Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in children. In the United States, up to 9% of toddlers between 1 and 3 years of age, and 11% of adolescent girls have iron deficiency. Prematurity, early introduction of unmodified cow’s milk, obesity and continued bottle feeding during the second and third year of life are recognized risks for iron deficiency in young children. Poor diet and heavy menses are risks for the adolescent female.
Last month, over 30% of Texan babies needing medical care for respiratory issues tested positive for a common seasonal virus, respiratory syncytial virus or RSV. As Dr. Matthew Wigder explained in a previous post about RSV, it’s a common seasonal virus, which infects nearly all children by the age of two.
The value of feeding human milk for virtually all infants cannot be overstated. However, the overwhelming majority of infants in the United States will receive some infant formula during the first year of life and often parents are given little objective guidance in how to make a formula choice. Parents have questions both about how to select an infant formula and how to prepare it. Let’s start in this blog post with the selection issues.
I can remember how cool I thought I was when I got my 1st cellular phone. It was the mid-to-late-90's and I was part of a small minority of high school kids with a cell phone. There were no texting functions. And I couldn't call many of my friends on it, because they didn't have one. But I was definitely cool.
During Heart Month in February, most people think of adults and heart disease. Too few realize that some 32,000 babies per year are born with congenital heart defects. In fact, it is the #1 birth defect, by far. Some of those defects are so major — such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) — that babies have to undergo open heart surgery as newborns, followed by at least 2 other surgeries as they grow.