Feeding Children Honey After They Swallow A Small Battery Can Prevent Serious Injury, Study Suggests.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (6/11/2018) reports “a team of pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialists from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nationwide Children’s Hospital has discovered that giving a child honey to eat after he or she has swallowed a small battery can prevent serious injury and possibly even death.” Study authors explained, “Our recommendation would be for parents and caregivers to give honey at regular intervals before a child is able to reach a hospital, while clinicians in a hospital can use sucralfate before removing the battery.” The findings, which “will be incorporated into the National Capital Poison Center’s guidelines for management of button battery ingestions,” were published in The Laryngoscope.

IMPORTANT! Dr Voakes is Now at Fairview Community Health Center

Starting 2013, Dr Voakes has started working at the Fairview Community Health Center at 615 Seventh Ave, just a block away from the old office. The first time you come to Fairview, you will have to register as a Fairview Center patient, which takes a half hour, so come early and bring all your insurance info. Your child's medical records can be brought to Fairview if you will request them before your visit (just call Fairview to request that the records be transferred).

Fairview Community Health Center is an independent non-profit clinic.  We are not associated with the Barren River Health Department. We have 3 board-certified pediatricians, and 3 nurse practitioners who practice pediatrics.

You can pre-register at Fairview on the phone at any time (M-F, 8-5).
 Call 783-3573, ext 1560, which is the call center. Allow 15-30 minutes, as this will take some time. Please be patient, as there are many patients doing this at the same time. You may have to leave a message, and the call center will call you back. 

If your child is sick or needs to be seen urgently, you can call straight to the triage nurse, at 783-3573, ext 1018. She will be able to tell you what to do right away, and can get you an appointment to see Dr Voakes the same day. But please note, that you will have to register first before you can call the triage nurse. (This is just if you have not already registered previously.)

For routine appointments, call 783-3573, ext 1560 and ask for an appointment for Dr Voakes. For refills on ADHD medications, call 783-3573, ext 1022 or 1024, and leave your child's name, date-of-birth, medication, dose, and which pharmacy. For other refills, written prescriptions are not needed, so you can just ask the pharmacist to request a refill electronically.

For after-hours, call the same number, 783-3573, and leave a message. If you don't get a return call at any time you call the Center, just call again. Sometimes the system gets overloaded and we lose your message. All after-hours calls must go through the Fairview Center, as I will not be taking call on my cell phone any more.

Your Family History Matters! Know it. Log it. Share it.

Many health problems are hereditary, so it's important to know what health problems your relatives have had. Many families are starting to keep a medical log, with all the medical problems listed, including the medical terms, so that this information will be more useful to your doctors. Make copies to bring to your doctor.


New Web Site for Parents

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) has just launched a web site with information for parents about all stages of childhood. The information is generally very good, though a bit soft on nutrition, since it is "old school" on sugar (see Health-byte on fructose). The AAP web site is


Mended Little Hearts

Support Group for Children with Heart Surgery

A new chapter of MLH has just opened in Bowling Green, headed up by Lara Barnhouse.

        In 1951 the non-profit support group, Mended Hearts, formed. Since their formation they have been providing hope and support to heart patients and their families. In 2004 they wanted to do something for the “littlest heart patient of all”, so they formed Mended Little Hearts. There are now approximately 50 Mended Little Hearts chapters nation wide and we are continuously growing.

       Mended Little Hearts gives hope and support to children, families, and caregivers impacted by congenital heart defects in order to improve and extend quality of life. We hope to raise awareness and educate about CHD and the great need for research. We also want to be there for other people who are finding out that their child or relative has a heart problem and let them know they aren't alone as they go through this journey.

         If you or anyone you know has been affected or touched by someone with a congenital heart defect and you would like to learn more about our group please contact Lara Barnhouse – Group Coordinator at (270)392-4839 or email or Venica Pollard – Co-Coordinator at (270)303-0377 or email


HPV Vaccine Approved for Boys

New recommendations for HPV vaccine (summer 2010) now include the use for boys. This has the benefit of possibly preventing cervical cancer in a future spouse, and also prevents venereal warts which can be painful. The vaccine also greatly reduces the chance of getting cancer of the penis. Both boys and girls can get the vaccine anytime after age 9, but we usually start around the 6th grade check-up.


Center for Courageous Kids

Camp for Children with Chronic Diseases

We are very fortunate to have the Center for Courageous Kids in the neighboring town of Scottsville. They can accommodate 128 children each week for 5-day sessions, all year long. They accept children with many different conditions, including asthma, cancer, sickle cell, arthritis, cystic fibrosis, seizures, Crohn's disease, autism, heart disease, and many others. The best news: It's FREE!  Second best news: the whole family gets to go for free, too!

More info on their web page:


Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait!

New studies show that babies born before 37 weeks gestation are at risk for much more than low birth weight. They also have more risk of SIDS, behavior problems, learning disabilities, and much higher chance of neonatal death! Learn more at:


Food Allergies Present a Special Danger

Certain food allergies, such as peanuts and tree nuts, are far more likely to result in a fatal allergic reaction than other allergies. Special precautions should be taken whenever these children eat away from home, and they should always carry injectable epinephrine with them.


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