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Marijuana and Teens

by Tom Seman MD FAAP September 13th, 2019 | Pediatrician on Call
How does marijuana affect a growing teen?

Marijuana, cannabis, pot, weed, or herb are all names of the same plant that is used for its mind altering effects. Rapidly increasing in the teen population over the last several decades, more than half of high school seniors report using marijuana at least once with approximately a quarter of them reporting use in the last month.

A study out of Yale, published this month, showed that over 1/3 of teens that smoke marijuana abused prescription opiates. As such marijuana, along with alcohol and tobacco, is listed as a gateway drug.

The effect on the
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Styes on the Eyes

by Tom Seman MD FAAP January 14th, 2014 | Children's Health, Pediatrician on Call
My son gets styes on his eyes frequently. Could there be an underlying condition, or is this something that I really shouldn't worry a lot about? Also, is there anything special I can do to treat them at home?

They say that eyes are the windows to the soul. Unfortunately something so important that is used continuously is often prone to minor problems. One of the most common is a stye. A stye, also known as a hordeolum (pronounced "hor-dee-OH-lum"), is a red sore lump near the edge of the eyelid due to an infection of the eyelash follicle. Sometimes
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Nose Bleeds in Children

by Tom Seman MD FAAP November 21st, 2013 | Children's Health, Pediatrician on Call
Cold outdoor air, dry indoor air, viral head colds, and nasal allergies all mean one thing and that is a dry nose and probable nose bleeds, or epistaxis as the medical professionals call it. Some people are more susceptible than others to getting these bleeds. Most people will have one every 1-2 years which may be related to the above, or due to trauma directly to the nose, or in many children related to exploring the inside of the nose with their fingers. Usually the bleeds only last for a few minutes and may return shortly after should the
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Treating Allergies in Children

by Tom Seman MD FAAP October 8th, 2013 | Children's Health, Pediatrician on Call
My daughter is experiencing a lot of issues with seasonal allergies. What is the best treatment to give her relief?

Fall is here and school has started. Unfortunately so is ragweed, the number one allergen in the fall. For most  people allergies are seasonal and typically in the spring and early summer. However, allergies can be around throughout the entire year and should be taken care of to decrease worsening symptoms and other side effects from them. So how do we take care of them.

First of all we need to know what a child is allergic
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Fitness for Children

by Tom Seman MD FAAP September 16th, 2013 | Children's Health, Pediatrician on Call
When we think of childhood, either our own or those in the movies or television , we think of children running around, laughing and playing. And this is the way things should be since childhood is the time to develop a good and healthy lifestyle. A lifestyle of healthy eating, a good night's sleep and lots of physical activity.

Over the years there have been many studies that have looked at the value of physical activity in all age groups, and universally there is a benefit to keeping one's body busy. We are hearing and seeing
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