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May 02, 2017
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Hello Parents!

 

My blog today discusses a recent study that assessed the effects spanking. Now I know this blog will be considered controversial by some, and the study I am going to discuss briefly, will be disregarded by others. But for those who are not already emotionally invested in their opinion one way or the other, and are simply interested in the findings of this recent and well regarded scientific study, here goes.

 

The study was published in 2016 in the Journal of Family Psychology. The authors were Elizabeth Gershoff of the University of Texas at Austin, and Andrew Grogan-Kaylor of the University of Michigan. The researchers looked at 5 decades of research that involved 160,000 children. It is felt to be the most complete analysis studying the long and short-term outcomes from spanking to date.

 

So what did they find? The analysis focused on what most of us would think of as normal spanking. This is hitting the child with an open hand on the behind or extremities. And in short, what the scientific evidence found, was that spanking is ineffective and has a number of long term harmful consequences to children. To quote Elizabeth Gershoff, "We found that spanking was associated with unintended detrimental outcomes and was not associated with more immediate or long-term compliance, which are parents’ intended outcomes when they discipline their children.”

 

So to restate, spanking did not result in immediate or long-term compliance but also had unintended bad outcomes. Some of the negative outcomes of spanking were that children were more likely to defy their parents, have anti-social behavior and develop mental health problems even into adulthood. Also children who were disciplined physically were more likely to use corporal punishment on their own children.

 

Parents must decide whether or not to spank their children, but I for one, having read about the findings in this study, would not recommend it.

 

Below I have included a couple of links that reference the study in case you would like to read more.

 

Peace and love to all those wonderful kids and parents out there.

 

Doctor Hernandez

 

 

http://www.livescience.com/54591-spanking-makes-kids-defiant.html

 

https://news.utexas.edu/2016/04/25/risks-of-harm-from-spanking-confirmed-by-researchers

 

 

 

 

By contactus@psmgfl.com
March 01, 2017
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Flu season has hit our area in full force. 

How do you know if someone in your family has gotten the Flu? 

IF they suddenly develop fever, especially with chills, headache, muscle achiness, cough and generally feel terrible and just want to lie in bed under a lot of covers, they probably have the Flu.  Worsening cough, sore throat and a runny or congested nose will usually follow..  Some people will have partial immunity and their symptoms may not be as severe, but a typical Flu infection makes people feel very ill for 3-5 days and then they will start to feel like they are starting to get better.  

What should you do if you think your child has the Flu? 

If they are considered high risk because of their age (less than 2 yrs. old),  or underlying medical condition, they should definitely be evaluated.  If they are school aged and don’t have any underlying medical condition they can be managed at home with increased fluids, fever control with Tylenol or Ibuprofen (but never Aspirin) and some of grandma’s restorative chicken soup.  If their fever is lasting longer than 4-5 days or they are not showing signs of improvement by this time they should be seen and evaluated.  Another reason to have your child evaluated when you think they have the Flu is if you want to put them on Tamiflu.  This is a medication covered by most, but not all, insurances.  It is given twice daily for 5 days to treat the Flu and once a day for 10 days to prevent household contacts from getting the Flu.  It shortens the course of the Flu by an average of about a day if given in the first 48 hours of infection and helps prevent transmission when taken by contacts. This can be significant when you consider how ill the Flu can make you and the lost school and work days caused by Flu infections in children and their family members.   So if your child has important upcoming events, such as performances or athletic events, or spread to other family members would be especially problematic, then it is best to get your child in to our office as soon as they develop classic Flu symptoms, preferably within  the first 48 hours.  A rapid Flu test can be done and a decision to treat the patient or contacts can be made based on the result.  One must keep in mind however that the rapid flu test is not that sensitive and may have a false negative result (a negative result in a patient who has the Flu) in 20-30 % of infected patients.  Because of this if a patient is evaluated during Flu season and has classic Flu symptoms a decision may be made to treat them with Tamiflu without doing a rapid Flu test or even if the result is negative in certain situations.  These cases are usually discussed with parent and the child and an informed decision is made.

Douglass Hasell, MD

By Sheridan Hernandez MD
May 25, 2016
Category: infants
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In March of 2014 there was an outbreak of type B meningitis at Princeton University. Seven students were infected. One student, unaware of having being colonized by the deadly bacteria, visited a friend at Drexel University. Her name was Stephanie Ross and she was a sophomore. Shortly after the visit with her friend, Stephanie was found unresponsive by her sorority sisters. She later died as a result of type B meningitis.

In 2015 there was an outbreak of type B meningitis at the University of Oregon. This outbreak resulted in the death of an 18 year old girl by the name of Lauren Jones.

There were, in fact, outbreaks of type B meningitis at 5 colleges from March 2013 to February 2016. One infected student had to have both feet amputated, others had permanent neurological deficits that resulted from the infection.

There are five major serogroups of meningococcal disease: A C W Y and B. Type B accounts for one third of the infections in the US, but is now the leading cause of the disease in adolescents. The symptoms of Type B meningitis are the same as the other types, starting with fever,  flu like symptoms and quickly progressing to signs of serious illness such as lethargy, severe headache, stiff neck and sometimes a strange rash that looks like little blood clots in the skin.

At the time of these outbreaks of type B meningitis, we already standardly vaccinated children before college against types types A C W and Y, but there was not a US approved vaccine for type B.

Fortunately, in response to these college outbreaks, there are now two vaccines available to protect our children from this sometimes deadly and always terrifying illness. At our office we use a vaccine called Trumenba. It is recommended to be given to young people between the ages of 16 and 23, although it is approved for children from 10 to 25 years of age.

Initially, it was felt necessary to give 3 injections to acquire immunity. We now know that 2 vaccines, 6 months apart, is sufficient.

This is a life saving vaccine and is covered on all insurances. Both of my college aged children have been vaccinated and I am so grateful that they are protected against this disease. 

When your adolescent kids come for a visit, please ask us about the type B meningitis vaccine. It could save your precious child's life.

All the best to all our wonderful patients out there. Stay well and stay safe!

Dr. Sheridan Hernandez

 

 
 
By Pediatric Specialists Medical Group
March 04, 2015
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At Pediatric Specialists Medical Group, we believe that educated parents are better prepared to make decisions regarding their child’s health and wellbeing.  Our blog was designed to provide you with valuable health care information, the latest pediatric developments and child health care advice from our dedicated team. 

Pediatric Specialists Medical Group  hopes you find our blog to be a great resource for keeping up to date with proper child health care and treatments.

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