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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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“Nourish Your Tribe” by Nicole Magryta (Book Review Pedcast)



Recently a fellow pediatrician, blogger, and North Carolinian sent me a book that his nutritionist wife wrote.  I thought, this is a good opportunity to write a book review post. I haven’t done one of these recently and I love to do this kind of post. (This book review will actually be my 26th in the series). The title of the book I will be reviewing is “Nourish Your Tribe” and it was written by Nicole Magryta MBA, RDN, an integrative nutritionist who practices in N.C. . Ms. Magryta has a lot to say in her book that you are going to want to hear about so take a few minutes and listen to my impression of her new book, “Nourish Your Tribe.” I hope I am able to peak your interest into getting yourself a copy. Continue reading

Easy Way to Prevent Dehydration in Most Children (Archived Pedcast)



This pedcast was originally posted in February of 2017. 

Wow, what a difference a few years can make.  You may be aware that nutritionists, diabetologists, endocrinologists, toxicologists and every type of ologist you can think of have been waging war on apple juice, for decades. Back in the 80’s there was concern from the ologists that apple juice caused malnutrition in toddlers, in the 90’s it was concern about the chemical Alar that was used to enhance the growth of apples, and today, according to some, apple juice and other sweetened beverages are at the heart of the obesity epidemic. All this attention and bad news about apple juice! Knowing all this background, it was with great interest that I read a recent article in a well respected pediatric journal touting how apple juice, diluted with water, can be a great mixture to orally rehydrate a dehydrated children who is having vomiting and diarrhea. So today, I thought I would tell you about this new research and talk a little about dehydration in children. Continue reading

Many Crib Deaths are Preventable–Here’s How (Pedcast)



Doc Smo here with another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I don’t know how I let this one slip by me but apparently I missed the fact that experts at the AAP put out new updated Safe Sleep Guidelines in 2016 based on the latest studies. These guidelines provide parents and pediatricians with practical dos and don’ts with regards to preventing the most common cause of death in children under a year of age, SIDS and SUIDS, previously known as Crib Death. In my mind, nothing could be more important when it comes to child health than doing everything we possibly can to prevent an infant death and the devastation that those events impose on their families. I’ve done posts on this topic before and… it looks its time for an update.  So if you are a parent, a grandparent, a daycare worker, a babysitter, a healthcare worker, or anyone who is involved in caring for babies under a year of age, listen carefully while I highlight what is new in the evolving science of “Safe Sleep for Babies”. Continue reading

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