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

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Boys and Body Image

It’s not just for girls any more: worrying about body image and looks. The steady bombardment of advertising and other media images is taking its toll on boys as well – there is a tremendous pressure to look “lean and chisled.”

Children’s Sports

Some baseball seasons past I followed the little league “career” of a neighborhood youngster by attending almost all of his games.

As I became familiar with his style of play, his teammates, and coaches I became fond of him and I found myself happy when his team won, saddened when they lost, but overall anxious to see that he gained from every game.
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Children’s Athletic Warmups

Ask even the most novice little league sports participant and he will tell you that you are supposed to “warm up” before a game or practice.

When asked why that is necessary, studies have shown that even many college-age athletes are Read more→

You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

I should like to tell you today about a better use for the slogan “you’ve come a long way baby” than was previously expressed in an advertising campaign.

Many don’t realize that it has only been 30 – 50 years ago that very literally every family had one or two children die in infancy; and nearly everyone knew of (more…)

The Pediatric Physical Examination

What would you say is the most common thing that a doctor does? You guessed it – a physical examination. And yet this one procedure has less standardization between doctors than almost anything else in medicine.

How To Kill A Child Athlete

They’ve turned the school bells back on and children are coming in for football sports physicals.

Football has been called the most deadly of all childhood sports.  It really shouldn’t be much of a suprise when you consider what really goes on on the field.

Children’s Jogging

Increasing numbers of children are participating in organized distance running – jogging. Some ambitious parents have sought to enter their children in adult type marathon races and there is even an occasional child who can “succeed” in this type of activity.
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Emergency Medical System (EMS) – Prevention

Just ask anybody. With all the gadgets and technology we have now, most children are saved in emergencies, right? All the television shows prove it, right? Now days, just call 911 and paramedics save most children… right?

WRONG! It is true that, for adults, the EMS system has dramatically improved survival; but, for children the survival rates in out-of-hospital cardio-pulmonaryarrest are abysmal. (more…)

Infant Circumcision

When I speak at a prenatal childbirth class, I usually talk about "little things."

The things which sometimes seem insignificant, but which in reality really do make a great deal of difference.

Things like: fluoride drops, car seats, feeding the right foods, etc.


Dental ID of Children

The first time a physician is faced with an unconscious patient of unknown cause, he becomes “sold” on the idea of Med Alert bracelets.

For years, most of us have encouraged diabetic patients to wear these type of bracelets or carry an I.D. card in their wallet.

Do You Take Your Body For Granted

In younger years, I was in a play in which a very interesting song was sung.

“Did you ever think in the middle of a wink what your eyes are doing for you? Your nose when it blows, your hair when it grows, consider what a job they do” went the lyrics.

There are many things (in fact most things) about the human body that we do, in fact, take for granted.