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

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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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Leg Cramps in Children

Would all of you who have had “growing pains” please raise your hands.

Just as I thought, most of you have. You should know however, that even though many doctors use that as a “talking with parents” diagnosis, most of us realize there should really be no such thing as (more…)

Children’s Back To School Medical Problems – Part 2

Children face a number of medical issues when they leave the relative ease of summer in favor of the more crowded environment of school each year. Here is part two of a list of common illnesses and issues facing us at “back to school” time.
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Children’s Back To School Medical Problems – Part 1

Ask any medical student, intern or resident: “where is the place where you get sick most often” and you’ll be told “the hospital.”

The problem is that the relationship also holds for “adults” with “work” and “children” with “school.” That’s because (more…)

Head Injury in Children

One afternoon next week you are aroused from the kitchen table, where you are sitting paying your bills, by some banging on your front room door. It is the neighbor boy who has come to tell you that your five-year-old son was just hit in the head with a rock and is crying.
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Treating Fever in Infants, Children and Teens

If other pediatricians are like I am, one of the most common topics they discuss on the phone is fever.

Callers sometimes simply state, “My baby has a fever” or “John has a fever of 103” or “Sally has a fever again; she needs some antibiotics,” – as if fever were the disease.
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