Pediatric Health Library

Pediatric Diseases and Conditions: P

  • Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Insertion for Children

    A child with an arrhythmia may need a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). These devices require a simple surgery to implant. They can increase a slow heartbeat or correct a possibly life threatening fast or chaotic beat.

  • Pain Control After Your Child's Surgery

    If your child has moderate to severe pain, he or she may receive narcotics during and after surgery. If your child is in the ICU after surgery, he or she may receive sedatives along with pain medicines.

  • Pain Management and Children

    When a child has cancer or another pain-causing disease, one of his or her greatest fears is pain. Every effort should be made to ease the pain during the treatment process.

  • Palliative Care

    Supportive, or palliative, care is care aimed at comfort of the child versus cure and treatment.

  • Pap Test for Adolescents

    A Pap test, along with a pelvic examination, is an important part of a female's routine health care because it may detect abnormalities that can lead to invasive cancer.

  • Parasitic Skin Infections

    Detailed information on parasitic skin infections, including scabies and lice

  • Parenting in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    In most cases, you can be with your baby in the NICU at any time. The staff of the NICU will give you instructions on special hand-washing techniques before entering the area.

  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)

    Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is a heart defect found in the days or weeks after birth. The ductus arteriosus is a normal part of fetal blood circulation. All babies are born with this opening between the aorta and the pulmonary artery. But it usually closes on its own shortly after birth. If it stays open, it is called patent ductus arteriosus.

  • Peanut Allergy Diet for Children

    Ethnic foods, commercially prepared baked goods, and candy can be cross-contaminated with peanuts, because peanuts are frequently used in these types of foods.

  • Pedestrian Safety

    Children are at higher risk for pedestrian injury and death because they often don't understand traffic rules or the danger that vehicles pose. In addition, parents and caregivers often overestimate a child's traffic skills.

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