By Michelle L Wahlquist, M.S., CCC-SLP, The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders If you’ve ever watched a speech therapy session, you probably noticed a lot of play taking place. Well, there is a reason for that. Play is the foundation to learning how to communicate and interact with others. From the moment an infant
Telemedicine, also sometimes called telehealth, is the delivery of health care services using telecommunications or electronic technology. Telemedicine can involve video and audio equipment to assess a patient remotely, patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, the use of smartphones and tablets and remote medical education efforts.
Thanks to CHOC Children’s telemedicine efforts, physicians can remotely care for children from miles away, or even while a patient is riding in an ambulance. In this video, Dr. Jason Knight, a critical care specialist and medical director of CHOC’s Emergency Transport Services, discusses how CHOC physicians and the transport team use telemedicine to improve care
A scar evolves over the course of a year, providing a window of time in which to minimize its appearance, says Dr. Jason Toranto, a CHOC Children’s plastic surgeon and craniofacial specialist.
By Gina O’Toole, RD, MPH, CLEC, CHOC Children’s Clinical Nutrition and Lactation Services Eggs take the spotlight this month as Easter approaches, but the question remains: Should we consume them at all? The answer is a resounding yes! Though previously shunned, eggs now have the green light for eating. Though the cholesterol content of eggs
Tonsils are removed much less frequently than in the past, but removal may be necessary under specific circumstances. “There are two predominant reasons for removing tonsils and/or adenoids in children,” says Dr. Ahuja, CHOC Children’s Specialists Division Chief of Otolaryngology. “The primary reason is obstruction, or difficulty breathing, sleep-disordered breathing or sleep apnea. The second reason is recurring infection. Tonsils may need to be removed if a child has seven tonsillar infections in one year, or five infections each year for two years, or three infections each year for three or more years, with the infections being accompanied by one or more of the following features: a fever of 1010F or above, a strep throat infection confirmed on a swab from the throat, white coating on the tonsils, large lymph nodes in the or mouth sores.” Surgical removal of the tonsils is called a tonsillectomy. Surgery should be considered only when necessary, but in appropriate situations, it can make a substantial difference in the quality of life.
Snap Chat. Whats App. Voxer. With new online messaging and communications applications seemingly popping up daily, parents more than ever need to be mindful of their children’s technology and social media use, health care providers caution. “Technology is great, but it has consequences, especially on our younger population,” says Dr. Christopher Min, a CHOC Children’s
More than 530,000 tonsillectomies are performed each year in children ages 15 and younger, but the common procedure does require some recovery time. Children will typically have a sore throat for a week to 10 days following surgery, and they usually feel well enough to resume their normal activities after two weeks, says Dr. Gurpreet