Brent K. Eberhard, M.D.


Dr. Brent K. Eberhard is a board-certified pediatrician in Tanner Clinic Layton. He offers general pediatric care, but has special interest in childhood asthma and premature infants.

Dr. Eberhard, a native of Farmington, Utah, joined Tanner Clinic in 2004.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Weber State University, Dr. Eberhard traveled to Washington, D.C., where he earned his MD at the George Washington University School of Medicine, one of the nation’s oldest medical schools. It’s also the most-applied-to medical school, admitting only 2 percent of applicants.

Dr. Eberhard completed his residency in pediatrics at the Columbus (Ohio) Children’s Hospital, now known as Nationwide Children’s Hospital, one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric hospitals and research institutes in the United States. During his residency, he received the Resident Teaching Award in pediatrics from the School of Medicine at Ohio State University.

Dr. Eberhard chose pediatrics because, he said, “I consider infants a miracle, and I’ve always considered their ability to learn and develop to be fascinating and miraculous.”

Dr. Eberhard, who has four sons among his six children, is active in his local scouting program in Kaysville. He also spends as much time as possible in the outdoors, and counts among his hobbies canyoneering, mountain biking and kayaking. As a piano and French horn player himself, his home is a musical one.

What patients are saying about Dr. Eberhard

“Dr. Eberhard and staff are the absolute BEST in the area. They are friendly and remember the faces of their patience. They are kind and gentle and really listen to the patient complaints (and parents!) They made all my kids feel safe and cared about. When we had to go to specialists, they followed up on the visits. They called quickly with any test results and spent time explaining if needed. We are so sad we had to move and leave the practice. You CANNOT GO WRONG becoming a patient with them!”   —  Jamie on Google+, Feb. 2, 2015

“Love Dr. Eberhard. I was lucky to get him as my little one’s pediatrician!”   —  Sheila on Facebook, Sept. 10, 2014

“We love Dr. Eberhard! My kids adore him and trust him. He is an amazing doctor! He truly cares about his patients and their families!”   — Brooke on Facebook, Dec. 30, 2013

“He found the cancer in my grandson when nobody else could find anything. He helped save my grandson’s life! We love Dr. Eberhard!”   —  Sherrie on Facebook, Dec. 24, 2013

For Children, Alarming 'Stridor' Can Be Result of Severe Croup

Many parents have watched helplessly as their young children struggle with that frustrating cough-maker — croup.

Croup, which is common among youngsters ages 1 to 6, produces a distinctive barking cough that will keep you up at night, ears open, waiting for silence.

When croup becomes severe — when each breath is labored and the youngster’s chest heaves — the child may have what’s known as stridor.

Dr. Brent Eberhard, a pediatrician with Tanner Clinic Layton, says stridor requires an immediate visit to your pediatrician.

Stridor, he explains, is reached at the point when “your airway is narrowed down enough from inflammation that the air becomes turbulent as you breathe in, and you have a hard time getting air in.”

And, it’s not just now and then, like a cough — the struggle happens with every breath.

Stridor a dangerous form of croup

Croup is an infection of the larynx, said Dr. Eberhard. Because it’s caused by a virus, antibiotics won’t help, and usually the body fights it off in 5 to 7 days.

But if it reaches the stridor stage, the larynx has become so swollen around the vocal chords that there’s simply no room for air to pass through.

“If you’re having noisy breathing or having a hard time breathing, you need to see a doctor,” he said. A pediatrician will likely prescribe an anti-inflammatory or glucocorticoid steroid, which also decreases the inflammation of the airway. “That keeps them out of the emergency room,” said Dr. Eberhard.

To calm croup, Dr. Eberhard recommends these methods:

▸ Have the child breathe cold air, perhaps by walking the bundled-up kid outside.

▸ Provide steam treatment by creating a steamy bathroom.

▸ Avoid milk products.

Milk products, said Dr. Eberhard, “cause more of a thick mucus. It’s also good to avoid sugar anytime you’re sick — sometimes that makes it so you don’t get better quite as fast.”

Differs from whooping cough

Stridor differs from another significant ailment that restricts breathing: whooping cough. Dr. Eberhard explains that whooping cough is a lower-airway infection, and doesn’t cause the upper airway narrowing like croup does.

“Whooping cough will cause severe coughing, a huge drive to cough,” he said, “and these kids will have a coughing spasm, or paroxysmal coughing, so hard they get out of breath; they get so air hungry that they whoop trying to get the air back in.”

 

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Many Reasons Your Infant May Not Be Gaining Enough Weight

weighing-babyWhen weight standards are not being reached, especially in the first year, Dr. Eberhard said, overall growth can be impeded. “Eventually, it can affect the development of the brain.”

Many factors can cause an infant to be underweight. Some of these problems are caused by the mom herself — smoking, for instance, results in infants who are small for their gestational age.

But there may be other reasons a baby is not able to take in enough nutrients, said Dr. Eberhard. These include:

     ▸ A breastfeeding mother’s milk decreases, and she’s not aware of it.

     ▸ A child is unable to suck enough.

     ▸ The formula is too dilute.

     ▸ An absorption problem.

     ▸ Food intolerances or protein allergies, such as an allergy to a milk-based formula.

A visit to your pediatrician will help you find and correct the cause, Dr. Eberhard said. “It’s very important that an infant gets good nutrition for their overall development, especially during that first year of life,” he said. “Those routine checkups to monitor their growth are very important.”

— Tanner Clinic staff

 

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