Inside Pediatrics is a free monthly podcast series featuring specialists at Children's of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Episodes cover topics related to child health and wellness, research and treatment, and frequently complement articles appearing in Inside Pediatrics magazine.
It's the leading cause of hearing loss (non-genetic) among newborn babies, but more than 91% of women don't even know about CMV (Cytomegalovirus). Once a pregnant woman acquires CMV, there's a 1 in 3 chance she will pass it to her unborn child. We're talking about a common virus that's all around us, but to the unborn baby, it can be debilitating, and even deadly. Drs. Karen Fowler and Shannon Ross tell us what CMV is, why Birmingham is a hot spot for CMV research, and how pregnant mothers can protect themselves and their babies.
The PIRC (Psychiatric Intake Response Center) at Children's is one-year strong, and has helped hundreds of callers in Alabama navigate the mental health system for children and teens. Born out of the need for guidance and direction when access to care can be a challenge, the PIRC is staffed by licensed counselors trained to help triage a caller's situation and recommend the next step. The staff has access to a database of mental health professionals in a five-county area (and beyond), and is available seven days a week. While it is not a suicide or crisis hotline, the PIRC can provide support and education, safety planning for current or future crises and resources. 205.638.PIRC (7472)
Children's Hospital of Alabama's unique partnership with Lakeshore Foundation includes a new facility on the Lakeshore campus. The extension of services for patients offers physician care provided by the UAB Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine and therapy provided by Children's of Alabama's physical, occupational, and speech therapists. The added benefit is a physical connection and an inspiring way for patients who qualify to connect with sports, fitness, recreation, and healthy living activities and events provided by Lakeshore Foundation.
For a child on the heart transplant list, the wait can be from several weeks, to several months. The Pediatric Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant team at Children's of Alabama is dedicated to keeping the blood pumping and keeping children healthy until a donor arrives. Once a new heart is transplanted, our team boasts a 97 percent survival rate – well over the national rate of 90.2 percent. The experience, cohesiveness and stability of the transplant team are credited with giving children not only a new heart, but a new life.
When in doubt, check it out! The Regional Poison Control Center (RPCC) in Alabama is celebrating its 60th anniversary. As one of the oldest operating poison centers in the nation, specially trained pharmacists and nurses staff the toll free number 24/7, 365 days a year. Director Ann Slattery, DrPH, RN, RPh, DABAT shares helpful tips for parents and caregivers to avoid a trip to the emergency room.
Vape shops selling electronic cigarettes are popping up in strip malls all over the U.S. The colorful, flavored liquid is being marketing to tweens and teens. But what’s really in that liquid? Is it “safer” than traditional cigarettes? What are the dangers, and what can parents tell their children about e-cigarettes that the manufacturers won’t?
September is National Childhood Cancer and Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Dr. Kim Whelan talks about the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, and its impact on patient care in the state of Alabama and across the country. Together, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Children's of Alabama are one of only 19 sites nationwide to participate in the Children's Oncology Group phase one and two consortium which allows our families to have access to the newest drugs and promising clinical trials without having to travel out of state. Each year, more than 1,500 children come to our center for care, and more than 300 dedicated pediatric healthcare professionals provide exceptional patient care, education and research. We are committed to finding a cure for all children – down the street and around the world.
Contrary to popular belief, talking about suicide doesn’t make teenagers more apt to attempt suicide. An open dialogue can help tweens and teens work through some of their toughest moments and see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Pediatric psychologist Dr. Dan Marullo shares how to recognize depression, how to raise a more resilient child and how important role models can be. Let’s get rid of the stigma and treat mental health issues for what they are – physical illnesses that can be treated and overcome.
When a child complains about words “swimming” on the page of a book or feeling dizzy when they stand up or walk down the stairs, it could be a vestibular problem happening deep within the inner ear. Traditionally these vestibular and balance disorders have been a challenge to diagnose. Until now. New testing equipment can help pinpoint the problem and help therapists customize treatment for the patient.
Having audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, rehabilitation medicine and otolaryngology (ENT) all under one roof, communicating with each other, makes for a unique program found at very few hospitals in the United States. Improving outcomes is the goal, and Children’s of Alabama’s team approach to vestibular and balance disorders can do just that.
During the month of February, we celebrate Heart Month at Children’s of Alabama by highlighting advancements in care and technology at the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama. This partnership between Children’s and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) brings together more than 250 team members who focus solely on the care of children with heart disease. From the time a baby is diagnosed, even before birth, a plan for that child’s care is developed.
As Division Director of Pediatric Cardiology, Dr. Yung Lau and his team follow patients from birth until the transition to adult care. Recent partnerships and advancements in technology help to save lives in schools, monitor patients from afar and operate using less-invasive techniques.