Lilac City Peds News

Expert: Children should eat healthier earlier

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 16•11

Children should be given a wide variety of healthy foods right from the start, including lots of fruits and vegetables. This is about a particular diet, but the whole vegetables and fruit recomendations are universal…

“Children need to be given the taste of these more healthful foods for their palate before they are exposed to hamburger, french fries and pizza, the staple of many their diets, he said.

“We need to get our kids exposed to a whole different set of food groups,” said Esselstyn, who also suggests staying away from chicken nuggets and milk. “These foods are so heavily subsidized. It may be the cheapest way to get food in front of the kids, but in the long haul, it’s not healthy.”

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Expert: Children should eat healthier earlier

US warns of fake antibiotics aimed at Hispanics

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 16•11

This is more of a problem down south, but could become a more local problem.

“Fake drugs with names that resemble kids’ antibiotics are being sold in Texas pharmacies, mainly to Spanish speakers, and have caused several hospitalizations, according to US officials.

The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers urging them not to use the “illegal products,” after the Texas state health department said they had been linked to several hospitalizations.

“The FDA is warning consumers not to use products marketed as dietary supplements that also claim to be antimicrobial (antibiotic, antifungal or antiviral) drugs,” the federal regulatory agency said.

“These illegal products are falsely promoted with claims to treat illnesses such as upper respiratory infections, sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis and the common cold,” it added.

“These products may or may not contain antimicrobials, and their use could delay treatment for serious illnesses.”

US warns of fake antibiotics aimed at Hispanics

Too Few Teens Know the Dangers of Tanning Beds: Poll

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 11•11

Tanning beds are not safer than being outdoors!!!! You should discourage your teens from indoor tanning!

“Younger tanning bed users (aged 14 to 17) were twice as likely as older users (aged 18 to 22) to incorrectly believe that tanning beds are safer than the sun (39 percent versus 15 percent), and more than three times as likely to incorrectly believe that tanning beds do not cause skin cancer (26 percent versus 8 percent), according to the results.

“Indoor tanning poses a significant health risk, especially for [white people] because of their fair skin. Studies have found that UV [ultraviolet] radiation from indoor tanning beds increases a person’s risk of developing melanoma by 75 percent,” Dr. Ronald L. Moy, president of the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA), said in an academy news release.”

Too Few Teens Know the Dangers of Tanning Beds: Poll

Child’s head injury doesn’t always need CT scan

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 11•11

The use of CT scan in minor head injuries is a difficult subject. Another reason why calling us first when your child has a minor head injury is the way to go.

“Nigrovic said many children show up in ERs with minor head trauma, but very few have significant traumatic brain injuries, identified as a condition resulting in death, brain surgery, use of oxygen tubes for more than 24 hours, or hospital admission for more than two days. She said monitoring symptoms is an effective strategy to reduce CT scans for children considered in the low- to intermediate-risk category.

“We use CT scans for high-risk cases because we don’t want to miss a brain injury,” said Nigrovic. “But if a 3-year-old girl with a headache or vomiting can stay in the ER and be monitored, and if after four hours the symptoms are gone, that’s great. She can go home.”

Child’s head injury doesn’t always need CT scan

FDA warns about teething medication

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 10•11

This is a very rarely side effect of teething medicines, but the FDA has issued this new warning. Although usually safe, use caution with these medications.

” The FDA has issued a warning to consumers about the use of benzocaine, the main ingredient in over-the-counter liquids and gels used to reduce teething pain in very young children.

Benzocaine is associated with a rare but serious condition called methemoglobinemia, which greatly reduces the amount of oxygen carried through the bloodstream. In the most severe cases, the condition can be life-threatening.”

FDA warns about teething medication

Study shows bagged school lunches lacking in nutrition

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 10•11

We can’t just look at lunches provided by schools, but bag lunches as well. We need to educate parents as to healthy options.

“New federal regulations proposed in the wake of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act could make school lunches lower in sodium, free of most trans fats and higher in whole grains and fruits and vegetables.

But as officials focus on improving the much-maligned nutritional profile of cafeteria food, the lunches toted to school each day in brown bags and lunch boxes have been flying mostly under the radar.

Kate Dorr, a registered dietitian and school lunch manager with the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, recently found that many bagged lunches sent to school with local students did not meet the same nutritional guidelines as lunches prepared in the school cafeterias.”

Study shows bagged school lunches lacking in nutrition

Study links baby-bottle use to obesity

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 09•11

Just another piece of the obesity puzzle. Another reason to lose the bottle at 12 months.

“Pediatricians and dentists encourage parents to stop giving their babies bottles by age 1 to prevent their children’s teeth from decaying.

A new study shows another good reason to follow that advice: Kids who are drinking from a bottle when they are 2 years old are more likely to be obese by age 5 than those who aren’t.”

Study links baby-bottle use to obesity

Little people, big palates: How not to raise picky eaters

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 09•11

I always tell people not to cater to their toddlers. Feed them a wide variety of foods, and ignore their whims.

“Nutritionists say toddlers are naturally open to a wider range of flavors. “We don’t challenge toddlers enough by experimenting with food,’’ says Jamie S. Stang of the University of Minnesota, a specialist on child and maternal nutrition. “As long as the textures are appropriate for kids and there’s no known food allergies, there is nothing wrong with introducing different foods.“

Little people, big palates: How not to raise picky eaters

Drugmakers eliminate infant drops of key medicine

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 08•11

This will make our answering your dosage questions simpler, knowing that there will only be one strength. The only drawback will be having to get more liquid into your infant, but that shouldn’t be too difficult.

“Johnson & Johnson and other makers of cold and fever medications said Wednesday that they will discontinue infant drops of medicines containing acetaminophen in an effort to avoid confusion that can lead to dangerous overdoses.

The industry association for over-the-counter medicine companies said its members will begin phasing out the liquid drops later this year.”

Drugmakers eliminate infant drops of key medicine

We are back!!!!

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - May• 08•11

After a month of computer troubles, mainly revolving around updating Firefox and WordPress and my laptop simulateously, making a fatal combination of incompatabolities, I finaly have my blog-abilities back! Sorry about the lack of information, and it hopefully won’t happen again (although I am much more adept as a doctor than a computer expert!)