Affecting nearly 6 million children in the United States, food allergies are a growing safety and public health concern that can be life-threatening. As a true immune response of the body identifying certain foods as harmful, food allergy reactions can range from mild (eg, itchy mouth) to severe and potentially deadly (ie, anaphylaxis). Although there is no cure for food allergies, reactions can be prevented through strict avoidance of food allergens, and quality of life can be improved by promoting safety and awareness. Here we provide 5 tips for managing food allergies in children.
Seizures are among the most common treatable and preventable medical conditions that require children to use emergency medical services. Optimizing home management of seizures in pediatric patients can significantly reduce morbidity and mortality in this population.
Pharmacists may see a change in the packaging and labeling of select over-the-counter (OTC) acetaminophen products. Current OTC liquid acetaminophen products on the market do not have standardized concentrations, labeling, or dosing devices.
Medically complex children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN) are often described as having at least 1 chronic condition resulting in high family-identified service needs, functional limitations, which usually require medical equipment, functional disabilities, the involvement of multiple subspecialists, and increased use of healthcare services.
In clinical practice, sleep concerns associated with the use of stimulant medications for attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are common. Parents have numerous concerns regarding the quantity and quality of their child’s sleep, as well as the known side effects of ADHD medications that interfere with sleep initiation and maintenance. It is key for community pharmacists and retail clinicians to understand these concerns and be able to address questions about possible solutions.
To clinicians, few sights are more frightening than an infant gasping for air, with oxygen levels falling, struggling with paroxysms of constant coughing. This is the consequence of pertussis transmission, which, in 2013, affected more than 22,000 children and 6000 adults in the United States.
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