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The Informed Parent

What’s Up Doc?

by John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on Mar. 11, 2014

HOSPITALIZATIONS DUE TO FIREARM INJURIES IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS by John M. Leventhal, M.D., Julie R. Gaither, RN, MPH, Phil and Robert Sege, MD, PhD,  PEDIATRICS, VOL 133, Nu. 2, February 2014, pg 219

These author’s statistics support the need for tighter gun control by parents.

In 2009 an average of 20 United States children and adolescents were hospitalized each day.  This speaks for itself. We can’t allow our children to have access to guns, either intended or accidental. Come on parents--lets get control!

XYLITOL SYRUP FOR THE PREVENTION OF ACUTE OTITIS MEDIA by Louis Vernacchio, MD, Msc, Michael J. Corwin, MD, Richard M. Vezina, MPH, Steven I. Pelton, MD, Henry A. Feldman, PhD, Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, and Allen A. Mitchell, MD, PEDIATRICS, Vol 133, Nu. 2, Pebruary 2014, pg. 289

Xylitol is purported to protect against recurrent otitis media in children 6 months to 5 years.

The bottom line, according to these authors, found that this sugar alcohol given to 326 subjects at 5 grains 3 times per day was ineffective in reducing clinically diagnosed acute otitis media among ear infection prone children.

EFFECT OF COGNITIVE ACTIVITY LEVEL ON DURATION OF POST-CONCUSSION SYMPTOMS, Naomi J. Brown, MD, Rebekah C. Mannix, MD, MPH, Michael J. O’Brien, MD, David Gostine, BS, Michael W. Collins, PhD, and William P. Meechan III, MD, PEDIATRICS, 2014, 133-e299-e304, pg. 334

These authors support the fact that the cognitive ability may be impaired in the post-concussion period, up to an average of 43 days. They also suggest cognitive activity rest may shorten this time period.

More studies will be needed to support the need for cognitive activity rest after a concussion.

It has been our experience at Pediatric Medical Center that there may be a long period after a concussion of cognitive healing. It is interesting that our experience is that mathematic subjects are more effective than other cognitive areas.

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