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The Informed Parent

What’s Up, Doc

by John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on Aug. 26, 2013
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1. ADULT PRESCRIPTION DRUG USE AND PEDIATRIC MEDICATION EXPOSURES AND POISONINGS

PEDICATICS, July 2013, vol. 132, p. 18 by Lindsey Burghardt, M.D., et.al.

The author concludes:

“Increasing adult drug prescriptions are strongly associated with rising pediatric exposures and poisonings, particularly for opioids and among children 0 to 5 years old. These associations have sizable impacts, including high rates of serious injury and health care use.” 

COMMENT:

This article emphasizes the need for parents to be sure that their own and maybe more importantly their relatives and friend’s medications are not in easy reach for their children.  One lapse in supervision can lead to severe and even fatal outcomes from a child ingesting someone’s blood pressure, diabetic, seizure or psychiatric medications.

A likely place to encounter these substances is grandparent’s and senior relative’s homes. Your job, as a parent, is to be alert to potential dangers.

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2.TIME INTERVAL BETWEEN CONCUSSIONS AND SYMPTOM DURATION

PEDIATRICS, July 2013, vol. 132, p. 8 by Matthew Eisinberg, M.D., et.al.

The authors show that children with a previous concussion (within one year) or multiple concussions may have prolonged symptoms of a concussion.

COMMENT:

This study underlines the fact that we cannot take concussions lightly. They are significant head injuries and the child cannot be allowed to resume full sports or play activity until he has a completely normal examination. And this time may be prolonged, as the author shows.

In my practice I am all too often pressed by parents to allow their child to return to a sport before complete recovery has occurred. They are trying out for an All Star Team, or a very important trial is coming up.

We must remember, one’s brain must last a lifetime. And as yet there is no such thing as a brain transplant. No game is more important than protecting your child’s brain.

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3. RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS FOR IMMUNIZATION AND RISK OF PERTUSSIS IN NEW YORK STATE, 2000-2011

PEDIATRICS, July 2013, vol. 132, p. 37 by Aamer Imdad, M.D.

Dr. Imdad’s article points out:

“The prevalence of religious exemptions varies among NYS counties and increased during the past decade. Counties with higher exemption rates had higher rates of reported pertussis among exempted and vaccinated children when compared with the low-exemption counties. More studies are needed to characterize differences.”

COMMENTS:

Here we go again! This tells us what we knew already but gives us statistical evidence to support the concept that if you don’t immunize you will get more cases.

Parents who refuse immunizations are not only risking the health of their own child, but the other children they come in contact with as well. I can’t understand how we as a society tolerate this form of “child abuse”. Please, let’s wake up! 




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