Why is Johnny Biting? (Pedcast)



So the other day I was in the office, doing a checkup on a 2.5 year old-Indian boy (that’s the kind of indian from india). The family had just gotten back from a visit to India for a few months. This is not uncommon for the Indian families I care for. It was a usual checkup questions with a discussion about sleep, feeding, and, as I always do with toddlers and preschoolers, getting a sense of who is in control at home. Are parents comfortable with setting limits. Mom started telling me about her child that had started hitting and biting her, not sleeping well, demanding a lot of attention at night, and potty training not going well. She knew that biting wasn’t an unusual behavior for children under two years of age but he was over two and had never done that before. She as very distressed by all this. Continue reading

DocSmo’s “Crunch Out” Campaign Continues (archivedPedcast)

Today, we will be talking about one of my personal pet peeves, how seemingly innocent snacking poses some serious consequences for your children’s health. Diabetes, heart disease, pancreatic issues, obesity, and tooth decay are only a few of the problems that arise from babies and young children eating little puffs, pastries, and crackers and drinking sugary drinks throughout the day. In America, children are treated to little snacks almost round the clock, from sugary cereals at preschool to after-sports snacks of cupcakes and cookies. Oftentimes, mothers carry these little snacks around in their purse to calm their child while they are out running errands because it seems so very convenient. However, when weighed against obesity, heart disease, tooth decay, and pancreatic troubles, not to mention a potential risk for addiction to carbohydrates, the snacking eating pattern is incredibly destructive. Continue reading

Manners, Southern Style (Pedcast)



One of the nice things about having your own blog is that you get to talk about whatever interests you at the moment and this week I started thinking about the differences between children raised in the South.

I grew up partly in the South, partly in the North, and have lived my entire adult life in the South.  I have seen Southerners  and I have learned a few things from these observations.  Southerners tend to be polite and respectful but are reluctant to reveal their feelings, sometimes to a fault. That’s probably why Ret Butler’s line to Scarlet O’Hara was so shocking to southerners, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”. This was not a Southern way of communicating. Continue reading

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