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Child Health News June 2017 (Pedcast)

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From gestation to graduation, if it involves kids, you’ve tuned into the right place. I’m your host, Doc Smo, a board certified pediatrician with 35 years of experience and a whole lot to say. It’s been a while since I have done a child health news update and there has been some very interesting stuff coming down the pipe recently. My journals have actually had some new studies that I thought you might be interested to hear about. Today, I thought I would bring my listeners some of this interesting new research and throw some ideas at you that might improve both your knowledge and just maybe, your children’s health.   What are the experts thinking about and which child health issues are getting attention in the world of pediatrics?  Stay tuned to find out. You don’t want to miss today’s post, so warm up your mp3 player, turn up the volume of those buds, and get ready for the next edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading

Help For Anxious Kids (Pedcast)

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As I have said before, anxiety has replaced infectious diseases as one of the most frequent disorders pediatricians see regularly. Not all anxious feelings are destructive however. Being anxious about grades motivates kids to do their homework and study for tests. Or, being anxious about their parents being mad, motivates teens not to stay out too late or call home to let their parents know where they are. But sometimes anxiety and worry, tip a child into an unhealthy state where their worry is destructive to their health. Here’s a Doc Smo pearl for you to ponder- Anxiety that doesn’t lead to an action and ultimate resolution is destructive. I see this cycle almost everyday so I thought it might be useful to talk about what measures parents can take to help their children, should they be anxious and need help. Let’s explore anxiety in today’s edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading

Beginning of End for Processed Foods? (Pedcast)

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For those of you who are new to Portable Practical Pediatrics, I am your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician with 35 years of practice and a whole lot to say. From diapers to the diploma, if it involves kids, we discuss it here.

Americans parents have always been interested in providing healthy foods for their children but in the past, that desire has led many parents in some unhealthy directions.  Remember when we tried to remove fat from their diets food for fear of feeding them too much cholesterol (that didn’t lower their  cholesterols, did it?), or when we replaced healthy natural fats in our children’s diets with processed trans fats (now considered very unhealthy), or when we enhanced the natural flavor in food with sugar and salt to make the food more appetizing (wow, was that another colossal mistake).  And of course we can’t forget when we replaced real food with processed, bland, pureed baby foods. All of this backfired as we now know and have made today’s American children some of the poorest nourished kids on the planet. If you read my book, Can Doesn’t Mean Should, you will recall the appalling fact that the most consumed foods by American children are Chicken nuggets, grain based deserts, yeast bread, soda, and pizza.  So it was with great interest that I was reading my copy of the WSJ the other morning and what do I see on the front page but an article about how the American consumer is shifting their eating habits once again. Are we chasing another food fad folly or  this time, are things different?  Stay tuned to find out. Welcome to this trendy edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading

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