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

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Numbered Diseases of Childhood: Rashes

About the last time I can see that anyone in the field of medicine attempted to make things a bit easier on ourselves was in 1905 when pediatricians tried to describe the six then known diseases which cause rashes by giving them numbers.

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Migraine Headache in Children

Pretty much everyone has had a headache at some time or other. Unfortunately it is principally viewed as an adult disease when, in fact, it frequently occurs in children and adolescents as well.
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Spinal Taps in Children

Let me let you listen in on a typical conversation between a pediatrician and parents of an infant, child or adolescent who is quite ill.

“Mr. and Mrs. Brown, Adam looks very ill, but I can’t be sure about what’s causing it until we run some tests.”
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Stings and Bites in Children

The summer is full of things that bite, have you noticed? Bees, wasps, fire ants, snakes, spiders, flies, mosquitoes, ticks, and scorpions. Some areas have these threats to health and sanity all year long.
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Scabies in Children

I once heard a tape of an old-time radio broadcast where Costello was telling Abbot that “I once had the seven-year-itch.” Abbot asked, “Well, what did you do?” to which Costello replied, “I scratched real fast and got rid of it in four years.”

The seven-year itch was given its nick-name not because it lasts for seven years but because it occurs in epidemics nearly every seventh year.
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Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac in Children

Ok, lets see how astute you are about summer medical problems in children.

You are the doctor and an adolescent comes into your office with swollen eyes and a rash over his face and arms with blisters which itch terribly.
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Power Lawn Mower Injuries in Children

[This article on power mower injuries in children was originally published in the spring]

I’ve had some information from the American Academy of Pediatric meeting in Chicago about a favorite past-time of summer which I have been saving until this spring to pass on.
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