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Dr. Arthur T. Blumer, M.D.

Adolescent Specialist

Dr. Arthur Blumer is an adolescent specialist practicing in Southington, CT. Dr. Blumer works with patients who are in the adolescent age, or generally between the ages of 11 and 19 years old. As an adolescent-specialist, Dr. Blumer treats many common health issues that pre-teens and teenagers face, from mental, to behavioral, to physical conditions. Some of these issues may include growth and hormone problems, sports injuries, eating disorders, substance abuse and more. Adolescent specialists perform medical exams, histories and diagnostic tests, and develop individualized treatment plans for each patient.
Dr. Arthur T. Blumer, M.D.
  • Southington, CT
  • Accepting new patients

Chronic migraines in children. Is it serious?

It’s not an easy answer. Have her headaches been diagnosed as migraines? Are they severe headaches of another cause? She needs a full evaluation by her primary physician and possibly READ MORE
It’s not an easy answer. Have her headaches been diagnosed as migraines? Are they severe headaches of another cause? She needs a full evaluation by her primary physician and possibly a pediatric neurologist.

Are probiotics safe for kids?

Probiotics are safe. It’s controversial as to if they will help. May be most helpful for diarrhea from antibiotics.

Is it safe to give my child a cold shower in case of a high grade fever?

What is needed is a warm shower or bath. The water should be slightly cooler than the child, but not to the point that the child shivers. Shivering makes more heat and will raise READ MORE
What is needed is a warm shower or bath. The water should be slightly cooler than the child, but not to the point that the child shivers. Shivering makes more heat and will raise the child’s temperature. If the child has a high-grade fever, the water may feel quite warm to you, and be cold enough to the child’s body to induce shivering. 

Why is my daughter getting a fever without any infection?

Fever could be for many reasons. I would not get concerned, nor order tests unless temp over 105, or lasts longer then 5-6 days.

Are there any safe topical ointments to get rid of marks in kids?

You can try vitamin E oil. Puncture a capsule and squeeze out the oil

Are preservatives in infant food safe?

Safe is a relative term. Why not make your own baby food and not worry. Make up small batches and freeze in ice cube tray

Should I be worried about my daughter's weight?

I would not worry, but try getting her more calories. Add heavy cream to her milk, ice cream in milkshakes or smoothies

Why does my child get the hiccups so often?

I do not think that we know the cause of hiccups. I tell my patients' parents to just ignore them. Expectant mothers often report that they feel the hiccups when the baby is having READ MORE
I do not think that we know the cause of hiccups. I tell my patients' parents to just ignore them. Expectant mothers often report that they feel the hiccups when the baby is having them in the uterus.

Is the pneumococcal vaccine important?

The vaccine is exceedingly important. It should be given at age 2 mo, 4 mo, 6 mo and 12 mo. It has been available for many years. It started as Prevnar 7 and improved to contain READ MORE
The vaccine is exceedingly important. It should be given at age 2 mo, 4 mo, 6 mo and 12 mo. It has been available for many years. It started as Prevnar 7 and improved to contain 13 strains. If you are referring to the pnuemovax 23, that is recommended for children with risk factors such as heart disease or certain anemias, have had their spleen removed, and put them at greater risk.

My child refuses to drink milk. Will it cause any health issues for him?

Not a problem!! Humans are the only mammals that drink milk after weaning

My daughter has dark circles under her eyes and she is just 3 years old. Why is this happening?

Most common cause is nasal congestion. Often secondary to allergies.

My 20 month old eats very little. Should I try to change his eating habits or what should I do?

I would do absolutely nothing. He’s probably eating more than you think.

Why is my child so hyper?

In a child her age, my first thought is that it’s just her age, and would not do any further evaluation until at least 5 years of age.

My 2 year old daughter has been detected with scabies and medication doesn't look like it's helping yet. What should I do?

The mites should be killed with one properly applied treatment. The itching and rash are a response to the exriment of the mites. It may take several weeks for these symptoms to READ MORE
The mites should be killed with one properly applied treatment. The itching and rash are a response to the exriment of the mites. It may take several weeks for these symptoms to clear.

Can probiotics be given to kids who are around 6 years old?

It’s safe to give, but I’m doubtful that it will help much

Can my child give me chickenpox?

The shingles vaccine is a high strength varicella vaccine and it should protect you from chicken pox. The other question is how old is your daughter, and did she get the chicken READ MORE
The shingles vaccine is a high strength varicella vaccine and it should protect you from chicken pox. The other question is how old is your daughter, and did she get the chicken pox vaccine?

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