Saturday, September 5, 2009
1. Why is it important to vaccinate on time?
2. What vaccines do adolescents need?
3. Why should infants get the Hepatitis B vaccine?
4. Why do kids need the flu shot?
5. Are some children extra-sensitive to vaccines?
6. Why are vaccines required for school entry? ...
* Stimulants are the best-known and most widely used treatments. Between 70-80 percent of children with ADHD respond positively to these medications.
* Nonstimulants were approved for treating ADHD in 2003. This medication seems to have fewer side effects than stimulants and can last up to 24 hours....
Comments: Of course what they forget to mention is that children with ADHD can have vision problems and vision problems can mimic ADHD. Please have your child evaluated by an optometrist. DM
Comments: OK...If I start wearing a respirator...it's for everyone protection. Now where can I get one? DM
Comments: Full text of article is available. Click on title. DM
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Delleman Oorthuys syndrome: 'Oculocerebrocutaneous syndrome' Arora V, Kim UR, Khazei HM - Indian J Ophthalmol
"Delleman Oorthuys syndrome (oculocerebrocutaneous syndrome) is a rare, congenital sporadic disorder affecting the skin and central nervous system. We present the case of a one-month-old male who presented with an orbital cyst in the left eye since birth along with other manifestations of this syndrome. The manifestations of this syndrome resemble other developmental disorders like Goldenhar and Goltz syndrome. Conservative management of the orbital cyst in these cases have been described. The need to diagnose this rare congenital anomaly with cerebral malformations as a separate entity is crucial in the management of these children."
Comments: Vision screenings do not need improvement. They need to be discarded in favor of comprehensive eye and vision examinations for all children. DM
Monday, August 31, 2009
Ten Reasons To Be More Concerned About Your Child’s Headaches
1. Headaches that are continuing to get worse or becoming more frequent
2. Headaches that occur in the same area of the eye or head
3. Headaches that wake children up at night or are present at the beginning of the day
4. Headaches accompanied by double vision, blurred vision, or abnormal eye movements
5. Headaches that cause a child to cease their normal activities
6. Any headache that occurs after a fall, possible bump to the head, or after loss of consciousness or
memory, however brief
7. Any headache that is accompanied by changes in responsiveness, sluggish thinking, slurred
speech, changes in balance, different pupil sizes, severe vomiting, droopy half open eyes, altered or
8. Headaches that only occur when a specific person is around (possible abuse)
9. Headaches occurring in other people present (possible carbon monoxide poisoning)
10. Severe Headaches with very rapid onset, high fever, stiff neck
Comments: Hmmmm! DM
Comments: Remember....many genes need the environment before they can manifest a behavior, sign and/or symptom...DM
Comments: All children should have full complete comprehsive eye exams...not screenings. Screenings miss too much. Aren't your children worth a comprehensive eye exam? DM
...Esotropia is a type of strabismus or eye misalignment. The term is derived from 2 Greek words: ésò, meaning inward, and trépò, meaning turn. In esotropia, the eyes are crossed; that is, while one eye looks straight ahead, the other eye is turned in toward the nose. This inward deviation of the eyes can begin as early as infancy, later in childhood, or even into adulthood.
Acquired esotropia can occur after infancy and is not always responsive to farsighted glasses; because of this, it does not fall into the categories of congenital esotropia or accommodative esotropia, ...Although acquired esotropia can occur in patients aged 1-8 years, it typically develops in patients aged 2-5 years and appears to be infrequently associated with an underlying disease. ...
Comments: This was written by an OMD so they do not suggest vision therapy....but vision therapy should be conducted prior to any surgical intervention. DM
Comments: My parents said...."get to school anyway!!" DM
Comments" Pediatricians doing eye exams! No mention of pediatric optometrists. Very unfortunate. Very sad. It is too bad medicine hasn't discovered other professions that do a great job at meeting the needs of patients. DM