The Most Important Question in Pediatrics Revisited (Pedcast)

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Doc Smo here.  Thanks for joining me for this important edition of Portable, Practical, Pediatrics. The anti-vaccine movement continues to gain strength in the U.S. so it’s time for this pediatrician to speak out, again.   The following pedcast is a rebroadcast of a post I did back in 2015 to give my listeners a glimpse of how vital vaccines are to their children’s good health. In my mind, in order for children to thrive, they need food, water, clean air, the love of their family, and vaccines. Yes, vaccines are that basic to their well being, to be mentioned in the same sentence with food, water, and air.  Let’s explore that concept a little in today’s archived post I call, “The Most Important Question in Pediatrics”. Continue reading

Another Season of Goodbyes (Pedcast)

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Here we go again with the next installment of docsmo.com. I’m your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician with 34 years of practice and a lot to say. From gestation to graduation, if it pertains to children, we talk about it here. Continue reading

Cough-Your Child’s Friend or Foe? (Pedcast)

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I don’t know about you, but in Charlotte, the kiddies have been doing a lot of coughing this winter. Even though it has been unseasonably warm, those viruses have managed to get into the noses and lungs of babies with amazing ease, generating a lot of coughing and sleepless nights. I talk to parents every day in my office, who seem to be frantic to stop their children’s cough. Since when did cough become enemy number one for children? Yes, it’s true, a cough makes your kids uncomfortable and means that they are sick, but, in reality, his or her cough is weapon number one preventing them from contracting pneumonia.  So in today’s pedcast, I want to change your thinking about cough and have you think of this symptom as a vital protective reflex rather than a nuisance symptom keeping your child awake at night and making them miserable. Continue reading

Motors and Kids-A Bad Mix (Archived Pedcast)

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You can imagine in 34  years of practice, I have witnessed a lot of events, many terrifying and tragic for the children involved. I was reminded of one of those events recently when I was reading an article about ATVs or All Terrain Vehicles. Remember, I live in the south where ATVs and dirt bikes are popular in areas where there is a lot of open space. Many of my patients ride these vehicles with their very powerful engines. In my mind, powerful motors and children are a very bad mix. More on that in a few minutes. Continue reading

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