pediatrics

Their DNA Will Remember: The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Detention

Their DNA Will Remember: The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Detention

Posted by  | Perspectives in Research

One of the hottest topics debated in the 2020 presidential race so far has been immigration reform. There has been widespread outrage centered on the separation of families and the horrible conditions and long stays in detention centers along our southern borders. Detainees hope they’ll be released as soon as possible, but for the children(...)

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Mental Health on the Reservation: Native American Teens and Toxic Stress

Mental Health on the Reservation: Native American Teens and Toxic Stress

Posted by  | A Day in the Life

Toxic stress is everywhere. As a pediatrician in Baltimore City, I acknowledge the elephant in the exam room at nearly every appointment. Abuse. Neglect. Domestic violence. Toxic stress is a term used to describe the repeated experience of adverse childhood events without positive interpersonal relationships to buffer the ongoing trauma. As a result, children in(...)

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Practicing Mindfulness May Help Negate Long-Term Negative Effects of Trauma in Children

Practicing Mindfulness May Help Negate Long-Term Negative Effects of Trauma in Children

Posted by  | Perspectives in Research

Children who experience traumatic experiences are known to have long-term negative health effects, including mental, behavioral and physical issues. Mindfulness interventions have proven successful in adults and those dealing with trauma to negate some of the effects of distress. It is suggested that mindfulness could be utilized in children with adverse childhood experiences to also(...)

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Is Convenience Harming Our Children?

Posted by  | A Day in the Life

I recently took care of a young infant who was found to have eaten a single-use detergent sac, otherwise known as a laundry pod. The child’s mom called 911 because of vomiting, but by the time the paramedics brought the patient to the emergency department, he was barely conscious, breathing hard and fast, intermittently gasping(...)

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Pediatric Mental Illness Crisis: Barriers to Pediatric Mental Health Services in Our Current EMS System

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Imagine you are a pediatrician working in an emergency department when a young female patient who was recently diagnosed as bipolar is brought in by her mother. She is visibly angry upon arrival, and her mother looks tired and distressed. When you enter the room, the young girl begins the interaction with foul language. She(...)

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