Self Control + Focus=Success (Pedcast)


I think you can guess at the topic for today’s pedcast– the title tells it all. We are going to break down this formula that I believe is at the core of why some children succeed and others do not. So crank up the mp3 player and listen to a discussion of a conversation that I think you will find relevant for your family.

Ever wonder if childhood is different today than it was when you were growing up? I think most people would answer that question with a big yes.  It just feels like the “kid ” experience of growing up is different than it was when we were young.  And no wonder, here are a few changes that have occurred to family life just during our lives. Continue reading

Zika Fever Has Arrived (Pedcast)



Let me tell you, Zika fever has definitely arrived in Charlotte as I suspect it has in most of the US, No, not the disease, but a fever pitch of concern among couples of reproductive age. Mosquito born and potentially devastating for unborn babies, Zika could be a serious threat to our unborn.  There is an uneasiness that you can feel among the 20 and 30 somethings. Like a first trimester pregnant young mom who recently asked me about what precautions she should be taking with regards to mosquitos, or the worried parents who are asking about whether they should go on international travel trips and risk a Zika infection, or a family with a child who has severe neurologic problems who asked me was she responsible for her child’s problems by taking a vacation to the Caribbean when she was 18 weeks pregnant.  In other words, there is fever pitch of concern about Zika, so in today’s podcast, I thought it is time for you to learn what we know to date about this emerging disease. Continue reading

Worldly Baby Food, w/ Dr. Charlotte Rouchouze (Pedcast)


I am thrilled to have a guest that is new to but certainly not new to blogging- Dr. Charlotte Rouchouze, founder of the popular blog She is an expert in the history and culture that surround children’s foods around the world. Today, she and I are going to explore infant feeding practices in a few of the world’s great cultures. So, fasten your seat belts and get ready for a journey around the baby culinary world. Continue reading

2015 Lessons Learned about Measles (Pedcast)



Today I thought it would be useful and informative to review what we have learned in 2015 about a very old but still important disease, measles. I think that the resurgence of measles in 2015, reminds us about why it is important for us, as a society, to stay the course with respect to requiring and giving vaccines.  I hope after listening to today’s pedcast, you will agree.  As I like to say, “We don’t have to touch the hot stove, to find out that it still hurts” so to speak!  So sit back and crank up your mp3 player for an important edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading

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