Author: Jessica Cerretani

Why expert care is crucial for aspiration

Dr. Rachel Rosen explains her new study about aspiration
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: PATRICK BIBBINS/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Aspiration, or the entrance of food or liquid into a child’s airway, is associated with oropharyngeal dysphagia and other swallowing problems. It is more common in premature babies and those with neurological abnormalities, although it can occur in any child. Parents typically bring their children to pediatricians when they observe choking, regurgitation, coughing and other symptoms related to feeding. …Read More

‘The right thing for patients’

surgery for transgender patients

On a Monday morning in late January 2018, surgeons and clinical staff entered the operating room with one primary goal: to forever change the life of the young man who lay before them. More than 14 hours later, the team had made history, performing the first phalloplasty — surgical creation of a penis — for a transgender patient at a major U.S. pediatric hospital. …Read More

Recurrent UTIs in boys

urinary tract infection in boys
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: PATRICK BIBBINS/BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Painful, frequent and urgent urination — they’re the telltale signs of a urinary tract infection, or UTI, something most pediatricians see on a regular basis. The approach to care is usually simple: urinalysis, a course of antibiotics, plenty of fluids and a discussion about proper hygiene. Most of the time, the infection clears up with no further issues. …Read More

When rectal prolapse requires a referral

colorectal

Rectal prolapse: It’s a visually alarming problem that can send worried parents straight to their child’s pediatrician, if not the emergency department. Despite its often-graphic appearance, rectal prolapse is usually benign and easily treated. Indeed, the majority of young children who experience rectal prolapse can be treated without surgery and won’t have a recurrence. …Read More