Today’s Nearsighted Generation of Children (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. Continue reading

Asthma Update 2016 (Pedcast)



Ever wonder what asthma is and why so many children have it?  Understanding and treatment of this chronic condition in children has really come a long way in the past few decades and I thought I would bring you some of the latest information I have recently learned about the common condition called asthma.  I hope after listening to today’s discussion, you will be able to recognize the common symptoms of asthma and have some understanding of what is going on in an asthmatic child’s lungs so stay tuned to this important edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics!

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Symptoms Talk, So Let’s Listen (Archived Pedcast)


I have a useful and important pedcast for you today. After you practice pediatrics for 33 years, you learn a lot of things and one of the things I have learned is that a child’s physical symptoms have a message. I believe that a child’s symptoms are his or her body’s way of telling the child something. I know that may sound strange but after you listen to today’s pedcast, hopefully you will understand what I mean and why this concept is so important to your child’s health today and for their long term well being. Continue reading

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book (Book review Pedcast)


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Welcome to another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I’m your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician with 34 years of practice and a lot to say. Thanks for joining me today. I recently came across a gem of a book that I thought you might be interested in sharing with your children. Remember those Little Golden Books we read when we were early readers. Yeah, you remember, the ones with the gold binding, hard cardboard colorful covers, and cartoon illustrated stories inside. Recall also that the books often had moral lessons embedded within the stories. Well in 2013, Diane Muldrow, a long time editor of the Little Golden Books, put together snippets from many of the Golden Books that contained wisdom that she thought children and adults could benefit from today. Continue reading

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