Going Public with Your Newborn, How and When! (Pedcast)

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Doc Smo here. Thanks for joining me today. One of the most frequently asked questions that I get in the newborn nursery is, “When can I take my newborn to church, when can I take my baby to the mall, and when can I have my friends over?” Well you will find varying opinions on this subject and the truth is that there is no science behind any of this. I don’t believe that there is a right answer to this question. Different cultures have developed different norms. For instance in traditional Greek society, I am told that babies are isolated from public exposure for the first 60 days of life and in traditional Japanese culture, the isolation period is one year. To my knowledge, the Academy of Pediatrics does not have policy regarding this subject so I thought we would take a little time to explore the subject of when should newborns venture into public places. Continue reading

What’s New with Umbilical Cord Care in Newborns (Pedcast)

This Pedcast explores some new information about umbilical cord care in newborns.  Turns out, grandma may have gotten  this one wrong!

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McConnell, Tammy P. & Connie W. Lee. Trends in Umbilical Cord Care: Scientific Evidence for Practice. Medscape, 23 Mar. 2005. Web. Sep. 2010 <http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/49703_print>.

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Dealing with Diaper Rashes (Pedcast)

Almost all children get diaper rashes, but why? Learn the reasons skin breaks down in the diaper area and what you can do to prevent this from happening in your infants and toddlers.

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Starting Young Children towards a Life of Literacy (Pedcast)

This episode of DocSmo.com stresses the importance of promoting literacy in your children by reading aloud frequently and making sure they have regular visits to the library. Every child should have a library card!

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