pediatric housecalls Robert R. Jarrett M.D. M.B.A. FAAP

Showing posts from: February 2018

The Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain

The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain
Why Aren’t They More Grown-up?

The "teen" brain is different than both the child or the adult brain
The adolescent brain is different than either the child’s or adult’s brain

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore — Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in the adolescent brain to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

Showing us why “adolescence is defined as the period of time that starts with the biological, hormonal physical changes of puberty and ends at the age when the individual attains a stable, independent role in society” is one of the most important revelations in her talk. It can take a long, long time.

Using both examples of structural and functional MRIs, as her talk progresses it becomes more clear why making the right choices is not the best skill of someone going through puberty with an adolescent brain.

New Immunization Schedule: 2018

Like we do every year, and sometimes twice, we post the newly updated Immunization Schedule recommendations from the CDC and the AAP. You can get them direct from the CDC of course, but I post them here because I want to do my part in spreading the word And, you’re already here right? So why waste the effort of looking it up yourself?>

This year the link to the CDC page has BLOATED into a bunch of self-promoting side stuff; so, I’ve had to clip their page in order to display it but not foul up my whole page. However, I do give you all the links to their full pages—should you want to check out the specifics. In fact here’s a good link right HERE and HERE but there are others I’ll give you too.
Read more →

Parents Measuring Medicines Wrong – Many Dosing Errors

Would it surprise you to know that: if YOU were one of the medicine police and one morning selected 100 mothers or fathers to just drop in and double-check the liquid medicine they had measured and were about to give their kid – most of them would be wrong?!

We would have to have been living under a rock in a desert somewhere NOT to have noticed the inordinate lengths pharmacies and drug companies have gone to in the past 10 years to improve accuracy of parents measuring medicines. But, still to this day (2018), parents are (and often) making BIG errors when measuring medicines.
Read more →

Discipline, Parents, Kids and “Natural Consequences”

I got a kick discovering an “atlas” of parenting and discipline types (according to Laura Hamilton at UC-Merced CA) who tallied three categories: Bystander parents with limited kid contact; Paramedics swooping in for major problems; and, Helicopters always hovering all the time.

I say a kick because although entertainingly descriptive (and perhaps embarrassingly accurate to a degree) it just seems to leave a WHOLE LOT out of the equation—and ignore half of it entirely: the kid!
Read more →