Understanding Childhood Epilepsy


NCHA Names New President to Run Hospital

A recognized leader in pediatric medicine for three decades, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva holds a juris doctor degree in addition to his medical degree. Formerly an associate director with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva currently serves as the senior vice president and chief clinical officer at Nicklaus Children’s Health System in Miami, Florida.

In February 2020, Nicklaus Children’s Health System (NCHS) announced the appointment of Perry Ann Reed as its new chief operating officer. She will also serve as president of the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, where she will be in charge of the facility’s day-to-day operations. Ms. Reed has been working in health care administration for more than two decades. In her most recent position, she served as executive director of North Carolina’s WakeMed Children’s Hospital & Women’s Services.

In his comments on the hire, NCHS president and CEO Matthew A. Love pointed to Perry’s experience as one of the major assets she brings to the table. He also praised her ability to work with key stakeholders on both the staff and administrative levels as an example of the health and growth the hospital will experience under her leadership.

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Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s New President and CEO

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Common Causes of Sleeplessness in Children


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Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva functions as the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva also serves as a professor of pediatrics, critical care, and sleep medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Children can experience sleeplessness or insomnia for several reasons, ranging from unhealthy lifestyles to more complex medical issues. In certain cases, insomnia in children may be caused by something as simple as poor sleep habits that are upheld by parents or guardians. A child who does not exercise regularly and drinks soda or other caffeinated beverages shortly before bedtime will likely experience a myriad of sleep-related health issues. Similarly, children should have a fixed sleep schedule, as opposed to being able to go to bed and wake up at their discretion.

At the other end of the spectrum, a healthy, well-raised child can still experience difficulty sleeping due to underlying medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, also known as sleep disordered breathing (SDB). Children with severe SDB will develop obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition where most or all of the child’s airway becomes blocked, resulting in loud snoring, unrestful sleep, and constant waking up throughout the night.

Typical symptoms of insomnia in children include sudden mood swings, difficulty with memory, and a decreased attention span. If an adult believes a child is struggling with sleeplessness, he or she should discuss the situation with a trusted pediatrician.

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The AAP’s Child Safety Seat Recommendations


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Child Safety Seat

Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva earned a bachelor’s in medicine from the Armed Forces Medical College in India and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Now with more than 30 years of experience in medicine, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves as the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

Child safety seat recommendations have evolved over the years with the improvement of safety technology and insights gained from crash data. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its list of recommendations for parents. Among these recommendations, the organization urges parents to place their infants and toddlers in rear-facing seats until they reach the maximum height and weight, rather than turning them around to front-facing when they reach a certain age.

When children grow enough to switch to front-facing seats, they should be secured by harnesses for as long as possible. Children can still be harnessed in most seats until they reach around 65 pounds. After that, parents should put them in booster seats that allow the normal seat belt to fit properly.

Once children are able to use the seat belt normally, without assistance from a booster, they should remain in the backseat until they are at least 13 years old.

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AAP Warns of Golf Cart Dangers


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Golf Cart Dangers

A graduate of the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva also holds numerous postgraduate degrees, including an MBA from the University of Houston, a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas, and a juris doctor from Marquette University. Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva now serves as the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

According to research from the AAP, there has been a rise in injuries among children using golf carts. The researchers examined data from Pennsylvania in their findings, which showed 108 kids under 18 over a 10-year period who suffered golf cart-related injuries.

Of those patients, one died, and 36 percent were required to be admitted to the ICU because of their injuries. Additionally, 76 percent of those injured suffered at least one bone break, with skull fractures the most common.

Although golf carts move slower than cars, they are still dangerous. The AAP now recommends that children under 16 not drive golf carts at all, while those 16 to 18 should drive carts no faster than 10 miles per hour.

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Study Researches Relationship Between Fruit Juice and Weight Gain


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Fruit Juice

Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva brings more than three decades of experience as a physician and public health executive to his current role as associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. In his time with the AAP, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has been responsible for the creation of a number of new divisions within the organization.

A recent report published in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ journal Pediatrics examined the relationship between 100 percent fruit juice consumption and weight gain in children. Researchers compared data collected from more than 34,000 children across eight different studies in order to determine if 100 percent fruit juice consumption led to weight gain in the age 1-18 population.

Researchers found that children six years of age and younger did gain a small amount of weight when they consumed a single serving of 100 percent juice daily, but the weight gain was negligible. Older children age 7-18 experienced no significant weight gain when consuming a single serving each day.

In light of this research, AAP continues to recommend that children six years of age and under only consume 4-5 ounces of 100 percent fruit juice per day. For the population age 7-18, the limit increases to 8-12 ounces each day.

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#VoteKids Campaign Advocates Children’s Needs for 2016 Election

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#VoteKids Campaign

A practicing pediatrician in pediatric critical care and sleep medicine, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva possesses over two decades of medical experience and providing instruction to medical students and trainees. Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva also serves as the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which engages in advocacy efforts for children’s health such as the #VoteKids Get Out the Vote campaign.

The campaign encourages voters to prioritize children’s needs during the 2016 election and become a voice for the promotion of children’s welfare issues. It addresses the stakes at hand for the upcoming election period and focuses on urging elected leaders to invest in programs and policies that offer solutions for issues such as poverty, gun violence, and food scarcity. In the days leading up to the election, the campaign will also continue to highlight key issues that impact children and families and emphasize the need for awareness.

Voters who wish to advocate for children’s needs and health issues can join the campaign by participating in social media activities that include updating their social media picture and sharing the message using the hashtag #VoteKids. Furthermore, the #VoteKids Social Media Toolkit provides a list of facts and statistics for use on Facebook and Twitter. A #VoteKids banner is available on the AAP’s website.

For more details on the #VoteKids Get Out the Vote campaign, visit