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Dr. Benjamin Kalm

Pediatrics
Salt Lake City, UT
19 years experience male

Locations

University of Utah, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Inpatient Medicine at Primary Children's Hospital

Salt Lake City, UT

Address

100 N Mario Capecchi Drive, Salt Lake City, UT
Directions

Fax

(801) 662-3664

About

Bio

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, Department of Pediatrics, in the Inpatient Medicine Division. I practice as a pediatric hospitalist at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. My time is equally divided between clinical care of hospitalized children and education of residents and medical students. My particular interests lie in the use of Electronic Health Records and other technology to improve patient care. I also serve on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee at my hospital. In the community I play the French Horn in a local orchestra and I act as the Personnel Manager for that orchestra.

Specialties
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Pediatrics

Doctor Q&A

82 Answers
8 Agrees
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Normal Menses: Yes and yes. Most women will eventually settle into a regular period but not every women will. Most periods last 3-6 days.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Avoid decongestants: Pseudoephedrine (sudafed) can cause irritability and high blood pressure in children but doesn't seem to actually help with congestion until puberty. ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Brief - No problem: For an adult a systolic pressure of 140 is elevated but will not cause heart attack or stroke in the short term. If systolic pressure is persistently ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Banana Consumption: I'm guessing that no one can give you an absolute answer to this question. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium. People with normal kidneys... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
B12 and Thallasemia: Thalassemia is a genetic condition causing small blood cells and potential anemia. A lack of vitamin B12 causes large blood cells and anemia. Thalasse... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Anorexia: Absolutely not! this could cause severe electrolyte abnormalities and eventual cardiac arrest if continued for prolonged periods of time (this is what... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Facial lesions: Bumps on the face could be multiple things. Acne will turn red eventually. Eczema (associated with dry skin) can result in bumps that may or may not i... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
BUN/Cr Ratio: The most common cause of a high blood urea nitrogen (BUN) to creatinine ratio is dehydration. A ratio over 20 indicates low intravascular volume. The ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Ovarian Cysts: A persistent ovarian cyst can interfere with the normal process of ovulation and make conception more difficult but it is not necessarily impossible. ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Carbamide Peroxide: Debrox is an otc that can dissolve ear wax. It won't help otitis media as it only goes to the outer ear. In fact, if it gets in the middle ear it will... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Avoid Cold medicines: Cough in young children is extremely frustrating for parents. Unfortunately cough medications used in adults don't work in children. Decongestants in ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
2 weeks: Pregnancy testing is almost infallible by 2 weeks after conception has occurred. High sensitivity blood tests can detect a pregnancy as little as 1 we... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Avoid Cold medicines: Cough in young children is extremely frustrating for parents. Unfortunately cough medications used in adults don't work in children. Decongestants in ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Vomit Home Remedy: Most of the time vomiting won't last very long but it can still be very uncomfortable. Chamomile or Peppermint tea are often in people's houses and ca... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Humidifiers: There is no minimum distance from an ultrasonic humidifier using cool mist. Warm mist humidifiers should be avoided when young children are around bec... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
4-8 hours: Generally steroids begin to show an effect after ~4 hours and are working well by 8 hours. If your child received Epinephrine to help him breathe, it ... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Dog bites on hands: Bleeding on the fingers can be difficult to control because we move our fingers all the time causing wounds to reopen. It can easily take 2-4 hours of... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Not likely to be PE: If you have a CT of your chest that was normal, a significant PE is extremely unlikely. A small PE could be missed on CT but would not cause continued... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Ocular STDs: Yes it is possible although it may be a coincidence. Males can be easily infected with either Chlamydia or gonorrhea without having symptoms but then ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Active/Inactive Nit: If the nit that you found is > 1/2 inch (1 cm) from the scalp, you don't need to treat as the nit is dead. If the nit is closer to the scalp, it ma... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
HPV: Most of the time hpv infection does not cause any significant issues. Hpv may cause genital warts (or skin warts) but may not cause any symptoms at al... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Puberty decides: Every teenager is different but they all go through the same basic stages of puberty. These stages are often referred to as tanner stages (also referr... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Ear infections: People generally refer to middle ear infections as "ear infections." outer ear infections are also fairly common. When an infection is present infecte... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Nasal Flu Vaccine: You are slightly contagious after receiving the nasal flu vaccine. The nasal vaccine contains weakened "live" virus (as opposed to the shot that conta... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Herpes and babies: Herpes viruses can cause issues in utero. There are many herpes viruses including: hsv, cmv, vzv, ebv, and hhv6. CMV causes the best described issues ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Pregnancy Tests: Pregnancy tests are designed to look for the presence of beta-hcg which is a hormone produced by a conceptus and acts to maintain a pregnancy. The lev... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Tamiflu (oseltamivir) Side-effects: Tamiflu (oseltamivir) can cause significant issues with vomiting and gastrointestinal upset. Valacyclovir and amoxicillin can cause GI upset but are l... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Rabies: The rabies virus is only spread when the saliva of the infected animal comes in contact with the blood stream (generally from a bite). There are gener... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Bleeding: Vitamin k is a cofactor in humans' ability to clot. When we don't have enough we have the potential to have severe bleeding. That is why brand new bab... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Dengue Virus: As a viral infection dengue fever has no specific treatment. Patients should be monitored for bleeding and low blood pressure and given treatments to ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
RBC Indices: When a blood count (CBC) is done the lab describes the red cells (rbcs). The RDW describes the variation in cell size as a percentage. Normal is ~12-1... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Healthy Weight: The range of normal healthy weight would be based off of a bmi between ~18 and 25. This gives a range of 101-141 pounds (46-64 kg) for a 63 inch (1.6 ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Infant Nutrition: If your baby is consistently losing weight you should see your doctor. At 9 months her diet should still be mostly breast milk and/or infant formula (... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Autoantibodies: No. There are 4 types of antibodies. The type responsible for Celiac disease is an IgA whereas the ANA is an IgG. Of note, normal people can have... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Bone remodeling: In general no treatment is given for having bowlegs (internal tibial torsion). When children have it they almost always remodel their bones as they st... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Trisomy 18 risk: A result of 1:1300 indicates that in 1300 pregnancies with the exact same test results, only one of them will result in a child with trisomy 18. This... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Puberty decides: Every teenager is different but they all go through the same basic stages of puberty. These stages are often referred to as tanner stages (also referr... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
All vegetables: You can give your child any type of vegetable you would like! the aap recommends exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months old but after that any food ca... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Lactogogues: By far the best way to increase your breast milk supply is to have your baby nurse more. That said, some women still can use supplements/medications k... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Get Vaccinated: The flu vaccine is very effective against the strains that are included in the shot and helps with some strains that aren't included. This year the s... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Gender Selection: No. The only way to guarantee a baby's gender is to do in vitro fertilization and then test the gender of each embryo prior to implantation. You can t... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Calorie intake: There is no definite answer for this question. Every person has a basal energy expenditure (just being alive) and energy used in activities. Children ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Not enough info: Cycle length refers to the number of days between the first day of one period and the first day of the next period. Most women have a cycle length of ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Infant allergy meds: Infants do sometimes require allergy medications but over the counter medications do not provide a dose recommendation. Doses are based on weight and ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Post Virginity: The main changes are pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. These of course do not necessarily occur but they are potential changes. Some wome... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Identify Gender: A transvaginal ultrasound can certainly detect the gender of a baby but will not identify it any faster than a transabdominal ultrasound. During early... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Should be safe: A 3 year old should be able to tolerate emergen-c without any issues. If you are concerned about a product, you can always call your local poison cont... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Limit TV: The aap recommends no screen time for children until 2 years old. Even after 2 years old screen time (including computers) should generally be limited... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Normal Phenomenon: Your situation is why the expression "i laughed so hard i peed my pants" exist. When you laugh you increase the pressure in your abdomen. This pressur... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kalm
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Bleeding ears: If dried wax is scraped off the side of the ear canal some skin may taken with it resulting in minor bleeding. It won't cause any long term harm. How... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kalm is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kalm is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This saved my life. Thank You! thank you so much i was afraid that i will die with heart attack or stroke and now that i know that i will not ill try to be calm
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Thank you, your quick reply made me feel good! No.. The doc just asked if my throat was hurting.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Much appreciated!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The Ohio State University College of Medicine, OH
Graduated 2003MD

Residency

University of New Mexico
Completed 2006

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
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