pediatric housecalls Robert R. Jarrett M.D. M.B.A. FAAP
Hello, and welcome to Pediatric House Calls. I am… A Physician board certified in Pediatric medicine with Clinical experience including caring for infants, children and teens – well these days mostly children and teens up to twenty-one; An Administrator experienced in top medical management for several national health insurance companies; An Author of health care manuals, newspaper columns and even children's stories; A Business Medical Consultant for drug companies, insurance companies and
physician practices; A Veteran of the US Navy in the Vietnam era;
And… I make House-Calls.
Once, I read more than I wanted to about a common (and then extremely inexpensive) drug because I had a patient with seizures (Dilantin). It seems the company had found a multitude of uses for it and produced it for things like emulsifying agents including paint. There were so many I couldn’t stop reading. Read more →
Astin, the 17-year-old who suffered cardiac arrest when he was hit in the chest by an elbow playing baseball, is back for his 2nd follow-up. Remember, last visit he was depressed with worry over all the junk he had read on the internet and you (well I) assigned him some homework.
For the third article in the series we’ll talk about what we can do to “prevent” Commotio Cordis (CC, his final diagnosis) and help him decide about going back to play baseball in competition. Read more →
Ok, it’s been over a week and your 17-year-old Commotio Cordis patient who suffered a cardiac arrest on the baseball field is back for his follow-up and an answer to his question: “When can I go back to playing baseball?”
You knew he was coming and you’ve had a week to prepare what to tell him… so, go ahead, I’d like to hear this too…
Peanut allergy is, for some unknown reason, rising in numbers every year. Perhaps we were merely naïve when I was a child, but we certainly didn’t have any “special table” in our lunch room as a “peanut free zone.” I never once, in my entire school years, had a teacher or classroom even mention that there even was such a thing as kids who couldn’t be around peanuts let alone prohibit them from entering… not any more! They’re everywhere and every school has them.
Here is a link to an article on another web site which discusses the “lying issue” some children have, particularly those with ADHD. As previous articles have shown, lying is a part of nearly every child’s life-copeing mechanism but a bit more problematic in children with attention deficit. Here is a fairly professionalized web page, by that I mean “monetized,” but not particularly “in-your-face.” I found the information useful if you have any problems with it please let me know.