4 Parenting Tasks Vital for Your Child’s Academic Success ( Archived Pedcast)



Welcome. Doc Smo here, your pedcast host. I had an amazingly gratifying experience recently that I want to share with you, especially if your child is struggling in school. In today’s pedcast, we are going to talk about some simple parenting task that is bound to help your children. Curious about what those tasks could be?  Then stay tuned to learn more in today’s installment of Portable Practical Pediatrics.  Continue reading

Interesting Child Health Links 9/2/18

The Following are Dr. Smo’s links to interesting articles about children and child health for the week of 9/2/18

Article # 1: Learn about what scientists say about the effect of video games on your children’s academic achievement in this nice post from parentingscience.com.



Article #2: Have you heard of delaying umbilical cord cutting during birth to avoid iron deficiency anemia when they get older. Explore this important subject in this post by yours truly, Doc Smo.

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With Medical Rx in Kids, “Less is Often More” (Pedcast)



Hello and welcome, I am your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician with 37 years of practice. The other day, I was having a conversation with a mother about fever seizures. Her child had had one of these seizures and she found it extremely frightening. That’s understandable. Anyone who has seen a child have a generalized convulsion can understand this mom’s dread. During a seizure, it looks like the child is dying right in front of you.  I was explaining to this mom that fever seizures are almost always benign, are almost never harmful to the child, require no treatment, and are not even considered epilepsy. That led us into a discussion of a whole host of illnesses and symptoms that just 40 years ago were felt to “require” treatment but that was then and today is now! Today many symptoms and conditions don’t require treatment and are recognized as temporary states that will resolve with time.  In today’s pedcast, I thought it might be fun to go over some of the conditions and symptoms that pediatricians no longer recommend treatment for. Oh, what a difference a few decades can make. Stay tuned for about 10 minutes and I will show you just how much change there has been. Continue reading

Interesting Child Health Links 8/20/18

The Following are Dr. Smo’s links to interesting articles about children and child health for the week of 8/20/18

Article #1: I think this study in PC Magazine is asking the wrong question. The proper question should be, “Do kids need a smartphone at all and if so, at what age”? Average of smartphone acquisition in U.S…. 12 years of age! What do you think?


Article #2: Divorce in America is common and I think a lot of parents are going to find this article very interesting. Do you have other things you think divorced parents need to do to help their children adjust? More on children and divorce at:



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