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Suzanne Condron, M.D., F.A.A.P.


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My Baby’s Head Looks Flat!

Posted by Suzanne Condron, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Feb 17, 2017 3:35:44 PM

One of the most common concerns pediatricians hear from parents is their baby’s head looks flat. We call this condition plagiocephaly. Doctors examine babies from head to toe to distinguish between a temporary, self-limited problem and one that needs further evaluation or treatment.

When we are born, the skull bones are only loosely joined together. This unfused structure allows the skull to conform to the narrow birth canal when we are born and it allows for the rapid brain development and resulting head growth that occurs in the first year of life. Babies are regularly born with oddly shaped heads, but over days to weeks their heads become more symmetrical.

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Topics: plagiocephaly, flat head

Bronchiolitis Can be a Big Problem for Little Babies

Posted by Suzanne Condron, M.D., F.A.A.P. on Jan 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Cold season is well under way.  For most of us, this means putting up with a week or two of sneezing, nasal congestion and cough.  For babies, though, the same viruses that are a nuisance for their parents and older siblings can pose a real danger.

December and January typically see a peak in a number of respiratory viruses.  Among them are respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, plus a host of other viruses that have similar effects.  Most people infected with RSV, young and old, develop an upper respiratory infection— basically cold symptoms from the neck up.  The younger the patient is, though, the higher the risk of developing more serious illness. Infants, especially young babies born prematurely, are at higher risk of developing a lower respiratory infection, involving the lungs.

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Topics: bronchiolitis, RSV, respiratory virus, cold season

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