Baby Powders Dangerous? (Updated Pedcast)

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Welcome to another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I’m your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician with a lot of experience and a whole lot to say. From the basinet to the board room, if it involves kids, we talk about it here. Imagine this Norman Rockwell scene– a baby’s room, a changing table, and powder going everywhere with a giggling baby kicking and enjoying being liberally sprinkled. The baby has a nice dry bottom and is enjoying the nice aroma of the powder not to mention the wonderful feel of powder on their skin. Mom and baby are very happy.  Your great grandma loved baby powders because they were super absorbent, prevented rashes, and felt great on the baby. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to powders that you should know about! There are things all parents need to know about using baby powder, which is what we are going to discuss today. Before you start sprinkling powder around your baby and yourself, take a listen to this pedcast and learn why the use of baby powders are controversial and potentially harmful to you and your baby! Continue reading

Your Children Got Fish? (Pedcast)

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Welcome to Portable Practical Pediatrics. One of the things that distinguishes the poor state of the average American child is their lack of consumption of fish. Americans just don’t seem to eat much fish and when they do, they often prepare it in an unhealthy fashion. Recently, the EPA has put out some guidelines for pregnant  women and parents of young children to help bring fish safely into the diets of children. In today’s pedcast, I thought we might take a few minutes to go over why all parents should make an attempt to get healthy fish into their children’s diet and go over these new guidelines put out by the EPA. So, sit back, pop open a can of sardines, crank up the volume on that mp3 player, and listen to this important edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading

Important Child Health Links: May 22, 2017

 Check out these six links to articles I know you will find interesting and informative: 

 

1. 5 Things Parents of Successful Kids do Differently

https://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/want-confident-resilient-and-hard-working-kids-science-says-do-these-things.html

 

2. Facebook and Twitter ‘harm young people’s mental health’

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/19/popular-social-media-sites-harm-young-peoples-mental-health

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Babies Benefit from Birth in Hospitals (Pedcast)

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Welcome to another edition of DocSmo.com…the pediatric blog that brings you portable, practical pediatric information. From diapers to the diploma, if its kid related, we take it on. I’m your host and founder of DocSmo.com…. Dr. Paul Smolen. Parents often ask me why their baby needs to be born in a hospital and why they need to stay for a while after birth? Continue reading