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

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Children’s Bacterial Skin Infections

It’s incredible how popular the posts that I do with a “guess the answer” format have been. I usually try to make them about topics which train young parents in diagnostic or treatment skills that will help them keep their children healthy and safe.
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Mosquito Illnesses – Zika, Dengue and Others

For the first time in a long time that I can remember, the dislike of mosquitos has taken on an entirely new life this summer. Most certainly due to all the medical news about the mosquito illnesses and Zika; but, there are other diseases mosquitos harbor too that we can’t just rely on “citrus smells” and “bug zappers” to defeat.
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Scabies “Seven Year Itch” – a Comeback in Children

I’m sure somebody like Steven King could make a good movie about this eight-legged bug, too small to be seen by the naked eye, but which lives by eating a persons top layer of skin and burrows through it to lay eggs that hatch in 4 days to an entirely new crop of bugs needing to feed.
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Child Diseases Parents Should Know – Part 10

When we began this journey through a pediatric resident’s “second brain” of commonly common child diseases, I had no intention on making it such an effort with this many parts; but, then again, I never do.

I’m realizing now that it’s a “no win” effort; because, after all, “how common is common?” The diseases could just keep on coming – but they won’t because I’m ending this effort today.

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Child Diseases Parents Should Know – Part 9

As much fun as this has been romping through the memories generated by reviewing the “second brain” notebook I used all through medical school and residency, I think that we might be nearing the end of this series: Child Diseases Parents Should All Know About.
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Child Diseases Parents Should Know – Part 8

Child Diseases which are “commonly common” is our continued quest in this Part 8 of the series listing diseases all parents should know about.

I do need to confess that as I go through the pages of my “Second Brain,” which I’ve been telling you about using during my residency training, I’m beginning to get a hint that this endeavor might go on forever.
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Child Diseases Parents Should Know – Part 7

Looking back, it’s a fairly daunting list of child diseases we’ve been talking about in this series; but, a small ray of light shines when you realize that these days nearly all of the deadly ones have a vaccination to prevent them – if we choose to use it.
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Child Diseases Parents Should Know – Part 6

This list of “commonly common” diseases is getting longer than I anticipated. We’re now in Part 6 of the series: Child Diseases Parents Should All Know About and we have already covered quite a bit.

The last post was a bit scary and I’m afraid this one isn’t much better – (more…)

Child Diseases Parents Should Know – Part 5

As they say at the theater: “Today’s featured diseases really need no introduction. Bothering us for millennia but only recently introduced to the vaccine circuit… a frequent winter-spring visitor playing to packed crowds of especially 10-year-olds… contracted by children everywhere… the bane to young and old alike… the old… the unforgettable — Heeeeerrrrrr’s… Chickenpox!”
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Child Diseases Parents Should All Know About – Part 4

We’re now well into the series about Child Diseases Parents Should Know, part four in fact.

What we’re really doing is taking a nostalgic look at the old “second brain” binder which I (along with every other pediatric resident in the world) kept during my four years of medical school and years of pediatric training.

We carried them incessantly, used them constantly and experienced separation anxiety whenever we were parted.
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Child Diseases Parents Should All Know About – Part 3

Once the two “pre-clinical” years of medical school were completed, all us “padawans” donned our new white clinical coats and headed for the various hospitals in town where we would begin two years of “clerkship rotations” in varied medical specialties to learn about adult and child diseases.
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Child Diseases Parents Should All Know About – Part 2

This is part 2 in the series about Child Diseases parents should all know about which came from an idea suggested by viewing another site that had a good idea but which plastered so many scam advertisements on the pages that I wouldn’t dream of recommending it.

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