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What are the sounds of the season in my pediatric office? Coughing, sneezing and wheezing. It's upper respiratory season and I'm seeing a lot of viral illnesses.
With the winter season in full throttle, no one wants to be sick, so parents and patients still want me to prescribe antibiotics for a plethora of viral illnesses because it is a busy time of year, we are traveling and cant be sick."
According to a recent article in issue of Pediatrics, pediatricians write more than 10 million antibiotic prescriptions unnecessarily every year. Antibiotics wont help a viral upper respiratory infection and in many instances might be causing more harm than good. That is sometimes a hard concept to explain to parents.
Everyone wants to be well sooner than later. Parents dont want to be sick and never want their children to be sick or feeling cruddy, yucky, pathetic or pitiful. We are the parents so we can "fix it right?
Unfortunately, a virus is bigger than any concerned parent, and even an antibiotic wont fix it. In many cases the only cure is tincture of time and that is often bitter medicine to swallow.
An antibiotic that is prescribed for a cough or cold is typically broad spectrum and will kill good bacteria that are beneficial to our bodies. An antibiotic is not very specific and by hitting everything in your body it may upset the normal bacteria and lead to symptoms such as diarrhea or abdominal cramping.
In many cases of a viral illness it may be more appropriate to avoid an unnecessary antibiotic and to wait and see how the illness progresses. If a child has worsening of symptoms or a change in symptoms it is better to re-examine the child than to just prescribe an antibiotic.
Unfortunately, fall/winter URIs do not go away quickly. In most cases, it takes 7-14 days to get over the congestion, cough, and sore th
It s croup season and you may already have experienced the nighttime barky cough that signals croup.
Anybody who is over the age of 3 knows that smoking is bad for you. Its not only a smelly and offensive habit (ever have to inhale what others exhale in your face?), but is the cause of many serious health problems. You would think that over a couple of decades everyone would get the message, but according to a new report issued by the U.S. Surgeon Generals office, too many teens still seem to think that smoking is no big deal.
The U.S. Surgeon General has released the first report on youth smoking since 1994 and it shows that although smoking is down from previous decades, almost one in five high school students smoke. Because few high school smokers are able to quit, some 80 percent will continue to smoke as adults, according to the report released on Thursday.
Whether they cant quit, or just dont want to quit, is probably debatable. Adults have the same problem. Its hard- but doable.
Nicotine is very addictive, and thats one of the reports main concerns.
"Today, more than 600,000 middle school students and 3 million high school students smoke. We don't want our children to start something now that they won't be able to change later in life," Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin said in the report, which details the scope, health consequences and influences that lead to youth tobacco use.
An estimated 3,800 kids pick up their first cigarette every day and 9 in 10 current smokers started before the age of 18. Some 99 percent of all first-time tobacco use happens by the age of 26, exposing young people to the long-term health effects of smoking, such as lung cancer and heart disease.
The report also noted that smoking kills more than 1,200 people every day and every tobacco related death is replaced by two new smokers under the age of 25.
Education, intervention and early treatment are recommended as ways to help prevent or decrease the adolescent smoking habit. "This report highlights the urgent need