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.
All signs indicated that he needed an appendectomy. And then the doctors performed a CT scan on his abdomen.
All the lotions and creams I applied did nothing to alleviate the rash. What more can I do?
Constipation can lead to painful and hard bowel movements, sometimes resulting in fissures that cause some bleeding from the rectum.
The baby keeps running a fever with no other symptoms. What could it be?
Protein in the urine—what does it mean?
Common questions about newborn’s ability to see are brought to our attention.
Dr. Theriot answers a question about CDH, or Congential dislocation of the hips
Hot tub Folliculitis is a localized infection of the hair follicle caused by a specific bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is a water-loving organism.
What to do with a new baby girl who has enlarged breasts and vaginal bleeding? Should we be worried?
Fluoride drops used to be a common procedure for our growing children. Why has this been discontinued?
When tiny lesions on a newborn are common or infectious.
There is a decided difference in an outer ear versus inner ear infection. Treatment for either should apply to bring relief from the pain.
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?
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?
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.
The diaper looked full of blood, but the doctor assured me that it was NOT, and nothing to be concerned about.
I thought the flu shot was suppose to keep us healthy this winter. We have all been sick with one thing or another.
Vitamin K is routinely given to all newborns in the delivery room. It is a preventable measure of excess bleeding which the infants lack.
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.
My child has pain in his legs. It comes and goes. How serious is this, and should we consult the doctor?
But the doctor heard a murmur! Does this mean surgery and medication and hospitalization for my baby?
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?
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.
All the signs pointed to appendicitis. But wait---it could be something less invasive.
Hydrocoeles are quite common in newborn males. Dr. Theriot examines what they are and why they form.
Dr. Theriot takes a look at ganglion cysts—what they are, how they form, and what to do about them.
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.
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.
Moles, or pigmented nevi, are very common. There are two major classifications of pigmented nevi: congenital or acquired, Which should you be concerned about?
A second varivax shot is highly recommended to protect against chicken-pox.
Symptoms for Roseola are not always fool proof.
This viral infection is self-limiting and resolves with time.
Dr. Theriot looks at three cases of ear drainage, all with different causes and treatments.
Dr. Theriot looks at Melatonin in part two or this article.
Dr. Theriot concludes his look at the needs of gifted children.
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?
Dr. Theriot continues his examination of the needs of gifted children.
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.
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.
Dr. Theriot explores how to ease the transition of a new baby into families who already have older children.
“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?”
Few moments in life are as magical and momentous as bringing the new baby home from the hospital.
While umbilical cord blood transplant holds much promise for the future, it is not without controversy.
How to live with, and overcome, the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn.
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.
The treatment of sinusitis deserves special attention. A true sinus infection must be treated with 14 - 21 days of antibiotics.
A look at how mercury levels have changed in vaccines, and the diminished risk from mercury as a result.
Here is the origin of chicken pox and Fifth disease.
A case of shingles examined: what it is, how contagious it is, and how to treat.
Even though a student is getting A's and B's this doesn't preclude them from possibly having ADD.
Dr. Theriot relates a patient's issues with eyedrops, and how to administer them correctly.
Dr, Theriot continues an examination of the treatments for ADD.
Dr. Theriot begins an overview of treatments for ADD.
The appearance of white spots gave cause for concern, even though there was no discomfort associated with them.
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.
Vaginitis is the result of irritation and inflammation from various causes. One of the most common causes for female children is bubble baths.
A look at phytophotodermatitis,
Dr. Theriot takes a look at how tarantula hairs can cause opthalmia nodosa.
Appendicitis is the great imitator. There is a classic presentation for acute appendicitis. However, it can take on the appearance of something entirely different.
Dr. Theriot relates a patient history demonstrating the dangers of swallowing coins.
That red and pussy finger/thumb is infected Herpes simplex. How to differentiate this from a more serious bacterial infection.
Dr. Theriot recounts several instances where abnormal lab results aren't really abnormal.
HSP is an syndrome or constellation of symptoms that can affect any age, but it is far more common in children than adults.
Dr. Theriot takes a look at sepsis, and why a temperature of 100.4 degrees can mean hospital admission for newborns.
A look at one parent's concerns over the chicken pox vaccine.
What is a normal bowel movement for a newborn? What about the infant’s snorting and sneezing? When should I be concerned?
Warts are caused by a virus, the human papillomavirus, and can occur virtually anywhere there is skin. The peak age in the pediatric population is around 12-16 years. Interestingly, over 66 percent of ALL warts in children will resolve spontaneously within two years without any treatment.