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
Awards and Honors
- The Best Teaching Resident award, from Columbus Children’s Hospital
- 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 is not 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 (those nutrients are all pooped out).
⧉ Food intolerances or protein allergies, such as an allergy to a milk-based or protein-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
of Dr. Eberhard
Itook a friend’s child to Dr. Eberhard. We only waited 5 minutes or less to be pulled back into a waiting room. The staff were all very professional and kind. Dr. Eberhard took his time with us and answered all my questions. His diagnosis was accurate. I have recently moved to the Layton area. I’m happy to have found Dr. Eberhard. I am choosing him to care for my three children in the future. — Vitals.com, Sept. 7, 2012
We love Dr. Eberhard. He is kind and talks with the kids. He has always taken the time with each child and we have never felt rushed. He explains things to the parents very well. — Vitals.com, July 10, 2012
We are having our first kid … We would be happy with any of (Tanner Clinic’s) doctors but we felt like Dr. Eberhard’s nurse was very nice and introduced herself and asked a little about us. When Dr. Eberhard came in, he just wanted to know a little about us first before telling us about him and his way of doing thing. That is why we have decided to go with Eberhard. — Vitals.com, July 30, 2012
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 Brigham City, 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 Best Teaching Resident Award.
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’
is like the croup on steroids
is like the croup on steroids
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 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 glucose corticosteroid, 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
★ Medical 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 breath: 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 paroxysm, 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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