“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.”
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.