Making Sense of Your Child’s Next Respiratory Infection (Archived Pedcast)

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Young children seem to get a lot of sickness, way more than adults do. Most of this sickness is caused by common respiratory viruses and need no specific treatment. These illnesses usually clear up on their own, but sometimes there’s trouble. Today’s episode helps parents understand the patterns of respiratory illness their children get. Knowing when the pattern deviates from normal can give parents and their pediatrician clues to more serious health problems. It’s all in those patterns, if you know what to look for.  This is important information for parents to know, especially in the winter months so I thought it was important enough to do a repost of a pedcast I did in 2010 while it is still cold outside.  No Smo Notes for this post so put on your buds and pay close attention– I’m about to make you one of the best informed parents in the room with this installment of Portable Practical Pediatrics.

Are Eczema/Allergies Preventable in Children?

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Life threatening diseases like meningitis, sepsis, and dehydration are mostly a thing of the past for babies and children in 21st century America. Thank goodness! But instead of these acute illnesses that have been so prevalent in the past, now children are battling chronic illnesses like asthma, food allergy, and the topic of today’s talk, eczema. If you search the Portable Practical Pediatrics archives, you will see that we have talked about eczema on many, many occasions– but today I thought I would bring you some new information that recent research has uncovered. If this research is correct, it looks like eczema may be, in  a large number of children, preventable. So stay with me to find out more about how you might be able to prevent the debilitating skin disease known as eczema in your children.

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Here’s Why Parents Should Care What Media their Children Watch? (Pedcast)

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    Doc Smo here. Thanks for joining me today. OK, I am going to get a little personal with this installment of Portable Practical Pediatrics, I am going to tell you a real life story that happened to yours truly, when I was in high school, 10th grade to be specific that involved media exposure.  This story speaks directly to the question I posed in the title of this pedcast: should parents care about what media their children watch during childhood?  An important question for today’s parents to ponder so hang with me for this important edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics Continue reading

Can You Prevent Your Children From Needing Eye Glasses? (Archived Pedcast)

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As if there aren’t enough reasons to turn off the screens and get your kids outside, here is another big one. We now have proof, from a big study done in China, a study that spanned over a few years, that being outside and being away from close-up work like reading and looking at screens significantly reduces a child’s chances of developing nearsightedness, a condition also called myopia.I guess the Chinese are particularly interested in myopia since they have such high incidence of myopia. Among urban older Chinese, the rate of nearsightedness is currently 90%.  I guess that is why they invented glasses– a very strong need. So it is fitting that the Chinese were the ones who proved that spending at least 40 minutes outside on a daily basis, greatly reduces a child’s chance of becoming myopic.

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