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Understanding and Diagnosing Growth Plate Fractures in Young Athletes

As participation of children and adolescents in organized sports continues to rise, so do concerns about the risk and severity of injury to a child’s growing body. Sudden and gradual onset physical injury is unique to the pediatric population and, if not treated properly, can lead to permanent problems with the bone and with growth. Charles Goldfarb, MD, shares how growth plate fractures are diagnosed, treated, and when to refer to a specialist.


Children’s Expands Services Within Community

From technology and innovation, to changing demographics and new regulations, the healthcare landscape is in a near constant state of reinvention. Staying at the forefront of patient care means adapting to differing methods by which patients and families receive this care. Mark Lowe, MD, PhD, and Michele McKee discuss how at St. Louis Children’s this means improving and creating new access points to meet the changing needs of the communities we serve.


Pediatric Acute Wound Services (PAWS)

Brad Warner, MD, surgeon-in-chief at St. Louis Children's Hospital and division director of pediatric surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, is here to discuss The Pediatric Acute Wound Service Program (PAWS) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He also shares how it offers a program where staff specially trained in burn and wound care provide care to children in the hospital and to outpatients.


The Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Switching gender roles and occasionally pretending to be the opposite sex is common in young children. But for some kids, they feel certain they were born with the wrong bodies. For these kids and their families, access to individualized treatment can be hard to find. Christopher Lewis MD, discusses The Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and how it offers the only multidisciplinary care available to children and adolescents in the St. Louis region...


Diagnosing ADHD

ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavior disorder of childhood. Mini Tandon, DO, discusses diagnosing ADHD, advancements and innovations in treatment, WUSM studies taking place, and when to refer to a specialist.


Excessive Screen Time for Kids

Times have changed. Instead of going to a friend's house or hanging out at a popular bowling alley or skating rink, your child may prefer to stay at home, glued to the computer screen. While it might seem risk free to have your child safe in the comforts of your own home, there are some cautions you need to keep in mind. T. Eric Spiegel, MD, discusses screen time for kids, the updated recommendations from the AAP and how pediatricians and parents can work together to combat excessive...


Autoimmune Encephalitis

The key to treating encephalitis is early detection and treatment. A child with encephalitis requires immediate hospitalization and close monitoring. Sometimes, depending on what doctors think the specific cause of the encephalitis is, certain medications can be used to fight infections that may cause it. In this podcast, Dr. Stuart Tomko, MD, Washington University pediatric neurologist at St. Louis Children's Hospital, discusses Autoimmune Encephalitis and when to refer to a specialist.


Talking to Kids About Traumatic Events

Many children in schools across the country have now heard about the tragic events that happened in Parkland, FL. As a result, they may struggle with their own feelings of fear, confusion and uncertainty. In this very important podcast, Suzanne Thompson, PhD discusses how to talk to kids about traumatic events that they see in the media, mental health issues in light of the Florida shooting, and resources available for parents and physicians at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Tune in to...


Best Practices on Infant Sleep Safety

In 1992, the AAP began recommending babies sleep on their backs to prevent suffocation and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Since this recommendation, the number of infant deaths has dropped more than 50 percent in the United States. Yet the number of infant deaths from suffocation or entrapment during sleep has increased. Since 2005, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has made several changes to its recommendations for safe sleep. Recently, the AAP issued more specific...


Coming Back From ACL Injury

Having an ACL tear can be hard on a young athlete. Recent studies estimate that nearly 250,000 ACL injuries occur annually in the United States. If reconstruction is indicated, a reconstructed ACL is as strong and sometimes even stronger than the original anterior cruciate ligament. But some of the risk factors, including movement patterns, that caused the original injury are still present, and for that reason a thorough rehab program is vital after surgery. Here to discuss recovery from...


Understanding Moymoya Disease in Children

Moyamoya is a disease of abnormal blood vessels in the brain that can occur in children. It leads to narrowing and blood clot formation that prevents the brain from getting enough blood. Without treatment, Moyamoya can cause strokes or bleeding into the brain. St. Louis Children's Hospital has a multidisciplinary team of pediatric neurosurgeons, neurologists, pediatricians, neuroradiologists, anesthesiologists, and physicians who work together to protect the brains and development of...


Short Bowel Syndrome

Short gut syndrome, also known as short bowel syndrome, occurs when the body does not properly absorb and digest food normally because a large length of the small intestine is missing or non-functional. This can be due to a birth defect or surgical removal. People with short gut syndrome cannot absorb enough water, vitamins, and other nutrients from food to thrive and grow. In this segment, discussing Short Bowel Syndrome and when to refer, is Brad Warner, MD. He is a Washington...


Navigating the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Campus Expansion

Campus Renewal is a long-term project to transform the medical center through new construction and renovations, creating an environment and experience for patients and their families that matches the excellence in medical care they expect. Joining the show to discuss the exciting hospital campus expansion at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and how it will impact our referring physicians and the community, is F. Sessions Cole, MD. He is the director of newborn medicine and Chief Medical...


St. Louis Children’s Hospital After Hours, SLCH’s First Pediatric Convenient Care Location, ...

Introducing St. Louis Children’s Hospital After Hours – providing medical care for illnesses and injuries by specially-trained pediatric providers. When most pediatrician offices are closed, After Hours offers a kid-focused and lower cost alternative to ERs and urgent care centers. Listen in as Beth Schickler discusses this important service and how it was developed after community physicians recognized a need to provide quality after-hours care to their patients when their office is closed.


Pediatric Anesthesiology: Frequently Asked Questions

The anesthesiologists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital provide care for children of all ages. Our team includes board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists, certified nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners and pediatric anesthesia fellows. In the segment, Dr Thomas Cox discusses pediatric anesthesiology and the most common questions parents ask regarding anesthesia.


Abnormal Liver Labs in Children

In this segment, Yumirle (Yumi) Turmelle, MD, joins the show to discuss the possible causes and treatment options for abnormal liver labs in children and when to refer to a specialist.


Treatment Options for Clubfoot

About one baby in every 1,000 in the United States is born with clubfoot. Almost half of those babies have bilateral clubfoot where both feet have the deformity. The wonderful news is that there is a non-surgical treatment that, with rare exceptions, can correct clubfoot and help children live normal lives. Clubfoot requires a proper medical evaluation and will not resolve on its own. In this segment, Dr. Matthew Dobbs joins the show to discuss treatment options for club foot available...


The Risks of Anesthetic Neurotoxicity in Infants and Children

In December 2012, SmartTots released its first Consensus Statement on the Use of Anesthetics and Sedatives in Children. Its purpose was to provide guidance to health care providers and parents with regard to research findings that suggest anesthetics may be harmful to the developing brain. SmartTots has now updated the statement in light of recent research. The results of these research studies demonstrate that exposure to some anesthetics and sedatives can cause memory and learning...


Preparing for Flu Season

We are heading into flu season, so it is time for pediatric offices to get prepared! Certain populations are at a higher risk of having serious flu-related complications, including pregnant women, children younger than 5 years old, children with chronic medical conditions and anyone who lives with any of the above mentioned populations. In this important segment, Dr Rachel Orscheln discusses this years flu vaccine, the latest recommendations on the nasel spray and educating patients on...


Late Side Effects from Chemotherapy

Childhood cancer survival is one of the greatest success stories of medicine in recent years. Since the 1970's, the cure rate and number of survivors has grown dramatically. As the number of survivors of childhood cancer continues to grow, so does knowledge of the late effects of cancer treatment. More than two-thirds of young adult survivors of childhood cancer eventually experience at least one "late effect," with some survivors experiencing more. Late effects can occur in any organ or...


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