Conference to focus on pediatrics

Thursday, May 6, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:38 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

The annual Common Childhood Problems Conference will come to Columbia this month. Led by keynote speaker, T. Berry Brazelton, pediatricians from across the state will discuss recent developments in infant pediatrics.

The conference, which will run May 21 to 22 at the Reynolds Alumni Center, is for practicing medical professionals who care for children to discuss development in the field of pediatrics. In addition to the annual professional conference, Brazelton will host a parents’ forum on May 20 at the Holiday Inn Expo Center.

The conference began 26 years ago to bring referring physicians from around the state, specifically the rural areas, together, said Thomas Selva, the physician organizing the conference.

The forum will begin with a speech by Brazelton, founder of the Brazelton Institute and the Touchpoints Center, and will focus on the 12 stresses facing parents today.

“We know the solutions, but we’re not spreading them,” Brazelton said.

Panel of experts

Brazelton will be joined at the forum by three pediatrics experts.

Joshua Sparrow is an assistant professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a senior consultant for inpatient psychiatry at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and the assistant director of Brazelton’s center. His speech, “Emotional Competence in Infants,” will focus on early attachment between infants and parents.

Maria Trozzi is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. She will discuss helping children cope with stressful events and grief.

Kristie Brandt, a certified nurse-midwife, women’s health-care nurse practitioner and chief of public health at Napa Valley County Health and Human Services Agency, will discuss the Touchpoints model Brazelton established.

Brazelton said the types of questions asked during the Q&A typically depend on the resources and information available to parents across the country. But, he said, questions about sleep and discipline are always there.

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