Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Spring Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

2017 Spring

April 1, 2017 – So this is 12 days late – spring officially began on March the 20th – but can you blame someone for being a little confused about the change of season around here?

It is our tradition to change our website banner to match the season, and in that spirit we remove the sledders – that seems like a pretty foreign concept at this point – and introduce the family walking on the partially tree-shaded path (is it half-sunny or half-shaded? What kind of person are you?).

Dad appears pretty casual. Mom seems to have kept her options open for the day with her choice of clothing. All three seem to be fully participating in each other on this beautiful day (do those assumptions make me a half-sunny kind of person?).

You could imagine as they walk the parents might gently lift their son by his hands and swing him back and forth (WARNING: don’t fall for it – it’s a trap).

Let me take this opportunity as your pediatrician to provide this public service announcement: SWINGING OR PULLING A CHILD BY THEIR EXTENDED ARM IS NOT A GOOD IDEA.

Nursemaids Elbow

The possible resulting condition described above is Nursemaid’s Elbow. You can find more information at the link provided.

In short, it is a painful yet fortunately treatable (and preventable) condition – don’t let it mess up your half-sunny day.


Dr. Todd Harris

November 7, 2016 – Here is a brief and effective video about something that comes up in our office frequently.

A common reason for difficulty with an ear exam is too much wax in the ear canal. Some people try to combat this problem by ‘cleaning’ the ear canal with Q-tips or cotton swabs.

You know when you have good intentions but your efforts just end up making things worse?

This is one of those situations.

This video shows why Q-Tips are not a good idea for your ear canal.


Dr. Todd Harris

 July 29, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children continues a regular feature that attempts to answer the question,

“What are the best resources available to our families for pediatric medical information and guidance?”

We define “best resource” as being:

  • Based on the best science
  • Presented in a practical and easy-to-understand format
  • Regularly updated as we find new things
  • Not a replacement for your pediatrician’s advice – intended to supplement and keep everyone well informed!

Today’s Topic: With the completion of both political party conventions, let’s lighten the mood and look at resources intended to help us all…

Be Prepared for Threatening Weather

RCAM Approved Resource

 

Getting your family prepared for a disaster

From HealthyChildren.org, some general guidelines for handling a disaster – both before and after

 

Helping your child cope

Again from HealthyChildren.org, some general guidelines for helping children with general coping skills

 

Natural Disaster and Severe Weather

The CDC website has cataloged information about specific types of natural disasters and severe weather

 

Ready.gov

Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters”

 

Ready Kids

Ready.gov has a version of its website created with a younger reader in mind

 


Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Summer Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

2016 Summer Web

June 21, 2016 – At Raleigh Childrens, we love the change of season.

In the spring and summer, it is always good to say “goodbye” to flu season and “hello” to a time that is generally healthier and when we are more physically active. It has become our tradition here to change the banner at the top of our webpage with each season, and – with that change yesterday – we officially welcomed summer.

At Raleigh Childrens, we also love children being active – particularly if they are enjoying themselves because that means they are likely to do it again and take some steps toward developing a good habit. With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to highlight this delightful young lady with her multi-colored fingernails who is pictured here and clearly having fun at the pool.

A few things to keep in mind for the summer:

Have a healthy and fun summer.


Dr. Todd Harris

May 30, 2016From today’s News & Observer, a local story about a young accident victim who inspires after losing a leg in a lawn mower accident.

He is in a video that will be shown nation-wide to educate about lawn mower safety:

Some ideas about lawn mower safety from HealthyChildren.org

Lawn Mower Safety - HealthyChildren


Dr. Todd Harris

College Basketball 01 16 16

January 16, 2016 – Isn’t it nice to hear good news once in a while?

Some days you could really use that good news.

For certain college basketball fans, today might be a good day to seek out some good news.

The American Academy of Pediatrics made a list of 7 great advancements in pediatric research. Read about how life is better today for our children due to pediatric research here.

And guess what?

Even if your team happen to win today – or if you don’t care about college basketball – all of these advancements are still good news.

The achievements are listed below. Click on each one for more information.

  1. Preventing Disease with Life-saving Immunizations
  2. Reducing SIDS with “Back to Sleep”
  3. Curing a Common Childhood Cancer
  4. Saving Premature Babies by helping them Breathe
  5. Preventing Mother-to-Baby HIV Transmission
  6. Increasing Life Expectancy for Children with Chronic Disease
  7. Saving Lives with Car Seats and Seat Belts

 

 


Dr. Todd Harris

December 23, 2015 – A group of RCAM nurses pointed this out to me today and this could be a big deal when you are counting on your kids to be safe in a car.

The small adjustment is near the end of this brief video.


Dr. Sarah Owrey

Baby on Board

November 4, 2015 – Not sure whatever happened to these signs. Not sure if anyone drove safer because of them.

Once again, it is proven that transporting your child safely includes a car seat that has been chosen carefully, installed properly and used appropriately.

Here is another link from the AAP with some timely car seat information.