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Category Archives: Pediatrics/Kids Health

Straight, No Chaser: Quick Tips for The Newborn Addition to Your Family

You’re excited. You have a newborn, or maybe you’re a new grandparent caring for the baby for the first time. I get more ‘deer in the headlight’ looks from these folks than
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 22, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Your Guide to Fighting Childhood Obesity (Works for Adults, Too!)

Would you start your child on a fad diet? Of course not. Combating obesity means consistently applying principles that bear fruit (and include fruits over time). So you have an ove
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 4, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Childhood Obesity

Here’s the thing. Adults have control over and choices about how to live their lives. In the overwhelming majority of cases, children do not. Yet, in the overwhelming majorit
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD September 3, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Rashes on Your Palms and Soles; It's Not Always Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

In the world of rashes, there aren’t an abundance of rashes that appear on the palms and soles.  However, there are a few of note, so here’s some Quick Tips to point y
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD August 5, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Kids Summer Fun Gone Wrong – Trampoline & Hover Board Trauma

With this long holiday weekend upon us, let me share a story…. It starts with me back in the emergency room with a little girl who looks like her forearm is going to fall off
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD July 2, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: The Effects of PTSD on Children

This is part of a series on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For a review of PTSD signs, symptoms and those at risk, click here. For a review of PTSD diagnosis and treatment
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD June 1, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Healthy and Safe Swimming

Did you know this is National Healthy Safe and Swimming Week? Whether you’re an avid swimmer or only deal with it on a vacation, it’s important to be reminded how to be safe wh
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD May 28, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Recognizing Sexual Abuse in Children

Child. Sexual. Abuse. Those words shouldn’t go together, even on a computer screen. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 695,000 children in the U.S
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 25, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Learning the Risks and Signs of Abusive Head Trauma

This part of the conversation is not about spanking. It’s not even about abuse. It’s about learning who is most likely to cause harm to your child, intended or not, and what pl
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 15, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: Abusive Head Trauma aka Shaken Baby Syndrome

The discussion regarding the line between parental discipline and child abuse has proven to be a passionate one. Without wading into opinions, let me elaborate and give a concrete
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 14, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: The Emotional Signs of Child Abuse

In a previous Straight, No Chaser, we provided a pictorial demonstration of the physical signs of child abuse. Unfortunately for many, the emotional signs are even more dangerou
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 13, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: The Physical Signs of Child Abuse

Given how often this topic is in the news, we must continue to drill certain points home. This Straight, No Chaser provides visual examples of the consequences of child abuse. A
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 12, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: The Spectrum and Specter of Autism

Autism. Small word. Big effects on families. Previously, we discussed the scope and recent explosion of autism diagnoses. Here we delve into the disorders. Autism spectrum disorde
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 11, 2016

Straight, No Chaser: The Rapid Explosion of Autism Diagnoses – A Good or Bad Thing?

Sometimes it’s really good to be a physician, especially when it comes to care of children. Just yesterday I saved myself a few thousands of dollars in costs by being able to add
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD April 10, 2016

Straight, No Chaser In The News: ER Visits Exploding Among Kids From Accidental Overdoses

In the News is additional information regarding Patient Safety Awareness Week. Earlier today, we discussed your medicine cabinet. The theme there and here is leaving medicines easi
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 18, 2016

Understanding the Horror of Night Terrors

Introduction This Straight, No Chaser post on night terrors is part of a series on sleep and sleep disorders. I wonder how many of you have been exposed to night terrors.  These a
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 12, 2016

Straight, No Chaser In The News: Success Eliminating Cervical Cancer with the HPV Vaccine

In the news is information about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, used to prevent sexually transmitted infections causing genital warts, and more importantly, causing cervic
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD March 3, 2016

Straight, No Chaser In The News: A Nearly 3% Increase in the Number of Child Abuse Cases

Child Abuse prevention month is in April, and Straight, No Chaser will perform a thorough review of the topic. However, it’s never too early to be aware of important trends. In t
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD January 27, 2016

Straight, No Chaser In the News: Lead Poisoning

In the news is the story of dozens of cases of lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, resulting from elevated levels of lead in the city’s drinking water supply. This followed&n
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD December 22, 2015

Tips to Avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID)

Whether you’re expecting, a parent or even a grandparent, most have heard of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). What you’re really concerned about is Sudden Unexpected Infant
By Jeffrey Sterling, MD October 22, 2015
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