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The Informed Parent

What’s Up Doc?

by John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on Mar. 02, 2015


By Kristen A. Feemster, MD. MPH, MSHPR, Journal of Pediatrics, March 2014, Vol. 164, No. 3, pg. 674.

The simple and straightforward report supports the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding the timing of vaccinations.

More and more, parents want to alter the vaccine schedule to fit their personal, intuitive feelings. These feelings are usually based on unfounded concepts. This gives us an evidence based fact that can be best stated by quoting the author’s own words: “Measles-containing vaccines are associated with a lower increased risk of seizures when administered at 12 to15 months of age.”

Need I say more? Let’s follow the evidence, not intuition, when making medical decisions that affect our children.



By Flaura K. Winston, MD, PhD, Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN, Daniel V. McGehee, PhD, Journal of Pediatrics, March 2014, Vol. 164, No 3, pg. 674.

This article states, in so many words, that distracted and unfocused teen drivers may be at a higher risk for driving violations and accidents.

In my own practice that has certainly been the case in my ADHD patients that drive without taking the medication that keeps them focused. Some patients do not take their medication on weekends where they are more likely to drive more. Furthermore, the unmedicated ADHD teen, texting or using alcohol while driving, is at an even higher risk for citations, accidents and serious physical injury.

Parents, your teen is handling a potentially lethal, 4000 lb. weapon when he or she puts a steering wheel in her hand. Please use the same caution you would if your adolescent walked out the door with a gun.

I can hear you now saying, “Come on Dr. Samson. Isn’t that a little dramatic?” If we look at the statistics, which weapon—the car or the gun—injures, maims and kills more teens? The auto is the “champ”. Be sure your ADHD teen is properly medicated when driving.

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