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Chronic Illnesses + Conditions

These posts focus on mild to severe chronic health conditions that affect children (and their parents).

Zika and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

By January 19, 2016 2 Comments

The Zika virus has been in the news a lot lately because it’s been linked to a cluster of cases of microcephaly in Brazil and Columbia. Microcephaly is a rare birth defect where the fetus’ brain does not develop fully in utero, and as a result, the baby is born with an abnormally small head […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Newborns + Infants

What’s Up With Kids and Allergies?

By November 9, 2015 1 Comment

This post was written in response to a question from reader Salima, who received confusing information from her doctor and pharmacist about kids and allergies.   As a pediatric allergist, I see children of all ages presenting with a range of different symptoms, especially runny noses, cough, and rashes. As a parent, I see […]

Categories: Ages + Stages, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, School-Aged Children, Toddlers + Preschoolers, Tweens + Teens

Give Blood, Give Attention: World Sickle Cell Day 2015

By June 19, 2015 1 Comment

Sickle Cell Disease the most common genetic blood disorder worldwide, but receives comparatively meager research funding. Each year, approximately 500,000 babies worldwide are born with it, with children of African, Latino, Mediterranean and South Asian descent most impacted. Sickle cell disease is in a group of the most common form of genetic blood disorders. The “sickle” refers to […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Science 101 + Mythbusting

I Had The Measles 48 Years Ago and I Still Suffer Its Effects

By June 15, 2015 4 Comments

I have just finished reading a plea that went viral on Facebook from a Winnipeg, Manitoba father, Neal Cohen, whose five-month-old baby girl was just diagnosed with the measles. My heart and my thoughts go out to Neal, his wife, and their little girl. The rage this father expressed in his open letter is completely understandable. In […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Infectious Disease + Vaccines, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health

Your Genes May Give Your Child a Terminal Disease, But Your Parenting Can Give Them A Full Life

By May 19, 2015 No Comments

“It’s not your fault.” This is the one thing I wish I had told my mom so many times in my life before I lost her to breast cancer seven years ago. I wish I had expressed that it was not her fault that I was born with the genetic terminal disease cystic fibrosis. I […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions

The Consequences of Whooping Cough: How I Developed Cerebral Palsy

By March 16, 2015 No Comments

I have cerebral palsy, and it’s something I’ve been hesitant to talk about my entire life. Cerebral palsy (CP) “is caused by injuries or abnormalities of the brain. Most of these problems occur as the baby grows in the womb. But they can happen at any time during the first 2 years of life.” As […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Infectious Disease + Vaccines

What the New Peanut Study Really Says (and Doesn’t).

By March 5, 2015 1 Comment

When my son was eight months old, I gave him egg whites for breakfast. Fifteen minutes later, as the hives on his face expanded before my eyes, I was being grilled in an exam room by the on-call pediatrician. “Can you explain to me why you decided to introduce egg whites before the AAP recommends?” […]

Categories: Chronic Illnesses + Conditions, Food, Nutrition, + Infant Feeding, Science 101 + Mythbusting