Grandma Was Right, Children Don’t Need Snacks (Pedcast)



Doc Smo here, your pedcast host. Thanks for joining me today. News flash, life expectancy in the US has fallen for the past three years straight. I am sure there are many reasons for this but I am afraid that this fact may not just be a temporary aberration, but a glimpse of things to come in the future? Could it be that your children’s life will be shorter and sicker than the one you are living?  Could the obesity epidemic among American children be teeing up this generation for a world of hurt in the future? I fear so and if you stay with me for a few minutes and I will explain why this is and, more importantly, what you can do today, to protect your children. Continue reading

The DocSmo Team Says “Thanks” for a Great 2018

2018 marked the completion of the DocSmo team’s eight year of podcasting/blogging. In 2010, my family and I decided to try working together to provide a forum for parents to get high quality information about their children’s health and well-being, presented in a easily accessible and entertaining way. Pedcasts and Portable Practical Pediatrics were born. The DocSmo team thought you might like to see what has happened from those early efforts by sharing our 2018 viewer statistics with you.


Number of total visits to in 2018=399,794

Average time spent/ visitor in 2018= 4.7 minutes

Average number of visits/visitor in 2018= 3.49 times

Number of pages opened on in 2018=2,776,884 (up 47% compared to 2017)

Total number of downloads since 2010=120,996


The team wants to say thank you for your support in 2018.  We are already hard at work on new posts for 2019 and anticipate another great year. Please help us grow by sharing episodes with family and friends, liking our Facebook, ApplePodcasts, or Google Podcasts pages, and of course, sending in your comments and insights for other parents to consider. As always, our goal is to make you one of the best informed parents in the room!





Grandma Right–Can Cold Weather Cause Pneumonia? (Archived Pedcast)



Topic Introduction

Now here’s a question that comes up often in the office, “Can exposure to cold air cause my children to be sick and come down with coughs, colds and even pneumonia?”  When a child gets really sick with pneumonia, parents want to know why that happened, and I can’t really blame them. I do too.  They often ask, “Is there a relationship between pneumonia and being out in the cold, getting really chilled, having wet feet, or not wearing adequate clothing like Grandma said?” You would think that in the 21st century, we would have answered this basic question, but unfortunately, we have not. The answer seems to be elusive. Well, today, it’s time for Doc Smo to weigh on the subject, not with a new study or data, but with my observations and experience -so- crank up that digital media, open up your cerebral cortex, and enjoy this installment of Portable Practical Pediatrics.

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Doc Smo’s Holiday Message 2018 (Pedcast)



I was asking myself the other day, while I was wondering whether or not to open the fifth suspicious email of the day, what effect will all the deception and trickery in today’s digital world have on children growing up today? Will they be able to grow up psychologically healthy with so many evil people around trying to take advantage of them? Will risks posed by the digital world damage their ability to trust others? I concluded that the answer to that question is “no”, if they have a strong trusting relationship with their families when they are growing up.   A foundation of trust so to speak. So for my 2018 holiday message, I thought it might be helpful to present some ideas that I hope you can use to strengthen the trust and bond between you and your children. Continue reading

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