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)

 

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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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The Biology of a Viral Illness (Pedcast)

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Today I am going to take you back to biology class to learn about the type of infections that unfortunately your children are going to get a lot of…viral infections. We are going to review a little basic science so you can understand what is happening in your child’s body when they get sick with a “virus”.  Don’t you hate when you take your child to the pediatrician and they use the V word, virus! The reality is however, that most infections, especially in vaccinated children, are viral infections.  To doctors, we like viral infections. Viral infection to pediatricians usually means a relatively mild, self limited illness that needs no specific medicine other than symptomatic measures.  You know, grandma stuff.  Many parents however hate this diagnosis…they want a medicine to make things better now.  Let’s take a little closer look at how viral infections unfold and how your child’s body deals with them, shall we? Continue reading

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