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POSTED: Friday, June 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Gary A. Emmett

The American Academy of Pediatrics released its first major revision on the office diagnosis and treatment of sinusitis this week. Sinusitis or inflammation of the sinuses is an infection of the hollow spaces in the bones of the face and head that help us clear our nose and balance.  

Previous guidelines from 2001 recommended antibiotic therapy for all children diagnosed with acute bacterial sinusitis, the new guideline allows doctors to observe children with persistent illness lasting more than 10 days for an additional three days. Children with severe onset or a worsening course of symptoms should receive antibiotics. 

Telling the difference between a common upper respiratory infection (cold) and a sinusitis is not easy. Antibiotics do not make common colds better and they can have serious side effects. Bacterial sinus infections may need antibiotics to stop them from getting worse or causing other serious infections of the head and neck. 

POSTED: Thursday, June 27, 2013, 3:21 PM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls
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Fred & Friends is recalling almost 57,000 "Buff Baby” baby rattles in the United States and Canada because the rattle’s end cap can separate, releasing small parts. This can pose a choking hazard to small children. The gray plastic rattle is shaped like a dumbbell and has plastic pellets inside.

The company has received two reports of rattle caps separating. No injuries have been reported.

For more information, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

POSTED: Thursday, June 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Health Hazards

For some kids, it might seem like a funny prank to make and detonate a homemade chemical bomb. Also known as MacGyver bombs, these bottle bombs are easily made by combining commonly available chemicals including toilet bowl, drain, or driveway cleaners in a container. Then the container, such as a soda bottle, is sealed and shaken to cause a chemical reaction that leads to an explosion.

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that these bombs are hazardous and especially dangerous if detonated in public areas. In an analysis, the CDC found 134 events from 15 states involving homemade chemical bombs were reported from 2003 to 2011. Among those incidences, 21 resulted in breathing problems, and injuries like burns or skin irritation for 53 people. Two thirds of the injuries were kids, according to the report from the June 21 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The agency wants to raise awareness about these bombs among first-responders, parents, school staff members and others who work with kids to help reduce injuries associated with these bombs. Most bomb explosions were reported in schools, mail boxes, and residential backyards.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 6:00 AM

Hives – red, splotchy, itchy, raised patches or welts that seem to “bloom” suddenly on the skin – are quite common in both children and adults. About 10 to 25 percent of people will get them at least once during their lives. The welts typically move from place to place on the body. Hives usually itch, but they also can burn or sting. 

Hives, also known as urticaria, can happen at any time in life and can be triggered by an allergic reaction to foods, medications, pets, or insect bites. Other causes include viral infections, illnesses, and hormonal changes. Stress is also thought to be a factor, although stress is very hard to measure, so there are no definitive studies on the effect of stress on hives.

No matter what the cause, a case of hives can last for a few minutes, a few hours, or even days. Hives can manifest as acute flare-ups or occur on a chronic basis. Chronic daily hives, defined as lasting longer than six weeks, are much more common in adults, although they do occur in children. Unless children experience prolonged hives, we usually don’t test for an underlying cause. It’s simply more expedient to treat them, since the testing is usually not very helpful.

POSTED: Monday, June 24, 2013, 9:43 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Psychology

Minority children were less likely than their white counterparts to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, found a study in the July 2013 issue of Pediatrics published online today.

From a nationally representative group of 15,100 children who entered kindergarten in the fall of 1998, the odds were 46 percent lower for children of other ethnicities, 50 percent lower for Hispanic children, and 69 percent lower for black children. Of this group, 780 children were diagnosed with ADHD by eighth grade.

Factors increasing children’s risk of an ADHD diagnosis included being a boy, children who had mothers age 38 or older at the child’s birth, being raised in an English-speaking household, and engaging in behaviors such as fighting, arguing with a teacher, and acting impulsively.

POSTED: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 9:45 AM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Buy Buy Baby and Chelsea & Scott recall almost 36,000 idea baby bath seats because the bath seats fail to meet federal safety standards, including the requirements for stability. The bath seats can tip over, posing a risk of drowning to babies.

The Buy Buy Baby idea bath seat was sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, and the Chelsea & Scott idea bath seat was sold by One Step Ahead. The recalled bath seat is designed for children five months to ten months old. No injuries have been reported.

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POSTED: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 5:25 AM
Filed Under: Anita Kulick | Tips

Today's guest blogger is Anita Kulick, President & CEO of Educating Communities for Parenting in Philadelphia. ECP offers a variety of programs and services for teen and adult parents, adjudicated delinquent youth, young adults aging out of the foster care system, preschoolers, and children at grave risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of violence.

With the start of summer, the last thing most children and parents want to think about is school. Let's face it, the majority of us are looking forward to some down time from the daily routine, homework, special projects, studying, and especially the battles over completing assignments on time.

But just because school is closed for the summer, doesn’t mean learning should take a vacation for two months.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 2:45 PM
Filed Under: Anna Nguyen | Product Recalls

Kolcraft is recalling about about 97,000 Jeep Liberty Strollers in the United States and Canada because the inner tube of the tire on the stroller can rupture causing the wheel rim to fracture and fly off as a projectile, posing a risk of bodily injury and property damage. 

The recall includes Jeep Liberty branded strollers with model numbers starting with JL031, JL032, JL034, JL035 or JL036 manufactured between June 2010 and September 2011.

Kolcraft and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have received 39 reports of inner tube ruptures causing the wheel rim to fracture and fly off as a projectile. Of these, 18 included reports of injury, with 14 occurring while filling the tire with air by adult caregivers. Two children received lacerations to their chin or leg while standing near the stroller and 16 adults received abrasions, contusions and/or lacerations to their arms, legs, stomach or head/face. Two of the reports included property damage.

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Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Mario Cruz, M.D St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Crozer-Keystone Health System
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, RD Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Flaura Koplin Winston, MD, PhD Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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