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Posts Tagged ‘ER’

No Need for Stitches

Monday, November 21st, 2011

OUCH!! I was just heading out to grab some lunch when a patient of mine, who happens to have 3 young sons (brings back memories) walked in with her youngest son who had been jumping on the bed and bumped his head! (more…)

Drowning Is Silent!

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Happy holiday weekend! Summer is well under way and with temperatures heating up, many families will create memories and cool down at the beach, lake, or pool. The first thing that comes to my mind (when I think of water) is safety!!   (more…)

Dealing With Dog Bites

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I received an email via our iPhone App from a mom who was very worried after her daughter had been bitten by a friend’s dog.  This is a common concern/query to the pediatrician.  In fact, one of my own children was severely bitten by a friend’s dog, but I had somehow forgotten that experience and the 20 stitches to his face! (more…)

Stimulant Chewing Gum Can Be Dangerous For Kids

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Stimulant chewing gum can be dangerous for children if used excessively warn doctors who wrote a case report about a teenage boy who was hospitalized after chewing a large amount of the caffeine-containing gum.

The case involved a 13-year-old boy from Italy who was taken to the hospital after his family noticed he was agitated and aggressive. The boy also complained of abdominal discomfort, increased and painful urination and prickling sensations in his legs. (more…)

Safety Gear Helping Strike Out Baseball Injuries

Monday, June 1st, 2009

The number of children who required ER treatment for baseball injuries in the U.S. decreased 25 percent from 1994 to 2006, down to an estimated 111,000 injuries from 147,000.

A new study shows that greater use of protective equipment may be one reason for the decline in injuries. The study was published online in the June 2009 issue of the journal Pediatrics and was conducted by researchers at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. (more…)

More Kids Being Hurt by Falling Furniture

Friday, May 8th, 2009

The number of children being injured by furniture falling on them continues to increase. A new study shows between 1990 and 2007 and estimated 264,200 U.S. children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries caused by furniture tipping. That’s approximately 15,000 per year according to the study published in the May 2009 online issue of Clinical Pediatrics. (more…)

Final Episode of 'ER' is True to Life

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

I am like millions of people, writing this and watching the finale of ER. One of the story lines was about a teenager who was admitted with alcohol poisoning. The fifteen-year-old had been participating in a drinking game with vodka and Kool-aid and was brought to the ER in a coma, near death and with a blood alcohol level off the charts! (more…)

Kids at Higher Risk of Dog Bites in Warm Weather

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

As the weather warms up so does the risk for dog-bite injuries to younger children. That’s the result of a new study by researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo published in the journal Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. (more…)

CPR Can Save Young Lives, Too

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

A new study out challenges the widespread belief that cardiac resuscitation is not effective in young people. The study reports that the rescue measure is worth the effort in children and teens who suffer cardiac arrest.

Researchers found that children and adolescents who had a non-traumatic, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest had higher survival rates than adults and infants. However, infants younger than one-year-old had lower survival rates than adults. (more…)

How to Treat Hyperventilation

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I saw a child today who had been injured in a soccer match when he was accidentally kicked in the chest. He had shortness of breath and then became uncomfortable and started to breath rapidly and get upset about “feeling light headed” and anxious. Because he had a history of asthma his Mom brought him straight to the office for fear that he was having an asthma attack. (more…)