Lilac City Peds News

Websites may encourage self-injury in teens, young adults

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Feb• 21•11

A study in Pediatrics found that among 100 videos on YouTube showing or depicting self-injury, 80% were open to the general public while 53% were created with a realistic or educational tone and 51% had a melancholic tone. Researchers suggest that the nature and number as well as ease of access of such online videos depict “an alarming new trend” that might encourage self-harm among youths and young adults.

Websites may encourage self-injury in teens, young adults

U.S. Flu Season Picking Up, CDC Reports

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Feb• 18•11

To date, for this flu season, 35 influenza-associated deaths in the U.S. in children aged <18 years old have been reported to CDC, median age 6 yrs, range 29 days to 17 yrs. Of these, 5 were aged <6 months and ineligible for flu shots, vaccination status was unknown for 6 children, and for the remaining 24 for whom seasonal influen…za vaccination status was available, only 4 had been vaccinated.

We still have flu shots! Get your child protected today!

U.S. Flu Season Picking Up, CDC Reports

Kids Learn to Work Together Early, Study Finds

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Feb• 18•11

This is a cool study that looks at when children learn a sense of fairness. Kids are amazing…

“Some adults may want to take a lesson from young children who’ve demonstrated that even at the early age of 3, children have a sense of what’s fair, researchers say.

The study authors found that children shared with each other after working together to earn a reward, even in circumstances where it would have been easy for one child to keep all of the prize without sharing.”

Kids Learn to Work Together Early, Study Finds
3-year-olds have a basic sense of fairness when it comes to sharing, research shows

Study: Average of 26 children hurt by cribs every day

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Feb• 17•11

“A baby’s crib is often one of the few places where parents can place their child and feel OK leaving the baby unattended. It’s the focal point of most nurseries, a must-have item on many baby registries. Yet an average of 26 children suffer a crib-related injury every day, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics.”

Study: Average of 26 children hurt by cribs every day

The Calories Are Listed, but Teenagers Don’t Care

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Feb• 17•11

“Researchers at New York University have found that calorie-posting in fast-food restaurants has little influence on the foods teenagers order.

They found that more than half of the teenagers noticed the calorie postings. A quarter of the teenagers said they were weight-conscious, and 9 percent of the teenagers said the labeling made them buy lower-calorie foods.

But when the researchers examined their receipts, they found that the actual calorie counts were the same before and after restaurants began posting calories. Teenagers typically bought food totaling about 725 calories. ”

The Calories Are Listed, but Teenagers Don’t Care

Energy Drink Ingredients Provide No Health Benefit and Make Children Sick

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Feb• 14•11

Energy drinks have widely varying amounts of caffiene which can be especially too much for children. “Nearly one-third of kids 12 to 14 years old regularly consume these beverages, which contain caffeine, sugar and other additives, said study author Judith Schaechter, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami. Of the 5,448 U.S. caffeine overdoses reported in 2007, 46 percent occurred in those younger than 19, Schaechter and her co-authors said.”

Energy Drink Ingredients Provide No Health Benefit and Make Children Sick

Immunization Resources from the AAP

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Feb• 12•11

I have seen huge changes in my career totally due to vaccines. Diseases I saw children die from 25 years ago are now gone. I feel very passionate that vaccines are the most important medical advance for children ever.

The next time you have questions about vaccines and autism, consider reading the resources offered by the AAP. On the AAP immunization site, parents can find detailed information about individual vaccines, and Q-and-A’s about vaccine ingredients and the recommended vaccine schedule. The site also provides a list of studies from around the world that have ruled out any link between vaccines and autism.

Immunization Resources from the AAP

Healthy mouth = Healthier child

Written By: Walter Hoerman MD - Feb• 12•11

“Did you know that dental disease is five times more common than asthma?

Decay and gum disease in children is America’s most common chronic childhood illness. Fourty four percent of American children will suffer from this disease before they reach kindergarten.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. There are many ways to promote the health of children through caring for their dental health. It’s important to learn how dental disease, an often silent health crisis, is affecting our nation’s children and the children right in our community.”

Healthy mouth = Healthier child
Children’s dental health and Children’s Dental Health Month

No time to weight: Experts offer tips on combating childhood obesity

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

This is one of the most frustrating areas of my day. I watch so many children slowly lose the battle with obesity. It takes the whole family working together for success. if you want help, please make an appointment and we can work together.

“Simple changes can make a big difference when it comes to childhood obesity. And nutrition advocates say the way to combat it is one child at a time.”

No time to weight: Experts offer tips on combating childhood obesity

RSV is here this week along with the flu..

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

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is a cold that comes around every year, but can be a particular problem for young infants. Young infants can often get bronchiolitis, which can cause wheezing and coughing and occasionally severe illness. If your young baby has a significant cough, we should probably see them for an appointment.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Overview from the CDC
Respiratory syncytial virus from KidsHealth