What are colds? Illnesses limited to chest and nose congestion (or coughing and sneezing in older children and adults) – the most common of all pediatric infections – are commonly called “colds”. These infections are caused by viruses. Many of them will have lots of snot...

Looking for ways to send off the cough and fight the tight chest of exercise asthma? The cough and chest tightness from narrowed and swollen lung airways in exercise asthma can make sports and free play more difficult. But don't let these symptoms keep you off...

This article on sick athletes ran in the Winter, 2018 edition of Ladera Ranch Magazine. Is it OK for sick athletes to exercise? What symptoms should keep someone off the playing field? When trying to decide if sick athletes are too ill to play, I tend to ask the...

WHAT IS FEVER? Fever is a defined as a significantly elevated body temperature. Unfortunately, because different people have differing “normal” body temperatures (and everyone’s body temperature varies through the day) there is no universally agreed upon definition of fever. For now let’s say a child has a fever...

Congratulations to Dr. Gladstien on his back-to-back Best Pediatrician Award! ActiveKidMD is proud to announce that Dr. Gladstien has been honored with a Best Pediatrician Award again by St. Joseph Healthcare! For both 2016 and 2017, he was celebrated for: Ranking 1st in Clinical Excellence and Patient Satisfaction...

Every ill athlete or performer wants to know one thing: "Can I exercise when sick today?" As a pediatric and sports medicine specialist, I want to know a few things to make that decision: Is the athlete currently too ill to exercise? Do we have a good...

Heat illness in athletes is 100% preventable. Read about essential pre-event planning, fluid access, schedule modifications and emergency action plans. Hot summer months combined with intense summer training camps present the greatest risk of heat illness, especially in the first week of practices.  Indoor athletes and performers aren't...

The pain of swimmer's ear can not just ruin good times in the water but also put a damper on regular life activities. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="500"] Photo courtesy: http://images.onset.freedom.com/ocvarsity/gallery/ndrbkf-wedpolo.jpg[/caption]   Known in medical circles as Otitis Externa, swimmer's ear results from infection and swelling of the outside of the ear. Swimmer's...

Told you have asthma but still struggling to breath with exercise? Have throat tightness if running or singing? Start thinking about Vocal Cord Dysfunction! Typical Vocal Cord Dysfunction scenarios: https://youtu.be/kCAUoc-3QZQ What actually happens with Vocal Cord Dysfunction: Key signs of Vocal Cord Dysfunction and how it differs from Asthma: What else could...

“A step-wise concussion return-to-learn progression optimally takes a team approach including the student, family, medical and education teams. Flexibility and creativity in paying attention to individual student needs and concerns can make this process more rewarding for all parties.” This article was originally posted in the CHOC...