Interesting Child Health Articles 2/18/18

The Following are Dr. Smo’s links to interesting articles about children and child health for the week of 2/18/19 


I love articles that contain practical information and that reinforce current thinking. This article discusses why some children develop allergies and others don’t and offers an explanation other than “allergies are inherited”. We can’t control the genes that we give our children but we can alter the environment that they grow up in and thereby minimize their chance of developing allergies and asthma. This article is a must read.  


Mumps outbreaks have been happening for many years despite adequate immunization with mumps vaccine (MMR). The CDC now recommends that children get a “Third” MMR during outbreaks of mumps.

Flu can be a severe infection, especially among children, elderly, and those with neuromuscular and other chronic conditions. Let’s hope we get better tools to combat influenza in the future. Severe cases are discussed in both these articles.

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Are You Measuring Your Children’s Medicines Accurately? (Archived Pedcast)



Today’s pedcast will be shorter than normal but of course, no less important or practical. Recently, I found an article that revealed some wisdom about how parents can improve the accuracy in their measuring of liquid medications that they give to their children. Getting the dose just right is an essential skill of parenting and one you must master. So stay tuned.  You don’t want to miss this important installment of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading

Interesting Child Health Links 2/5/2018

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

The dieticians and nutrition experts at Cincinnati Children’s hospital have some nice suggestions for healthy breakfasts to serve your children. See what they are suggesting and try incorporating their suggestions into your children’s morning routines.*

Pediatricians are beginning to fight back against the relentless anti-vaccination community of activists. The Pediablog and the AAP are helping push back with this recent post.*

Here is a nice article from the pediatricians at Lone Tree pediatrics giving advise to parents of very young infants. Nicely said. *

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Need High Chair for Your Little Ones? (Pedcast)


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Doc Smo here. Thanks for joining me today for a lively discussion about children, food, and mealtime. Let’s face it, parents with young children are expected to buy a lot of equipment. Here is just a short list: strollers, cribs, pack and plays, stair gates, changing tables, and maybe, just maybe, a high chair? This is just the tip of the iceberg of equipment that is marketed to young families. I’ve done a previous pedcast about rolling baby walkers in which I came down hard on these devices. I think you can save the $40 you would spend on a walker and instead, put it his or her college fund. But what about high chairs?  You know those sit on the floor, free standing chairs with trays, and straps, and a wide base?  Generally, pediatricians get involved with high chairs for two reasons;  when a toddler or older child falls out of their high chair or when a child has poor food intake because of a feeding problem.  Continue reading

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