Are Your Kids Fit for Life? (Pedcast)


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So here is something that you and your children should think about.  Unless your child develops a major illness, each and every morning that your child gets up out of bed, they are a little stronger, a little faster, and they are a little smarter than they were the day before.  During the previous day, their little bodies had a chance to grow new cells in all of their organs.  Compared to the day before, their hearts got a little bigger as did their lungs, their kidneys, and their brains. And of course, you are not paying attention if you don’t notice the tremendous increase in their cognitive abilities– they get smarter everyday. There is this steady march of growth and increase function all during childhood that halts sometime between 20 and 30 years of age. Today, we are going to explore this phenomena in a little more detail and talk about why this aging/growth curve has tremendous relevance for your children.  So sit back, crank up the mp3 player or computer and listen to today’s pedcast that I call “Making Kids Fit for Life”. Continue reading

Pumping, Storing, and Handling Breast Milk (Pedcast)

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I was going through my archives of pedcasts the other day and I came across a gem–an interview pedcast with one of my excellent pediatric nurse practitioners, Anne Gessner. Anne is not only a great nurse practitioner but also a certified lactation expert with a lot of experience.  She and I talked about various issues surrounding breast milk and I would like to summarize the excellent information that she gave my listeners and I. If you are looking for practical advice about production, storage, and use of breast milk, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

Today’s Nearsighted Generation of Children (Pedcast)

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As if there aren’t enough reasons to turn off the screens and get your kids outside, here is another big one. We now have proof, from a big study done in China, a study that spanned over a few years, that being outside and being away from close-up work like reading and looking at screens significantly reduces a child’s chances of developing nearsightedness, a condition also called myopia.I guess the Chinese are particularly interested in myopia since they have such high incidence of myopia. Among urban older Chinese, the rate of nearsightedness is currently 90%.  I guess that is why they invented glasses– a very strong need. So it is fitting that the Chinese were the ones who proved that spending at least 40 minutes outside on a daily basis, greatly reduces a child’s chance of becoming myopic. Continue reading

Asthma Update 2016 (Pedcast)

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Ever wonder what asthma is and why so many children have it?  Understanding and treatment of this chronic condition in children has really come a long way in the past few decades and I thought I would bring you some of the latest information I have recently learned about the common condition called asthma.  I hope after listening to today’s discussion, you will be able to recognize the common symptoms of asthma and have some understanding of what is going on in an asthmatic child’s lungs so stay tuned to this important edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics!

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