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The Informed Parent

Scanning the Journals

by John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on Jan. 01, 1997

I'm going to depart from the usual format of this column. Through my help parents in my practice have found a very useful information source. Pediatrics In Review provides excellent discussions of general diagnostic and management problems.It is written for pediatricians, but an interested parent can easily understand the text and glean a great deal of information. Few parents have told me that it was too scientific or of no value.

Parents have become better "team members" as a result of sharing these articles. Pediatricians have found an informed parent to be a valuable asset. Copies of these articles are available in most hospital medical libraries, and the vast majority of board certified pediatricians are subscribers.

Upon examining the 1997 issues of Pediatrics In Review, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the following references proved very informative for parents:

January 1997:Febrile Seizures (Fever Convulsions)

Menstrual Disorders in the Adolescent.

April 1997:Breastfeeding Undate I.

Management of Animal Bites.

May 1997:Breastfeeding Update II.

Poisonous Plants.

June 1997: Nocturnal Enuresis (Bedwetting).

July 1997: Infant Growth and Development.

August 1997: Toddler Development.

Behavior Problems Among Schoolage Children.

September 1997: Preschool Development I.

October 1997: Preschool Development II.

November 1997: Substance Abuse Among Children and Adolescents.

December 1997: Child Occupant Protection in Motor Vehicles.

This listing is only a small percentage of topics covered. These were the most applicable for the useful expansion of the parent information pool.

As a practicing pediatrician I find that the PREP publications are one of the major sources of updating my own fund of knowledge. It is the cornerstone of the recertification program of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This organization serves a vital function in keeping the Board Certified Pediatricians current in diagnostic and patient management issues. Pediatricians and parents alike owe a thank you to the Academy for a job well done.

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