Concussions in Infants and Young Children


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Lloyd Takao, MD, is a family physician in Orinda, California. He provides a hands-on approach to his patients, taking advice calls seven days a week and administering his own shots and procedures. As part of his practice, Lloyd Takao, MD, is well versed in caring for infants and young children.

A concussion is a closed head injury typically caused by a strong blow to the head, a fall, or hard shaking. When a child experiences a concussion, symptoms can vary from vision problems to loss of consciousness. Many of the effects are temporary and go away with time, but sometimes they can be more severe.

When a head injury happens–and for a few week afterwards–signs to watch for include slurred or confused speech, lethargic behavior, vision problems, balance issues, vomiting, and pupils that are unequally dilated. For infants who aren’t talking or walking yet, check the soft spots on the skull for bumps. Trouble feeding and very high-pitched cries are also indicators of a concussion.

If any of these symptoms are present or if you are worried about the seriousness of the head injury in any way, call your pediatrician as soon as possible. Should the child lose consciousness, go directly to the emergency room. If the loss of consciousness is accompanied by convulsions and/or irregular breathing, call 911 and do not move the child unless he or she is in danger of further injury.


Learning Disorders and Their Effects

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Learning Disabilities

Lloyd Takao, MD, has practiced as a pediatrician in the Orinda, California, area for 30 years. In addition to helping patients who are feeling sick or have minor injuries, Dr. Lloyd Takao consults with children and their families who are dealing with a variety of struggles, including learning disabilities.

Parents whose child experiences ongoing problems with schoolwork may become concerned that their child might have a learning disability. For instance, they might notice that the child seems to have difficulty telling different letters and numbers apart, or that he or she has trouble focusing on instructions or remembering information. If parents suspect a learning disorder is contributing to their child’s performance in school, it’s important that they seek help for the child, as learning disabilities can have a number of negative long-term effects. Dr Lloyd Takao can help differentiate when this happens.

Of course, one of the most obvious effects of a learning disability is poor grades and not keeping up with peers in certain respects. However, learning disorders can cause psychological problems as well. For instance, children who have a disability might begin to think that they are stupid because they have difficulty mastering certain skills in school. However, many children with learning disabilities are actually very smart; they simply might have different brain wiring that affects the way they learn and their academic achievement. To understand how they learn best becomes very important. They might be constantly told that they are not trying hard enough, a factor that can hurt self-esteem and make them less interested in trying in school. Fortunately, an evaluation and specialized treatment plan can go a long way in helping these children and ensuring their long-term well-being and success.

UCSF’s Medical Curriculum

As associate clinical professor of pediatrics, Lloyd Takao, MD, teaches in the Foundations of Medical Care Program through the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). With the help of such experienced faculty members as Dr. Lloyd Takao, UCSF provides a four-year curriculum that prepares up-and-coming physicians for the sorts of clinical challenges they’ll face over the course of their careers.

The first year of medical instruction at UCSF includes three core courses that focus on patient care, organ systems, and metabolism and nutrition. During the second year, patient care remains a key part of the curriculum, which also expands to include important matters ranging from immunity to malignancies.

During their third year at UCSF, medical students gain hands-on clinical and clerkship experience. Moreover, during the summer, they undergo advanced clinical studies, which carry on into their fourth and final year.

For more information about the UCSF medical program and its faculty, prospective students can visit the university’s website at


Strep Throat in Children

A practicing family doctor with decades of experience, Dr. Lloyd Takao treats patients in Orinda, California. In addition to providing routine care during checkups, Lloyd Takao, MD, sees patients when they complain of symptoms such as a sore throat.

There are many reasons why a person might get a sore throat. While some causes of sore throats are relatively minor, other causes, such as strep throat, might require medical treatment. Named after group A Streptococcus, strep throat is a common condition, particularly among children. It is contagious and is typically spread by such means as coughing, sneezing, and sharing a drink with someone who has the infection.

When a person becomes infected with group A Streptococcus bacteria, he or she generally experiences a severe sore throat, fever, and body aches, among other symptoms. Red spots might appear in the person’s mouth, and the tonsils might appear swollen. If strep throat is suspected, a doctor can perform a throat culture on the patient to test for the presence of the strep bacteria. In our office, we perform two simultaneous tests with one cotton swab. One test immediately tells us in 5 minutes if we have a positive result for Strep and the other is a confirmatory 24 hour culture result we read the next day. If the sore throat is, in fact, caused by strep, the physician usually prescribes a course of antibiotics to decrease the duration of the infection.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Children

A fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lloyd Takao, MD, maintains licensure to practice in the state of California. Dr. Lloyd Takao sees patients at his self-titled practice in Orinda, where he specializes in treating children with asthma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Commonly referred to as ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects millions of children. The chronic condition makes it difficult for a child to focus for extended periods and often results in impulsive behaviors. It is common for children diagnosed with ADHD to experience low self-esteem and poor performance in academia.

Parents of children with ADHD may notice their children struggle to pay attention and properly follow directions. In some cases, they accidentally misinterpret these behaviors as children not listening. In addition, a child with ADHD tends to fidget more than normal, talk excessively, and exhibit impatience when waiting. Other symptoms of ADHD include forgetfulness and frequent daydreaming.


San Francisco 49ers Hire Jim Tomsula as New Head Coach

Holding an MD from the Medical College of Ohio ( currently known as the University of Toledo College of Medicine) Dr. Lloyd Takao treats pediatric patients from his private practice in Orinda, California. When not providing quality health care, Lloyd Takao, MD, likes to watch NFL games, and he cheers for the San Francisco 49ers.

After a disappointing 2014 season in which the team finished 8-8, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh announced that he would leave his post to pursue other opportunities. The 49ers have since hired as their new head coach Jim Tomsula, who previously served as the team’s defensive line coordinator. Over his tenure in the position, Tomsula played a key role in San Francisco ranking in the NFL’s top five for fewest yards and scoring allowed since 2007. He has also helped several athletes, such as defensive tackle Justin Smith, to achieve Pro Bowl status and other accolades. Super Bowl 50 will take place at the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, and Tomsula aims to lead a championship run.