Pediatrician on Call | Health Eagle - Part 4

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Diabetes and Children

by Tom Seman MD FAAP November 8th, 2012 | Pediatrician on Call
My 4 year old son has been toilet  trained for he last 12 months and has been dry at night for at least the last 6 months. Over the past 2 weeks, he has been  wetting the bed and having accidents. Should I be concerned?

Fitting question for November since it is National Diabetes month. Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (Type1 DM) or Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus was once known as Juvenile Diabetes since it most frequently occurred in children. It received its name, mellitus, from the Greek word for honey.

Type 1 DM occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone that
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Temper Tantrums

by Tom Seman MD FAAP October 11th, 2012 | Pediatrician on Call
My two year-old daughter is starting to throw terrible tantrums. If I don't give in to what she wants, she cries so much that she vomits. I am at my wit's end. What can I do?

This can be a difficult situation, especially when out of the house; therefore, it needs to be tempered as quickly as possible.

Most children who vomit easily with lots of crying and screaming typically had issues with gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD) as infants. This condition typically heals itself over the first year of life, but approximately 5% continue on until older. Those adults are the target
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by Tom Seman MD FAAP August 16th, 2012 | Pediatrician on Call
My 5 year-old still has trouble talking.  She can speak many words one day, but some days those same words don't come easily for her.  My friend said she might have Apraxia.  How do I find out?

There are several possible reasons for the issues that your five year old is having. Hearing loss, poor tone of the mouth, tongue and face as well as a variety of developmental delays such as autism can account for such difficulties.

Furthermore, there are several sounds and sound combinations that are not fully mastered by a child until approximately 6 years old. Most of these can be diagnosed
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HPV Vaccination and Boys

by Tom Seman MD FAAP July 17th, 2012 | Pediatrician on Call
Can you tell me a bit more about the HPV vaccine? I understand that it would be necessary for girls, but should my 16 year-old son get the shot as well?

Well, this is a very common question that has come up since the recommendation was made a few years ago. Let's go back a minute and understand what we are talking about. Approximately 20 million people in the United States have genital warts, and approximately 6 million are newly infected each year. In one's lifetime there is a50% chance that a man or women will have been infected.

These are viruses
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Warts and Children

by Tom Seman MD FAAP June 21st, 2012 | Pediatrician on Call
My four year-old has warts on his fingers.  First he had one; now there are three.  Should I be concerned?

Warts are an infection of the skin by the wart virus also known as the Human Papilloma Virus. It occurs when the virus comes in contact with a break in the skin. This infection can occur when some of the wart infected skin gets into a break in some other skin. They are spread when some of the skin from the wart is scratched off and adjacent healthy skin is also scratched. This allows the wart virus to infect the adjacent
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