Your Children Spending Enough Time Outdoors? (Pedcast)



Recently, I was walking back from the tennis courts on a crisp winter day when I had a flashback to my youth. Suddenly, in that moment, I recalled the wonderful sensation of my childhood, being outdoors, free of immediate demands and responsibilities. I was just enjoying the air, the green, and the sky all around me. I could feel my mental state improve and my body and mind relax. You see, during my childhood, the only entertainment we had after school was to go outside and find things to do.  My memory of childhood was outdoors, walking, experiencing whatever the weather was serving that day along with whomever I could find to play with. My walk from the courts reminded me of the joyous feeling that my experiences of youth had created.  On that walk home, I began to wonder, what the children growing up today will remember as their happy place? Where will that place be that brings out the relaxation reflex in your children, twenty years from now? An interesting question and one that every parent should ponder because you have a lot to do with the kind of childhood your children have.  So stay tuned, for the next edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics where we will ponder the question of where your children will recall the joy in their childhood?   Continue reading

Interesting Child Health Articles 2/18/18

The Following are Dr. Smo’s links to interesting articles about children and child health for the week of 2/18/19 


I love articles that contain practical information and that reinforce current thinking. This article discusses why some children develop allergies and others don’t and offers an explanation other than “allergies are inherited”. We can’t control the genes that we give our children but we can alter the environment that they grow up in and thereby minimize their chance of developing allergies and asthma. This article is a must read.  


Mumps outbreaks have been happening for many years despite adequate immunization with mumps vaccine (MMR). The CDC now recommends that children get a “Third” MMR during outbreaks of mumps.

Flu can be a severe infection, especially among children, elderly, and those with neuromuscular and other chronic conditions. Let’s hope we get better tools to combat influenza in the future. Severe cases are discussed in both these articles.


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Are You Measuring Your Children’s Medicines Accurately? (Archived Pedcast)



Today’s pedcast will be shorter than normal but of course, no less important or practical. Recently, I found an article that revealed some wisdom about how parents can improve the accuracy in their measuring of liquid medications that they give to their children. Getting the dose just right is an essential skill of parenting and one you must master. So stay tuned.  You don’t want to miss this important installment of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading

Interesting Child Health Links 2/5/2018

The Following are Dr. Smo’s links to interesting articles about children. 

The dieticians and nutrition experts at Cincinnati Children’s hospital have some nice suggestions for healthy breakfasts to serve your children. See what they are suggesting and try incorporating their suggestions into your children’s morning routines.*

Pediatricians are beginning to fight back against the relentless anti-vaccination community of activists. The Pediablog and the AAP are helping push back with this recent post.*

Here is a nice article from the pediatricians at Lone Tree pediatrics giving advise to parents of very young infants. Nicely said. *

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