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July 13, 2017 | Anup Kudakkasseril MD, FAAP

Choking hazards can be anywhere, but being alert for small objects, such as coins, buttons, small toys and certain foods, can help you prevent your child from choking. Check under furniture and between couch cushions for small items that children could find, put in their mouth and potentially choke on. Be on the lookout for these choking hazards in your home and keep them out of your child’s reach. 

Choking hazard items

Household items that are choking hazards and should be kept away from young children include:

  • Coins
  • Buttons
  • Toys with small parts or toys that can fit entirely in a child’s...
July 11, 2017 | Brian Fontenot, pediatric surgery physician assistant fellow

Desperate times and circumstances have an inconsiderate way of forcing one to evaluate their actions, both past and future. During graduate school, one of my classmates and I committed ourselves to raising money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by participating in Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Science Center’s annual “Geaux Bald” fundraising event. Additionally, we would shave our heads as an outward sign that we participated in the event. 

The purpose of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and its sponsored fundraising events is to raise money specifically for pediatric cancer research....

July 10, 2017 | Jorge Emilio Gomez, MD

Children and teenagers participating in summer athletics, including strength and conditioning camps and sports-focused camps, are at risk for heat illness. It’s important for youngsters, as well as their parents and coaches supervising them, to be aware of measures to prevent heat illness. Risk factors for heat illness include lack of fluid intake; being overweight; poor physical conditioning; lack of sleep; and wearing tight clothing, layers or dark clothes.


Children and teens should drink plenty of water. Water is the best hydrating fluid.  Encourage children and teens to drink milk with their meals; an 8 oz...

July 07, 2017 | Larry H. Hollier, Jr., MD

What is pediatric plastic surgery?

Pediatric plastic surgery is a surgical subspecialty that focuses on the reconstructive and aesthetic improvement of a child’s appearance, with the goal of restoring functionality and improving quality of life for those who are born with anomalies (congenital) or acquire them from an illness or traumatic event. 

Types of pediatric plastic surgery

Reconstructive surgery is utilized to correct an anatomical difference in order to optimize functionality. Aesthetic surgery is performed for restoration of the form and appearance. A combination of these two types of surgery is...

July 06, 2017 | Diane Kaulen, child life specialist

With the school year over, parents are planning their children’s summer activities. We might reflect back to our childhood and the anticipation of summer break, remembering all of the fun opportunities we had. We hope to give our children a glimpse into some of the same exciting experiences we enjoyed. We look back on those days in summer camp with fondness. We reminisce about those moments of sitting around a campfire with new friends, the smell of marshmallows roasting over the flame, singing and dancing along with camp songs. The days were filled with canoeing, archery and the feeling of butterflies in your stomach as you zip-lined through...