Rachael Zimlich, RN
Rachael Zimlich is a freelance writer in Cleveland, Ohio. She writes regularly for Contemporary Pediatrics, Managed Healthcare Executive, and Medical Economics.
Vitamin D supplementation in nursing mothers and infants
There are challenges to defining normal or healthy levels of vitamin D. The question, therefore, is whether to recommend vitamin D supplementation for breastfeeding mothers, their breastfed infants, or both.
Herbs are helpful, but use with caution in children
More and more parents are using herbal medications to manage their children’s health conditions, but which ones are safe and how are they used?
Diagnosing and managing otitis media
A common problem in young children, ear infections often are the subject of debate when it comes to management techniques.
Obesity prevention doesn’t have to be expensive
Obesity can be a difficult—and costly—issue to manage, but there is new evidence to help make interventions to fight obesity more effective and less expensive.
How to spot brain and skin spots, and how to manage them
When is a spot not just a spot? Children can sprout a variety of discolorations, and it takes a trained eye to know when to investigate further.
Universal autism screening and early intervention supported by AAP
Despite recommendations from federal overseers that universal autism screening has little benefit, experts in autism remain steadfast in their belief that early screening and intervention improves outcomes.
Talk the talk: Early language exposure impacts brain development
It’s no secret that babies love to look at their parents’ faces and hear their voices, but pediatricians are now being challenged to help parents understand that what they say to their children in the first years of their life can have a lasting effect on their brain development and scholastic achievement.
Tackling the flu and RSV
Every pediatrician has experience with influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), but there are still many cases in which these illnesses are misdiagnosed or mismanaged.
What’s new, what’s changed on the vaccine front
It’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest news about vaccines, particularly when so many parents today are questioning the safety and necessity of vaccinations.
Bright Futures update focuses on health promotion, social determinants
When it comes to setting the tone for wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention, Bright Futures is a valuable resource for both clinicians and families.


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