About Mark Diamond

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

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Articles by Mark

Should We Follow Sleepaway Camp Advice on Meningitis Shots?

Should We Follow Sleepaway Camp Advice on Meningitis Shots?

Last updated on August 30th, 2015 at 03:03 pmBacterial 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... 

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

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

Last updated on April 27th, 2012 at 11:04 amChickenpox 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... 

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

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

Last updated on March 3rd, 2018 at 11:13 amBy 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... 

How Do I Prepare My Child for Surgery?

How Do I Prepare My Child for Surgery?

Last updated on March 3rd, 2018 at 11:16 amThe 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... 

My Middleschooler has Frequent Headaches – Should I Worry?

My Middleschooler has Frequent Headaches – Should I Worry?

Last updated on March 12th, 2018 at 10:05 amPreteens 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... 

Are Asthma Symptoms from a Bronchial Infection Permanent?

Are Asthma Symptoms from a Bronchial Infection Permanent?

Last updated on August 29th, 2015 at 09:38 pmIt’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...