Halfway through summer

dr. Tan shares her must-read articles in the July 2021 issue of Contemporary Pediatrics.

I hope everyone will have a chance to enjoy the season and participate in more “normal” activities.

This month’s issue features several “must-read” articles on key issues that are more common in practice:

The cover of this issue focuses on gastrointestinal (GI) conditions commonly encountered by pediatricians. This comprehensive article provides practical guidelines for malnutrition therapies, the latest screening for GI care, and red flag symptoms in children presenting with vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation and failure to gain weight. The Behavioral Health report was authored by editorial board member Michael Jellinek, MD, who presents a helpful article for pediatricians to help parents deal with issues associated with the rollercoaster years of adolescence. Many of these issues have become significantly more frequent and acute during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Respiratory Diseases section highlights the impact climate change has had on allergies and asthma; both conditions appear to be increasing. The Infectious Diseases report discusses safe forms of recreation for children this summer, especially as children under 12 are not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The article in the Dermatology section focuses on phytophotodermatitis, or “lime disease,” just in time for summer. This condition usually occurs after outdoor activities on a sunny day where there has been contact with certain plants (eg citrus fruits, carrots, celery, wild dill and wild parsley). This article provides information on diagnosing and treating options.

Thank you for providing excellent care to your patients during these challenging times. Enjoy the summer and make time to take care of yourself. As John Barrymore said, “Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”

Please stay safe and sound. And as always, I welcome your suggestions, comments, and questions.



Tina Q. Tan

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