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Are Your Kids Too Clean? (Pedcast)

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Welcome to another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I’m your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, also known as Doc Smo. From the bassinet to the board room, if the topic involves children, we talk about it here. I frequently get asked by the parents of my patients, “Why do so many children have food allergy, asthma, and eczema today? Most of these parents don’t remember their friends having nearly the incidence of allergy that today’s children do and that was just a few decades ago. What is going on, they ask? Well, my answer is that we really don’t know, but we are beginning to get closer to an answer. For years, immunologists and allergists have been talking about something called the Hygiene Hypothesis to explain all of this allergy. Recent observations have made this less of a theory and more of an explanation. Experts are beginning to have some understanding. So in today’s pedcast, I thought we would talk about some of this evidence and introduce you to the current thinking about allergies and children. The hope is if we can understand what is driving the allergy epidemic, we can help protect future kids from suffering from with terrible allergies. Continue reading

Dishwashers Harmful to Kids? (Article)

It turns out there is truth in the statement “The old way is the better way,” according to a recent study that has found an association between dishwashers and the growing prevalence of allergy among children. In this study, Swedish researchers found childhood allergies to be less prevalent in families who hand washed dishes versus those who used modern dishwashing machines. It was just a few generations ago when parents and children alike, hand washed the dishes after dinner. In modern America today, this activity seems to be a only a distant memory. The majority of American families now have the convenience of an electric dishwasher to help with kitchen cleanup. Continue reading

Probiotics Update with Dr. Sheila Kilbane (Pedcast)

The “Let’s Talk Kids” podcast is fortunate to have as our returning guest, Dr. Shelia Kilbane who is an expert in integrative medicine.  She focuses her expertise in this Pedcast on teaching us about the role of  microbial life in maintaining your children’s good health.  You don’t want to miss her perspective on the topic of probiotics. As always, Dr Kilbane is informative, practical, and up to date.  Join us won’t you.

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SmoNotes:

1.    Weizman Z, et al.  Pediatrics (2005)115:5-9.

2.    Isolauri E, Arvola T, Sutas Y, et al.  Probiotics in the management of atopic eczema.  Clin Exp Allergy (2000);30:1604-10.

3.     Isolauri E, Juntunen M, Rautanen T, Sillanaukee P,Koivula T.  A human Lactobacillus strain (Lactobacillus casei sp strain GG) promotes recovery from acute diarrhea in children. (1991) Pediatrics 88:90-7.

4.     Kalliomaki M, Salminen S, Arvilommi H, et al.  Probiotics in primary prevention of atopic disease:  A randomized placebo-controlled trial.  Lancet (2001)357:1076-9

5.     Vanderhoof J, Young R.  Probiotics in Pediatrics.  Pediatrics (2002)109;5:956-8.

6.      Szajewska H, Mrukowicz J.  Probiotics in the Treatment and Prevention of Acute Infectious Diarrhea in Infants and Children:  A Systematic Review of Published Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trials.  J of Ped Gastroenerology and Nutrition (2001)33:S17-S25.

 
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What is the “Fever” in Hay Fever? Q and A with “Simon” (Laura Nelle Parnell) (Pedcast)

It’s finally spring time and the earth is exploding with life. With all of the flowers, lush vegetation, and beautiful weather, however, comes something unpleasant — hay fever. In this pedcast, Doc Smo tries to improve your understanding of the concept of hay fever and allergies. Joined by his guest Simon (aka Laura-Nelle Parnell), Doc Smo answers questions about allergies and how your children’s bodies interact with their environment.

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