include a purpuric rash (mainly of the lower extremities), swollen and painful joints, colicky abdominal pain and in some cases involvement of the kidneys. It is a relatively benign illness that resolves with nothing more than supportive care in the majority of cases. Most patients are back to their baseline within a few weeks, but there are a few exceptions.

  1. When Are Moles a Concern? ›

    Moles, or pigmented nevi, are very common. There are two major classifications of pigmented nevi: congenital or acquired, Which should you be concerned about?

  1. Chicken Pox Vaccine…Again? ›

    A second varivax shot is highly recommended to protect against chicken-pox.

  1. Fever And Rash In A One-Year-Old That Is Not Roseola…But Due To A Vaccine We Gave ›

    Symptoms for Roseola are not always fool proof.

  1. Pertussis In California…Now An Epidemic ›

    How preventable is this infectious illness?

  1. Young Boy With A Limp — Toxic Synovitis ›

    This viral infection is self-limiting and resolves with time.

  1. Different Causes of Ear Drainage ›

    Dr. Theriot looks at three cases of ear drainage, all with different causes and treatments.

  1. It’s a Seizure, Not ADD! Petit Mal Seizures ›

    Dr. Theriot examines Petit Mal seizures.

  1. Facts About Melatonin As A Sleep Aid, Part 2 ›

    Dr. Theriot looks at Melatonin in part two or this article.

  1. Facts About Melatonin As A Sleep Aid ›

    Dr. Theriot examines Melatonin's usage as a sleep aid.

  1. The Special Needs Of The Gifted Child, Part 3 ›

    Dr. Theriot concludes his look at the needs of gifted children.

  1. Umbilical Granuloma ›

    The umbilical stump presents with raised red growth protruding from it and a yellowish lump at the base. Is this serious? How should it be treated?

  1. The Special Needs Of The Gifted Child, Part 2 ›

    Dr. Theriot continues his examination of the needs of gifted children.

  1. The Special Needs Of The Gifted Child, Part 1 ›

    Dr. Theriot looks at the gifted child.

  1. What A Strange Place For Strep ›

    This is a common skin infection that affects children from six months to 10 years of age. It is a bacteria that causes the classic strep throat, but is not a systemic infection.

  1. Different Presentations of Infectious Mononucleosis ›

    Infectious mononucleosis is a fairly common disease that is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. While many think of it as the “kissing disease” that affects teenagers, it actually can affect young children as well as young adults. It can present in many different ways.

  1. Kawasaki Syndrome ›

    A look at Kawasaki syndrome.

  1. Jaundice…What’s That? ›

    An overview of pediatric treatment for jaundice.

  1. When The New Baby Comes Home ›

    Dr. Theriot explores how to ease the transition of a new baby into families who already have older children.

  1. It Isn’t Measles ›

    “I have heard on the news about a measles outbreak in San Diego and Arizona. I’m worried that my baby has the disease and I’ve waited too long to bring her in,” she said in a trembling voice. “Will she be all right?”

  1. Coming Home With The New Baby ›

    Few moments in life are as magical and momentous as bringing the new baby home from the hospital.

  1. Patching Up ADD ›

    A look at Daytrana, a transdermal patch of Ritalin.

  1. Can Children Really Get Migraines? ›

    Learn more about migraines in children.

  1. Umbilical Cord Blood Banking…A Good Idea or Not? ›

    While umbilical cord blood transplant holds much promise for the future, it is not without controversy.

  1. Sleep, Glorious Sleep ›

    How to live with, and overcome, the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn.

  1. Yes Virginia, Another Chicken Pox Shot! ›

    A look at vaccine recommendations for chicken pox.

  1. Heat and Summer Sports ›

    A look at heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  1. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome ›

    A look at SIDS.

  1. Snoring In A Two-Year Old—A Problem, Or Not? ›

    When a person sleeps and is relaxed, the upper airways can somewhat collapse on themselves, narrowing the passageway for air into the lungs. Large adenoids further compromise the airway.

  1. A Refresher On Jaundice ›

    Dr. Theriot looks at jaundice.

  1. Sinusitis in Children: Often Times Things Aren’t Always As They Appear ›

    The treatment of sinusitis deserves special attention. A true sinus infection must be treated with 14 - 21 days of antibiotics.

  1. I Had the Flu Yesterday…Not! ›

    A look at viral gastroenteritis.

  1. The Bottom Line on Mercury ›

    A look at how mercury levels have changed in vaccines, and the diminished risk from mercury as a result.

  1. How Do Diseases Get Their Name? Chicken Pox and Fifth Disease ›

    Here is the origin of chicken pox and Fifth disease.

  1. And Yet Another New Vaccine ›

    A look at the HPV vaccine.

  1. Shingles? How Can That Be? ›

    A case of shingles examined: what it is, how contagious it is, and how to treat.

  1. The Worms Work The Graveyard Shift ›

    A look at pinworms.

  1. ADD? But She Gets Mostly A’s! ›

    Even though a student is getting A's and B's this doesn't preclude them from possibly having ADD.

  1. Are Pacifiers Finally Vindicated? ›

    A look at pacifiers and SIDS.

  1. How To Get The Drops In The Eye ›

    Dr. Theriot relates a patient's issues with eyedrops, and how to administer them correctly.

  1. What, Another Shot? Yes, There Is A New Vaccine ›

    A look at the pertussis vaccine.

  1. The Treatment Of ADD—Every Case Is Different, Part 2 ›

    Dr, Theriot continues an examination of the treatments for ADD.

  1. The Treatment Of ADD—Every Case Is Different, Part 1 ›

    Dr. Theriot begins an overview of treatments for ADD.

  1. The Flu…Or Not The Flu? ›

    Dr. Theriot clarifies the difference between colds and the true flu.

  1. White Spots And Splotches…What Could It Mean? ›

    The appearance of white spots gave cause for concern, even though there was no discomfort associated with them.

  1. Typical Newborn Questions ›

    Parents of a healthy newborn baby routinely come for the first doctor visit with these questions: a) weight gain b) bowel habits c) umbilical stump d) sneezing e) hiccups f) dry skin.

  1. The Red Eye ›

    Dr. Theriot examines the causes and treatment for conjunctivitis.

  1. Vaginitis in Toddlers ›

    Vaginitis is the result of irritation and inflammation from various causes. One of the most common causes for female children is bubble baths.

  1. When You Are Given Lemons, Make Lemonade… But You Can’t Forget The Lemons! Phytophotodermatitis ›

    A look at phytophotodermatitis,

  1. The Hairy Truth About Tarantulas ›

    Dr. Theriot takes a look at how tarantula hairs can cause opthalmia nodosa.

  1. Right-Sided Pain Is Not Always The Appendix ›

    Appendicitis is the great imitator. There is a classic presentation for acute appendicitis. However, it can take on the appearance of something entirely different.

  1. Coins Belong In The Piggy Bank ›

    Dr. Theriot relates a patient history demonstrating the dangers of swallowing coins.

  1. Herpetic Whitlow ›

    That red and pussy finger/thumb is infected Herpes simplex. How to differentiate this from a more serious bacterial infection.

  1. When An Abnormal Lab Test Is Not Really Abnormal ›

    Dr. Theriot recounts several instances where abnormal lab results aren't really abnormal.

  1. Henoch-Schonlein Purpura ›

    HSP is an syndrome or constellation of symptoms that can affect any age, but it is far more common in children than adults.

  1. Questions & Answers: Chicken Pox Vaccine ›

    Some common sense about the chicken pox vaccine.

  1. You Have To Laugh: Flu Shots ›

    An unexpected solution to a child's fear of shots.

  1. Hair Loss That’s Not a Problem: Telogen Effluvium ›

    A look at a case of telogen effluvium.

  1. West Nile Virus Revisited ›

    Dr. Theriot examines the West Nile Virus.

  1. Bothersome Big Breasts ›

    A look at three cases.

  1. Why 100.4 Degrees? ›

    Dr. Theriot takes a look at sepsis, and why a temperature of 100.4 degrees can mean hospital admission for newborns.

  1. Chicken Pox Vaccine—Give It, Or Not? ›

    A look at one parent's concerns over the chicken pox vaccine.

  1. Giardia…Watch What You Drink ›

    Dr. Theriot examines the treatment for Giardia.

  1. My Baby Has A Flat Head ›

    What is the difference between craniosynostosis and a flat head?

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