‘Safety’ Category

We are swimming in muddy waters

We are swimming in muddy waters

Guess what!  Now it’s ok to eat peanuts or tree nuts during pregnancy!  A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association documented that eating nut products during pregnancy actually does not increase an unborn child’s eventual risk of developing nut allergies. Guess what!  All plastic products for infants and children no longer […]

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One Less Nut in LALA Land

One Less Nut in LALA Land

The day after Jane Brody’s article in the New York Times came out, describing how surprisingly common it is for children to choke on objects, be they toys or food, I’m in the operating room with a toddler’s who’s choked on a cashew.  Wait, he’s not even a toddler.  He’s a BABY. By some arbitrary […]

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The worst parents in the world, or mixed messages?

The worst parents in the world, or mixed messages?

The other day, I asked a tearful mom to kiss her boy goodbye before we wheeled him off to the operating room. And we didn’t have time for a long goodbye. He was three-years-old, her ‘one and only’. Just days before, he had choked while eating popcorn, seemed okay right afterwards, but his nagging cough […]

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Pool Safety:  It’s Not Just about Watching The Kids

Pool Safety: It’s Not Just about Watching The Kids

Even though the summer season is coming to a close, just the other day we were reminded of yet another concern about pool safety: pool drains. The music star Usher’s son was pulled to the bottom of his home pool by the suction power of a faulty drain cover. Even if this 5-year-old had been […]

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Breathing Issues in Your Newborn

Breathing Issues in Your Newborn

Anyone who has ever been in a delivery room, be they parent, birthing coach, doctor, or nurse, awaits the same thing: a newborn baby’s first cry.  “WAAAAAAAAAAA!!!” and everybody cheers.  But did you know that a baby cannot breathe through his wide-open mouth, except when he cries?  That’s right, a newborn baby must breathe through […]

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The Cockroach in His Ear

The Cockroach in His Ear

“You did what??” I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about some of the most amazing medical cases I’ve seen and surgeries I’ve done—to make kids breathe better, to save their lives, to better their lives, or to ward off infections.  But when I told him, as an aside, in order to […]

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Informed Dissent

Informed Dissent

Just when we thought the controversy of immunization had reached its height, there is yet a new twist being brought to the California legislature. While many parents with school-aged children have been documenting their refusal to have their children immunized with signed waivers brought to school officials, there is now a plan afoot to mandate […]

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Are we nuts over vaccines?

Are we nuts over vaccines?

By Nina Shapiro, MD Author of “Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child” “Nut-free”, “Peanut-free”, and the latest and greatest: “Nut sensitive”. The rage in preschools and elementary schools across the country is to protect our nut-challenged children from nut exposure, even if it means not exposing them to […]

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Happy Halloween! Trick or Choke?

Happy Halloween! Trick or Choke?

What child doesn’t love Halloween? In fifteen years as a pediatric ear, nose, and throat doctor, Halloween is always my slowest workday. What parent would dare subject their child to a doctor’s appointment, or (perish the thought!) a surgery, on the most sacred of sugar-filled days? Everyone gets involved; newborns don some sort of cute, […]

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Why Kids Drown in Kiddie Pools

Why Kids Drown in Kiddie Pools

Summer’s here. We’re back in the pool, lake, ocean, or river. But the carefree days of our seemingly endless summers are long gone. Any of us with small children are keenly aware of the risks of drowning for our little ones. And regardless of your views on the Casey Anthony case, and what caused little […]

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