Focus of Practice
- General pediatrics, premature infants, asthma, scout and sports physicals
Training and Education
- B.S. in chemistry, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
- M.D., George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington D.C.
- Residency, Columbus Children’s Hospital, now known as Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
- Board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics
- Practicing physician since 2004
- With Tanner Clinic since 2004
- Resident Teaching Award in pediatrics from the School of Medicine at Ohio State University
- Pediatric Section Chief at Davis Hospital and Medical Center for two years ending in 2008
- Married with six children
- Long-time volunteer scout leader with Boy Scouts of America
- Enjoys canyoneering, mountain biking, kayaking, piano and reading
- Fluent in Korean
Many reasons your infant may not be gaining enough weight
Unlike beauty queens and your neighbor’s opinions — which don’t need more weight – infants do.
In fact, says pediatrician Brent Eberhard of Tanner Clinic, “the weight is every- thing.”
When weight standards are not being reached, especially in the first year, he said, overall growth can be impeded. “Eventually, it can affect the development of the brain,” he said.
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.”
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“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
Professional profile of Dr. Eberhard
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.
ON PITCH — Instead of a stethoscope, Dr. Brent Eberhard once toted a French horn as a member of the L.A. Goon band, Lagoon amusement park’s whacky, roving band described by a local newspaper as “a cross between a marching band and the Marx Brothers.” Good thing he’s now a pediatrician.
Interview with a Tanner Clinic physician
For children, alarming ‘stridor’
can be result of severe croup
can be result of severe croup
By Tanner Clinic staff
any 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 Eber- hard, a pediatri- cian 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.
★ A member of the L.A. Goon clown band at Lagoon park
★ Pooper scooper at a large horse ranch where Farmington Station now stands
★ Physical therapy tech at a nursing home
To make an appointment with Dr. Eberhard, call (801) 773-4840, or go here for an online appointment
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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