Pediatric Grand Rounds 2.8

Reading time: 8 – 13 minutes

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsAt midnight just over a week ago, the seventh and final edition of the children’s wildly popular Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, was officially released.

To commemorate the occasion, each section of this week’s PGR begins with a quotation or some dialogue from the story. A total of 25 blog articles are included in this edition, each one just as magical as the next, and I hope you enjoy reading them all as much as I did. I intentionally kept my comments short so that you can focus on the content of each article.

So, without further delay, I present to you Pediatric Grand Rounds 2.8.

Health and Science

Harry Potter: Yes.
Professor Severus Snape: Yes, sir.
Harry Potter: There’s no need to call me ‘sir’, Professor.

Breath Spa for Kids

Shinga leads this edition of PGR with two articles on the MMR vaccine. As the parent of a 2 year-old, I can appreciate the confusion and anxiety surrounding this controversial topic. Shinga responds to a number of common vaccination rumors in Fitzpatrick and Halvorsen Speak About Vaccines: Whom Do You Trust?. She follows that up by addressing the question Why Can’t We Have Single Jabs While There Is Uncertainty?

Junkfood Science

Always intelligent and articulate, Sandy Szwarc injects a dose of reality to refute the media’s alarming reports on “high” mercury levels that really aren’t high. Booster shots with mercury looks at the latest ‘mercury is hurting kids’ fears.

Angry Toxicologist

Before we leave the subject of vaccines, we visit the Angry Toxicologist who’s responding to a recent comment regarding the lack of an extreme view one way or the other towards vaccination in the Stupidity of Lying.

Tales from the Womb

Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), meaning tissue death of sections of the bowel, is typically seen in premature infants. Neonatologist Phillip V. Gordon reviews a cohort study investigating NEC and its association with formula products. Drawing upon the results of two additional studies evaluating the effects of formula or breast milk on the development of NEC, From the Journal of Perinatology advocates the use of breast milk not only for mothers of term infants with known preconditions for NEC, but for every neonatal intensive care unit patient.

Med Journal Watch

Christian Bachmann writes that parents Better Let Kids Play in the Sun, suggesting that protecting children from the sun may do as much as seven times more harm than good.

Genetics and DNA

Robbie Coltrane on Hagrid: [Hagrid is] a bit lacking in social skills. I don’t think he would ever be asked to join the golf club, but he’s a good sort of fellow who likes dragons and things like that. He’s actually pretty fearless and very fond of wild animals, which most people are afraid of. He’s a giant and generally they aren’t very nice, but he’s got the good genes and takes the children under his wing.

Eye on DNA

Which Came First? The Genes or the Divorce? That’s the question Hsien-Hsien Lei poses after reviewing two studies examining divorce and depression in children and their parents.


Bertalan Mesko had the opportunity recently to see how geneticists work in a pediatric deparment and has some suggestions to combine Web 2.0 and Clinical Genetics: In Practice.

Gene Sherpas: Personalized Medicine and You

Steve Murphy reviews a survey of pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors and the use of genetic testing when evaluating childhood hearing loss in Pediatric Ear Nose and Throat but Not Gene Specialists. The Gene Sherpa asserts that the results demonstrate why genetic counselors and geneticists are needed.

Working with Patients

Hermione: You … this isn’t a criticism, Harry! But you do … sort of … I mean, don’t you think you’ve got a bit of a saving-people thing?

Musings of a Distractible Mind

Seriously amusing … or is it amusingly serious? … Dr. Rob offers some tips that may help future office visits go better in his letter To My Patients.

Tiggers don’t Jump

Judy discusses how difficult it is to teach heel stick draws in Preceptor — Learning to Teach Heel Stick Blood Draws.

Random Acts of Reality

Tom Reynolds, an E.M.T. working for the London Ambulance Service, writes about two calls and Two Children.

Recollection and Emotion

Albus Dumbledore: Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young … and I seem to have forgotten lately.

Chrysalis Angel

Chrysalis Angel, always one to write with inspiration and hope, recalls delivering a baby boy some years ago and wonders at the ability of creatures’ big and small to have offspring as Life’s Circle Goes On.

Unintelligent Design

Clark Bartram, the keeper of PGR, ruminates about doctors showing emotion in Delivering Bad News: When Good Doctors Go Sad. The story continues with some engaging discussion and comments at the end of the post.

Healthy Children

Dr. Steven Parker writes about euphemisms and developmental disabilities in “Developmental Delay” or “Mentally Retarded?” Getting Off the Euphemism Treadmill.

Universal Health

The ever eloquent N=1 recalls Some Enchanted Evening, a pediatric nursing rotation in a unit that housed cystic fibrosis (CF) patients and an evening of sandwiches and excitement.

Unique But Not Alone

In a heartfelt post, Jen acknowledges the daily struggles her daughter Meghan, born prematurely with Alpha-1 (a genetic disorder of the liver), faces and recalls when she was Discharged from NICU.

Neonatal Doc

Neonatal Doc writes about pregnancy and newborn Loss and how there aren’t any good words of comfort at such a time.

Nutrition and Health

Malfoy: Right now I’m feeling hungry. Very, very hungry. I haven’t eaten since yesterday lunch.
Hermione: Oh. I brought a little food. I’ve got Chocolate Frogs, butterbeer, and pickles.
Malfoy: I said I was hungry, not pregnant.

Junkfood Science

Sandy Szwarc reports on The Real Tragedy, how heavy focus and media attention on the childhood obesity epidemic is having a dangerous counter effect on young people.

Dr. Gwenn Is In

While we’re on the subject of childhood obesity, Dr. Gwenn gives us a News Flash – Dancing Veggies Don’t Work! and suggests that replacing the dancing veggies with dancing kids eating veggies may be more effective. I think she might be right.


Oliver’s Story starts with love and concern for a son. Cindy discusses treating Ollie’s physical and developmental issues through diet with some amazing results.

Being a Parent

Harry Potter: I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.

Belvidere, Nebraska Pop. 98

Looking for tips on child care? The mayor of Belvidere, Nebraska presents an amusing manual on Child Care Maintenance that includes many excellent suggestions picked up over the years. A must read!

Family Connection

In a blogging community of central Ohio parents, Marcia describes Mothering, New York Times Style. She’s convinced something is being lost in the fast-paced mechanical pretense of life.

The Diet Dish

Tara Gidus discusses Nursing No No’s; food and non-food related dangers for nursing mothers to avoid.

The Preemie Experiment

Stacy asks if she’s been giving her daughter Too Much Praise?. In a society that’s overdoing more and more, I think it’s something that every parent should examine.


Albus Dumbledore: It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

That concludes Pediatric Grand Rounds 2.8 – I hope the presentation left you spellbound. It’s been a pleasure to host this edition and I’d like to thank everyone that contributed articles. Be sure to take a moment and let your fellow bloggers know this issue of PGR is available so that everyone’s hard work can be appreciated and enjoyed by all.

Clark Bartram is looking for future Pediatric Grand Rounds hosts. You can find both the PGR hosting schedule and past editions at the Pediatric Grand Rounds Archive.

The next issue of Pediatric Grand Rounds is being hosted by Spooner Jenkins of Belvidere, Nebraska Pop. 98 on Sunday, August 12th.

About the Author

Walter Jessen is a senior writer for Highlight HEALTH Media.


  1. Great PGR Walter,
    Thanks for inviting me.

  2. What a terrific PGR! Where’s my wand? Each post is fascinating, and the theme is marvelous. Thanks for including my post, too!

  3. Just an observation on the description of Cindy Kelly’s blog — Oliver wasn’t diagnosed as autistic. It’s a bit of a kick in the face for parents of kids who are autistic to read that someone fixed autism at 18 months simply by diet. I’m glad Oliver is doing so well but one month of gluten free is not going to cure autism by a long shot.

  4. You are quite right Anna. I’ve corrected the description. Thanks for the editing!

  5. Thanks for putting together this wonderful issue.

  6. I second anna v objection to the post on Oliver. The post is a textbook example of just how easy it is for well meaning parents, or really anyone for that matter, to fall prey to fallacies inherent in human thinking and to basing treatment decisions on questionable anecdotes. I hope that parents out there are not subjecting their children to unneccesary elimination diets based on the largely inaccurate medical information in the post. I also second anna v in saying that I am glad that Oliver is now perceived by his mother as having improved, although he is most likely following a normal course of development from what was described in her post.

  7. There are so many great posts here Walter. You did such a great job on putting this together. Neonatal Doc’s post was just a kick in the gut. I think the death of a child is the absolute worst thing to have to see people suffering through. It was so right, there are no words..the only thing you can truly do in those cases is to let them know you care about what they are going through. Just let them know you care…

  8. Lots of interesting links in a wide variety of topics. My mom is always dishing out tidbits of information that she’s heard from medical and psychological studies and debates. I’ll have to pass this post along to her. It’ll give her plenty of new things to read and lecture me about!


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