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

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Treating Ear Infections – Hold the Onions

Don’cha just love Vintage Medical Advice? Page 477 of a 1919 textbook of medicine recommends treating an earache with a baked onion – externally thankfully. Today, we treat ear infections a tad bit differently.
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Child Diseases Parents Should Know – Part 10

When we began this journey through a pediatric resident’s “second brain” of commonly common child diseases, I had no intention on making it such an effort with this many parts; but, then again, I never do.

I’m realizing now that it’s a “no win” effort; because, after all, “how common is common?” The diseases could just keep on coming – but they won’t because I’m ending this effort today.

One caveat I forgot to mention before: (more…)

Child Diseases Parents Should Know – Part 9

As much fun as this has been romping through the memories generated by reviewing the “second brain” notebook I used all through medical school and residency, I think that we might be nearing the end of this series: Child Diseases Parents Should All Know About.
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Child Diseases Parents Should Know – Part 8

Child Diseases which are “commonly common” is our continued quest in this Part 8 of the series listing diseases all parents should know about.

I do need to confess that as I go through the pages of my “Second Brain,” which I’ve been telling you about using during my residency training, I’m beginning to get a hint that this endeavor might go on forever.
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Child Diseases Parents Should Know – Part 7

Looking back, it’s a fairly daunting list of child diseases we’ve been talking about in this series; but, a small ray of light shines when you realize that these days nearly all of the deadly ones have a vaccination to prevent them – if we choose to use it.
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Child Diseases Parents Should Know – Part 6

This list of “commonly common” diseases is getting longer than I anticipated. We’re now in Part 6 of the series: Child Diseases Parents Should All Know About and we have already covered quite a bit.

The last post was a bit scary and I’m afraid this one isn’t much better – (more…)

Back To School Health Issues for Physicians and Parents

Kids aren’t the only ones going back to school! Parents need to endure the yearly cycle too. It seems that every year there’s more and more to think about, fill out, arrange, make appointments for, explain, buy….

Gone are the days of merely buying one size larger (more…)

Child Diseases Parents Should Know – Part 5

As they say at the theater: “Today’s featured diseases really need no introduction. Bothering us for millennia but only recently introduced to the vaccine circuit… a frequent winter-spring visitor playing to packed crowds of especially 10-year-olds… contracted by children everywhere… the bane to young and old alike… the old… the unforgettable — Heeeeerrrrrr’s… Chickenpox!”
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Summer Childhood Illnesses and Injuries – Part 2

The injuries and illnesses parents must worry about their children getting into changes direction once the crocus blooms and the snow melts revealing a whole new set of things to worry about.

The Emergency Room’s start filling up with children suffering (more…)

Child Diseases Parents Should All Know About – Part 4

We’re now well into the series about Child Diseases Parents Should Know, part four in fact.

What we’re really doing is taking a nostalgic look at the old “second brain” binder which I (along with every other pediatric resident in the world) kept during my four years of medical school and years of pediatric training.

We carried them incessantly, used them constantly and experienced separation anxiety whenever we were parted.
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