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Dr. Robert Fink

Pediatrics
Dayton, OH
48 years experience

Locations

Office

Dayton, OH

Address

Dayton Children's Medical Center, 1 Children's Plaza, Dayton, OH
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Specialties
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Pediatrics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

62 Answers
35 Agrees
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
See a CF specialist: Sweat testing is the classical way to diagnose cystic fibrosis (cf). However, we no recognize that there are milder forms of CF that may have normal ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Cold or asthma: Your symptoms are typical of the common cold (viral infection of the respiratory tract) especially if you had a runny nose or low grade fever. If a c... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Ignore: Probiotics may be very helpful for an infant with colic.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
High fat foods: Fats contain twice the calories of proteins or carbohydrates per ounce so high fat foods or supplements are the easiest way to add extra calories to t... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: You have severe hyperthyroidism and need to see a thyroid specialist asap. Your thyroid disease needs to be controlled before any surgery is consider... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Newborn screening: All states now screen newborn infants for cf. However, not all infants identified by newborn screening will have cf, many will only be carriers of th... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Genetic testing: A baby can only have cystic fibrosis (CF) if both parents are carriers of a CF mutation; even then the chances are 1 in 4 with each pregnancy. If bot... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Cough and wheeze: Frequent cough and wheeze are the most typical symptoms in a child with asthma. Tthese symptoms will usually be worse at night and with viral colds. ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Different: Emphysema is the loss of alveolar tissue or air sacs. COPD is disease of the airways often associated with infections. Smokers generally have a mixtu... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: COPD is extremely rare in children. Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency is a known cause of COPD or emphysema. The onset of lung disease is uncommon befo... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Exposure to cats does not cause pneumonia. However, many children develop allergies to cats. Exposure to cats for allergic children can cause skin r... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine does not contain any live bacteria or viruses. The vaccine can not cause pneumonia or infection in the person ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
This can be serious: Boop usually occurs after a severe lung injury and can lead to progressive difficulty breathing. Evaluation and treatment by a pulmonary physician is... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Uncommon: False positive sweat tests to diagnose CF are very uncommon. Genetic testing should never have false positive results. However, newborn screening for... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Get vaccinated: Vaccines protect against many major illnesses and are an important aspect of care for someone with pcd. The annual influenza vaccine is especially im... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
5-7 days: An infant or child with RSV will usually shed the virus or be contagious to others for 5-7 days after the start of the illness. Rsv is mainly spread ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
NO: Over 2, 000 mutations in the cftr gene are known which may cause cystic fibrosis. A child must inherit one mutation from each parent to have cystic f... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Every 90 days: For effective birth control, Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) 150 mg by intramuscular injection (shot) must be given every 90 days.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: The led focusing light on a digital camera is very safe and will not hurt the eyes or skin of an infant.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Common cold, asthma: Children will often cough for 1-3 weeks with common viral infections (colds). Asthma is also a very common cause of a persistent cough in children.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: The small amount of iron released into bath water is completely safe. However, you should clean the rust spots and cover with appliance enamel to pre... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes and No: Cystic fibrosis, cf, is a genetic disorder and is present from birth. However, in mild forms of CF it may not cause many symptoms or be diagnosed unt... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes, if needed: A toddler should not need digestive enzyme supplements unless they have cystic fibrosis or pancreatic disease. People with cystic fibrosis have safel... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Blocked tubes will keep you from getting pregnant but periods are from the shedding of the lining of the uterus. If you ovaries and hormones are func... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes it is normal: Your infant has an umbilical hernia. Most of these close or go away by one year of age and leave a normal looking belly button.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Asthma & bronchitis: Asthma and chrinic bronchitis are the early symptoms of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). If you are a smoker the time to quit is NOW. T... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Breathing Needs: As a child grows they increase their ventilation needs. A trach tube that is too small will limit ventilation and make it harder for the child to bre... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Pure oxygen is toxic: Pure or 100% oxygen is toxic or harmful to airway and lung tissues. Pure oxygen causes oxidative injury to tissues and will burn if inhaled. It will... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Newborn screening: Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis is now standard in all states in the usa. A positive newborn screen for cystic fibrosis is verified by sweat te... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Anything: Most individuals with cystic fibrosis can participate in all physicial activities. Salt supplementation is needed because of excess salt loss in CF s... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Block basements and old cisterns are often associated with mold growth. Exposure to molds has been associated with a variety of respiratory disorders... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Avoid Exposure: Avoid unnecessary exposure to infections; this includes good hand-washing by everyone involved in the baby's care; influenza vaccination for all careg... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
From both parents: CF is an autosomal recessive disorder meaning the infant must inherit a mutated or abnormal copy of the CF gene from both the mother and the father. ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: All 50 states now have newborn screening for cystic fibrosis. Newborn screening should identify over 95% of infants with cystic fibrosis. An abnorma... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Vaporizors are not helpful in treating pneumonia.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: CF is a genetic disorder that is present at birth. Young infants often present with poor weight gain and digestive problems before there is the prese... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Pneumonia does not cause male infertility or inability to father children. Certain viral infections are rarely associated with male infertility. The... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Up to 5 years: The lungs will start to cleanse themselves of tar and nicotine the day you stop smoking. The increased cancer risk from smoking does not go away for ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Breathe faster: Restrictive lung disease makes the lungs stiffer and smaller in volume, the body compensates for this change by breathing faster with smaller breaths.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Autism more severe: Autism is the term used to describe the severely affected person. Autism spectrum disorder describes the milder forms of autism where the affected pe... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Urinary infection: It is not unusual for newly weds to develop a urinary tract infection sometimes referred to as honeymoon cystitis. You both need to see a doctor for ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Infection or Cancer: Coughing up blood is never normal. It can be caused by infections such as TB or pneumonia. It may also be a sign of lung cancer. There are many pos... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No but inspect hair: No need to treat if lice or nits are not present on your child's scalp or in the hair. It may be worthwhile to buy a lice comb, very fine toothed, to... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
NO: Coughing up blood is never normal in a child. A child who coughs up blood needs a complete evaluation by a physician who commonly treats lung diseases... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Reactivation TB: Latent TB can become active if the infected person becomes immune suppressed from any cause such as chemotherapy or malnutrition. Benefits versus ris... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Regular exercise: Regular exercise is the best way to build your muscles. Genetics and body build will also influence your muscle mass. You need to exercise all your ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Symptoms at. Night: Asthma symptoms are more severe at night usually between 10pm and 2am so it makes sense to take a once daily medication for asthma in the evening. If... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Low calorie foods: Oral steroids do increase appetite. Weight gain can be limited by eating low calorie foods such as lots of vegetables and salads but watch the high c... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No quick fix known: There is currently no cure for the common upper respiratory infection, most often caused by a viral infection. Some people believe that taking suppl... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No quick fix known: There is currently no cure for the common upper respiratory infection, most often caused by a viral infection. Some people believe that taking suppl... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Fink is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Fink is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Im just seeing this response now. My son has lots of difficulty breathing but docs think its lungs not his mini trach size- tho I'll ask again.
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I just need a letter that me and my children have respiratory issues
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Thanks for your suggestion. I will take her to her doctor.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, OH
Graduated 1974MD

Awards

Member American Pediatric Society
Thought Leader, First Place, Dayton Region, OH - Summer
2013
Top Pediatrician, Second Place, Ohio - Summer
2013
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