Pediatrics in Practice presented by Children's Mercy Kansas City provides interviews with pediatric subspecialists on timely, relevant content for physicians and providers who care for children.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Idiopathic Congenital Clubfoot
Idiopathic congenital clubfoot occurs in 1 in 1,000 infants in the U.S. and is considered the most prevalent musculoskeletal birth defect in the world. In this podcast, Richard Schwend, MD, FAOA, FAAP, Interim Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Science at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, discusses a clinical report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics which covers background on the condition, evaluation and treatment – including the Ponseti technique, which is considered the gold standard of care. Click here to view the clinical report.
EMS Timely Tips: Tranexamic Acid (TXA) use in Pediatric Trauma
Massive transfusion protocols have become vital tools used within trauma centers across the country. Appropriately so, as many emergency providers know that hemorrhage is the most common cause of death within the first hour of arrival to a trauma center. Most recently, a medication called Tranexamic Acid or TXA has been found to assist in life-saving measures for trauma victims in both the pre-hospital setting and the emergency department. But is TXA a recommended medication for kids? This podcast segment highlights the safe use of TXA in pediatric traumas and beyond.
Food Insecurity Screening in the Allergy Specialty
Did you know that more than 1 in 5 children with food allergies also experience food insecurity (FI)? Children whose families struggle to acquire adequate nutrition are at higher risk for a wide range of conditions, including asthma, obesity and mental health issues. In this podcast, you’ll hear more on this topic, including guidance on FI screening in the pediatric care setting, from Jodi Shroba, MSN, APRN, CPNP, Food Allergy Program Coordinator for the Division of Allergy, Immunology, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at Children’s Mercy Kansas City.
Evaluating Pediatric Obesity
Currently 1 out of every 5 children (18.5%) meets the body mass index criteria for obesity (BMI ≥ 95th percentile). With this in mind, it’s important for providers to consider many factors when diagnosing and assessing a child for obesity. Kelsee Halpin, MD, MPH, pediatric endocrinologist at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, discusses more on this topic and what to look for in the primary care setting. For more information, visit the Common Endocrinology Conditions page on the Children’s Mercy website.
Evaluating Abnormal Menstrual Patterns
Girls and adolescents with more than 3 months between periods or those that remain otherwise irregular 2 years after menarche, should be evaluated for underlying causes. Emily Paprocki, DO, pediatric endocrinologist at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, discusses more on this topic and what to look for in the primary care setting. For more information, visit the Common Endocrinology Conditions page on the Children’s Mercy website.
Evaluating Abnormal Thyroid
Between 25-50% of the referrals to a pediatric endocrinology clinic are related to abnormal thyroid function tests (TFTs). However, the majority of these abnormal TFTs are not associated with a true thyroid problem, especially when these tests are ordered in the absence of any signs or symptoms suggestive of a thyroid disease. In this podcast, Francesco De Luca, MD, Division Director of Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, covers tips for evaluating abnormal thyroid in the primary care setting. For more information, visit the Common Endocrinology Conditions page on the Children’s Mercy website.