“In the newborn population, there are many [heart] conditions that may need surgery. One of the things to remember is that these types of surgery that are being done in the newborn period are relatively new, at least in the past 10 to 20 years,” says Dr. Starr. “Because of the technology, now we’re able to perform complex surgeries.”
How do you distinguish a common cold from the flu (influenza)? When late fall rolls around, the flu usually rolls in with it. “The first few days with a cough, fever and sore throat are early signs of influenza,” says Dr. Arrieta. “Fever is very common. Probably 90 percent of children who have influenza will have a (high) fever.”
Caffeine, which has been purported to increase energy and also acts as a mild stimulant, can be found in many foods and drinks, including coffee. Chances are, like many teens, your child may be enjoying caffeinated drinks daily. The question is, how much caffeine is too much?
One of the most common sports injuries in children is from chronic repetitive stress. It is usually at the elbow, the wrist, the ankle, the knee or the foot. These injuries can be prevented by activity modification, rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and a good stretching program.
“When you hear snoring coming from your child’s room, a condition called sleep apnea may be the reason. There are two types, central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea, typically, occurs more in infants, but obstructive is the form that’s becoming of greater concern,” says Dr. Ahuja.
Moments after a baby is born a brief exam is conducted. The thorough exam checks the baby’s head, eyes, ears, mouth, heart and hips. Most babies are fine, but some could have difficulty breathing or aren’t transitioning from the in utero environment to the outside world.
Stomachaches can be caused by many things, from gas or constipation to stress, overeating, or a contagious stomach bug. Complaints about stomach pain may have nothing to do with the stomach itself; the pain may be coming from another part of the body. Luckily, the majority of kids with abdominal pain do not require urgent intervention.
CHOC Pediatric Gastroenterologist Dr. Mitchell Katz talks with CHOC Radio host Bryan Mundia about the symptoms of stomach aches and pains in children. Dr. Katz says that all pain is real and parents are the key in understanding why their child might be in pain. Dr. Katz also discusses the red flags that may be indicators of potentially more serious gastrointestinal issues.