About Mark Diamond

Dr. Mark Diamond is a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Website: http://studioonenetworks.com

Articles by Mark

Should We Follow Sleepaway Camp Advice on Meningitis Shots?

Should We Follow Sleepaway Camp Advice on Meningitis Shots?

Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the brain that could lead to serious complications, including permanent brain damage and even death. Each year, there are about 2,600 cases of this very contagious disease in the U.S., mostly in adolescents and infants. Camps usually suggest the vaccine because closed environments – like college dormitories or camp cabins – mean there’s a risk of... 

Can My 12-Year Old Catch Chickenpox While Baby-sitting?

Can My 12-Year Old Catch Chickenpox While Baby-sitting?

Chickenpox is a viral infection that we primarily recognize as a disease with a very uncomfortable, itchy rash. It can sometimes lead to serious side effects, including pneumonia and bacterial infections. Fortunately, a vaccine was developed in the 1970s for the prevention of chickenpox and has been routinely used in the United States since 1995. It will prevent the disease in 85 to 90 percent of exposed... 

Should I Worry that My Tween’s Height Dropped Below Average?

Should I Worry that My Tween’s Height Dropped Below Average?

By their third or fourth birthday, most children achieve a consistency in their growth status compared to other children. A child who is taller than the others tends to remain that way. Before puberty, the average child grows 2 to 3 inches and gains 3 to 5 pounds a year. If your child is maintaining that growth rate but his peers are suddenly accelerating in growth, the most probable explanation is... 

How Do I Prepare My Child for Surgery?

How Do I Prepare My Child for Surgery?

The best approach to prepare children for surgery is to be honest and reasonably direct in describing what will happen. Maintain a constant upbeat, optimistic tone during these discussions. Younger children have many different levels of maturity and understanding, both intellectually and emotionally. The amount of detail you include in your explanation should take that into account. Emphasize that... 

My Middleschooler has Frequent Headaches – Should I Worry?

My Middleschooler has Frequent Headaches – Should I Worry?

Preteens and teens often suffer from frequent headaches. There are many potential causes of headaches, and it is often difficult to determine why they occur. Here’s what to do and when to worry: 1. Take your child to the pediatrician. A physical exam can eliminate somewhat obvious issues, such as hypertension or visual problems. 2. Have your child keep a “headache diary.” It may help to document... 

Are Asthma Symptoms from a Bronchial Infection Permanent?

Are Asthma Symptoms from a Bronchial Infection Permanent?

It’s important to understand that asthma is a chronic condition that may last for an extended period of time. It is not something that happens only once and never again. Asthma occurs when there is a spasm of the muscles surrounding the bronchial tubes and airways, causing the space available for air movement to shrink. The symptoms of asthma may be coughing and difficulty breathing. Many things...