October 2015

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“Nathan was born November 29th, 2013. He has a twin, Noah. Nathan was 4lbs 7oz and about 17 inches long. The doctors took him right away as they could tell Nathan was having problems. Nathan had suffered seizures and severe respiratory problems after birth and was unable to eat from a bottle. About a week or two after, the doctors at Magee thought it was best for Nathan to be transferred to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. It was there that we learned that Nathan had been diagnosed with Cri-du-chat syndrome.  It is a rare genetic disorder caused by missing a section of Chromosome 5. Still,Read More →

As posted by thepediablog.com One fact of life about being a pediatrician is that we’re exposed to a diverse array of viral and bacterial pathogens every day (and, often several on the same day!). Pediatricians employ several different strategies to avoid exposure to infectious microbes in a clinic full of sick and well children, with frequent hand-washing being the most effective. Other tactics include eschewing shaking hands with patients and parents (we fist-bump instead), eating only in the office break room, and not wearing neckties (traditional ties — easy targets for grabby infants — are microbe-magnets, whereas bowties are probably the wiser, and safer, fashion choice). Nevertheless,Read More →