Each morning this week I was greeted by these smiling faces on the pediatric ward. Many kids are scared of doctors and so they cry and scream when I get close to them, but thankfully, not this week.
The most common reasons for admission are diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition. Skin, muscle and bone infections are also quite common. This week, I had a kid with an infection in his brain that our surgeons drained and he is now moving the left side of his body. Another boy had a bad tooth infection that spread to his face. Thankfully, Sheena, our dentist, was able to remove the tooth and the swelling and infection went down in just a few days. It is a blessing to be able to help the kids get better and send them home to their families.