What Really Happens When Your Child Has a Virus? (Archived 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

Startling Health News About Babies and Preschoolers Every Parent Needs to Know (Pedcast)

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Long time listeners know that I think good sleep and nutrition are incredibly important issues for a child’s well being. In today’s pedcast, I am going to bring you some really exciting new research that I think you must factor into your parenting if you are going to get these issues right with your little ones. Don’t you dare stop listening because I am about to continue making you one of the best-informed parent in the room. Continue reading

How to Make Your Children Guaranteed Powerball Winners (Updated Pedcast)

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Doc Smo here. Welcome. Americans have “Powerball Fever” yet again with the recent payout being worth 1.6 billion dollars (that’s b as in billion). Given this event, I thought it would be worth revisiting a post I did originally in 2016 about how to make your children and everyone’s children for that matter, lottery winners. Yes, I am going to discuss an alternative way that those lottery dollars you may be tempted to spend on lottery tickets can be diverted to make your children winners in the lottery that really matters, the lottery of life.  So sit back, open up your imaginations and listen to my advice to Powerball players all over the country. Continue reading

6 Things Kids Can Do To Avoid Sports Injuries (Updated Pedcast)

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Sports are great, but your child can have too much of a good thing. Your child can learn a lot of valuable skills and life lessons on the court or field, but at some point, the physical and mental rigor of sports can be too much, leading to mental and physical fatigue and injury. In this episode of DocSmo.com, Dr Smolen reviews the AAP guidelines for limiting competitive sports and gives you some common sense guidelines of his own. Continue reading