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

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The Simple Power of Hand Washing

Myriam Sidibe is a warrior in the fight against childhood disease. Her weapon of choice? A bar of soap and hand washing. For cost-effective prevention against sickness, it’s hard to beat soapy hand washing, which cuts down risk of pneumonia, diarrhea, cholera and worse. Sidibe, a public-health expert, makes a smart case for public-private partnerships to promote clean hands — and local, sustainable entrepreneurship.

A parent may choose to supplement this video with a children’s book called Wash Your Hands; or, for older children, Germs Are Not For Sharing; or, possibly, even reminder stickers.

Children’s Self Esteem

I met 13 year-old Shawn (not his real name) semi-conscious in the intensive care unit many years ago.

He had been dumped off on the front lawn of his foster home, stuporous, by some kids who sped away in their car.

Traveling With Children – a Secret Weapon

[Believe me, this parenting technique works!   Even now, this many years since the article was first written.   I’ve updated a couple of references to books, but that’s all.   Use this especially when you are trying to solve some concern about a relationship.]


When Children Travel Alone

We have discussed several times in previous articles parenting aspects of how to travel with children and enjoy it.   But what happens when of necessity children travel alone?


Stress In Children

I have had several requests to discuss stress in children and parenting aspects.

While it may have been true in times past that childhood was carefree and fun… (more…)

Sibling Rivalry

After many years I can still picture in my mind a little nine-year-old boy standing by the isolette containing his two-week old baby brother.



OK, if you’ve been a reader of this column in the past, I know you can do it; so put on your white coat, get your stethoscope and let me watch how you “see” this next patient.

Picking up the chart you see that he is a new patient to you, named Ryan.   He is eight years old, and he lives with his mother who has been divorced for four years.

The nurse has taken his height, weight, and temperature (which were all normal) and has written on the chart “Fevers for six months!”

As you enter the room, you find him to be a red-headed youngster sitting curled up (more…)

Instilling Concern and Respect For Others In Children and Teens

[This is really not just a Christmas article!   It’s an article which makes most of us very contemplative.   It is about an exceedingly important part of parenting – which happened to be written at Christmas.]

A lot of articles this time of year (Christmas) begin with the phrase (more…)