Interesting Child Health Links 1/21/18

The Following are Dr. Smo’s weekly links to interesting articles about children. 



Safe sleep report card for U.S babies.  The Center for Disease Control is giving U.S. parents poor grades.   

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/safesleep/index.html

Read about how fathers in Finland spend more time with their children than do their mothers! 

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/finland-is-the-only-country-where-children-spend-more-time-with-their-fathers/

Should tackle football be banned as a sport for young children? Is it too violent and dangerous? Read what one former pro player thinks. 

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/18/health/nfl-no-tackle-football-kids/index.html

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10 New Year Family Goals (Pedcast)

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I read a lot of articles about child health and one that caught my eye recently came from a weekly newsletter that is created by the staff of fellow North Carolina pediatricians, the Salisbury Pediatric Associates. The article that I am going to discuss today was written by pediatrician Dr. Christopher Magryta. In it he posted ten goals for parents and children for the New Year. I thought his goals were so useful, practical, and full of wisdom that I wanted to share them with you.  I think each of Dr. Magryta’s goals will help you kick off the New Year in a great direction, for both you and your family. So here goes, straight from Dr. Magryta in his own words.  I hope you find it as inspiring as I did. Don’t miss today’s post, 10 New Year Family Goals Continue reading

Grandma Knew, Wash Behind Those Little Ears (Pedcast)

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21st century pediatricians are getting used to being consulted about child health problems in new and unique ways- via email, by way of video calls, and yes, with texts.  So it was the other day when I got a few texts, with photos, about my 9-month-old great nephew’s outer ear and scalp. These texts were sent by my niece, the baby’s mother. Her son had developed some redness behind his ear that looked angry to his mom. Interestingly, the previous week, both his six-year-old brother and mother came down with culture proven strep throat.  Very interesting, now little Elliott has a skin infection behind his ear. Could they be related, my niece asked? Continue reading

Distraction Free Thinking Vital for Kids (Pedcast)

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I’ve got a very interesting subject to talk to you about today that I discovered while listening to a podcast! Yes, not only do I make podcasts but I am an avid listener of them as well. In this particular podcast, I heard Dr. Cal Newport, a computer scientist, interviewed about the negative effects  of interruptions on learning, memory, and creativity. I thought that what he was saying had so much relevance for your children that I couldn’t wait to introduce my listeners to his research and ideas. Please take a few minutes to listen to this post that I call Distraction Free Thinking Vital for Kids. The message is so vital for all parents to hear that I don’t want you to miss it. Continue reading

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