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Super Baby Food (Book Review Pedcast)

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Super Baby Food

Super Baby Food

by Ruth Yaron

Voice introduction

Welcome. I’m your host Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician with 35 years of practice and a whole lot to say. I created Portable Practical Pediatrics to bring you good reliable information about things that I thought would help this generation of parents and grandparents raise healthy children. Reviewing and telling you about contemporary parenting books has become a big part of that mission. In that vein, I want to tell you about a book that you might find very useful when it comes time to feed your infants and toddlers, especially if you have never done this before. The whole process of directing your infant’s diet from milk to solid foods can be daunting. Read much about this subject and young parents can quickly become very confused. I think that is where the book Super Baby Food, by Ruth Yaron comes in.  In today’s pedcast, I am going to introduce you to this book and tell you how I think it might be a useful guide to help feed your infants and toddlers. So, let’s get started shall we? Continue reading

Book Reviews



The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: (Book Review Pedcast)

Wonder (Book Review Pedcast)

Bringing up BeBe by Pamela Druckerman(Book Review Pedcast)

The Read aloud handbook by Jim Trelease (Book Review Pedcast)

Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina (Book Review Pedcast)

The Happiest Baby on the Block,by Dr. Harvey Karp (Book Review Pedcast)

How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough (Book Review Pedcast)

Feeding Baby Green, by Dr. Alan Greene (Book Review Pedcast)

123 Magic, by Thomas Phelan PhD (Book Review Pedcast)

Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, by Harvey Karp MD (Book Review Pedcast)

The China Study, by  T Colin Campbell Phd and Thomas Campbell M.D. (Book Review Pedcast)

Nurture Shock, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman (Book Review Pedcast)

Do You Believe in Magic, by Paul Offitt M.D. (Book Review Pedcast)

The “New” Six Point Plan for Raising Happy, Healthy Children, by John Rosemond PhD (Book Review Pedcast)

Missing Microbes, by Martin Blaser MD (Book Review Pedcast)

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, by Farber,Mazlish (Book Review Pedcast)

The Whole-Brain Child, by Daniel Siegel MD and Tina Bryson

Beyond The Sling, by Mayim Bialik (Book Reveiw Pedcast)

Baby Led Weaning, by Rapley and Murkett (Book Review Pedcast)

Don’t Drink Your Milk, by Frank Oski MD (Book Review Pedcast)

The Collapse of Parenting, by Leonard Sax MD (Book Review Pedcast)

The Boy’s Body Book, by Kelly Dunham (Book Review Pedcast)

Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from a Little Golden Book, by Dianne Muldrow (Book Review Pedcast)

Parents Guide to Childhood Immunization, by CDC (Book Review Pedcast)

Super Baby Food, by Ruth Yaron (Book Review Pedcast)

-What to Do When You Worry Too Much, by Dawn Huebner PhD

_Pale Rider, by Laura Spinney

-Nourish Your Tribe, by Nicole Magryta

-Expecting Better, by Emily Oster

-Great Kids Don’t Just Happen, by Paul Smolen MD

-Cribsheet, by Emily Oster

-Conscious Parenting, by Robert Saul M.D.

Your Children Got Fish? (Pedcast)


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

Archives 2017

Distraction Free Thinking Vital for Kids (Pedcast)

6 Reasons Babies Benefit Living w/ Pets (Pedcast)

Good Book to Help Anxious Kids (Book Review Pedcast)

åDoc Smo’s Holiday Message 2017 (Pedcast)

Why Does My Child Wet the Bed (Pedcast)

3 Interesting Conversations w/ Parents, November 2017 (Pedcast)

6 Reasons Your Children Need Breakfast (Pedcast)

Why Little Janie Bites? (Pedcast)

Identifying Children Who Succeed (Pedcast)

More Cooperation/Healthier Kids (Pedcast)

Identifying/ Managing Insect Bites (Pedcast)

Why Can’t Johnny Poop? (Pedcast)

 Straight Talk About Sleep in Infancy Revisited (Updated Pedcast)

Children Need Balance (Updated Pedcast)

How Are Pediatricians Saving Lives Today? (Pedcast)

Gentle Skin Care of Babies Saves Lives (Pedcast)

Best Docs Listen, Observe, and Test (Pedcast)

What if Grandma Had Refused Vaccines? (Pedcast)

Money Saving Tips for New Parents (Pedcast)

Myths and Facts about Strep Throat (Pedcast)

TV Harming Kid’s Health? (Pedcast)

Child Health News June 2017 (Pedcast)

Help For Anxious Kids (Pedcast)

Beginning of End for Processed Foods? (Pedcast)

Baby Powders Dangerous Revisited (Updated Pedcast)

Your Children Got Fish? (Pedcast)

Babies Benefit from Birth in Hospitals

Interesting Conversations w/ Parents (Pedcast) May 2017

Sleep Away Camp Readiness? (Pedcast)

Are Your Kids Too Clean? (Pedcast)

The Most Important Question in Pediatrics Revisited (Pedcast)

Another Season of Goodbyes (Pedcast)

Cough-Your Child’s Friend or Foe? (Pedcast)

Motors and Kids-A Bad Mix (Archived Pedcast)

Exploring How Snacks Can Harm Kids (Pedcast)

Can Eczema/Allergy Be Prevented in Kids? (Pedcast)

Interesting Conversations March 2017 (Pedcast)

The Chickenpox/Shingles Story (Pedcast)

New Insights About Obese Children (Pedcast)Medicinal Use for Apple Juice? (Pedcast)

Super Baby Food (Book Review Pedcast)



Doc Smo’s 2018 Holiday Message (Pedcast)

“There are no do-overs when it comes to childhood; this is the only childhood your children that will ever have. Make the most of it!”

Got a Clue What Makes Your Sick Child Get a Fever? (Updated Pedcast)

“Your child’s body knows that fever, is usually a shortcut to wellness.”

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

Like all machines, your child’s body has limits and is prone to periodic mechanical failures. All machines do this even our own bodies, particularly little bodies that are not fully grown and here’s another DocSmo pearl: Pain in muscles and joints is your child’s body telling you, the parents, that they need repair time.

The Rhythm of Your Child’s Cough (Pedcast)

“For most children, a tincture of time takes care of even the meanest virus, because your child’s immune system is a germ-killing machine, tuned and sharpened by lots of practice.”

10 Things Parents Can Do to Prevent Allergies in Their Children ? (Pedcast)

“Yes, it is true, that not all germs are our friends but it is equally true that not all are our enemies.”

Can Pesticides Harm Your Kids? (Pedcast)

“Like with many parenting decisions, less can be more.” 

Your Children Spending Enough Time Outdoors? (Pedcast)

“Parents create the reality that their children experience.”

Need High Chair for Your Little Ones? (Pedcast)

Many childhood accidents aren’t accidents at all, but rather predictable outcomes from lack of supervision or improper use of equipment.”  

Distraction Free Thinking Vital for Kids (Pedcast)

“You are the parent and they are the child.”

“If you treat your children like adults, they may surprise you and act like an one”

Doc Smo’s Holiday Message 2017 (Pedcast)

“It’s hard to be fearful of people that you know.”

6 Reasons Your Children Need Breakfast (Pedcast)

“Grandma’s common sense and strong desire to see her children succeed is the source of her amazing wisdom.” 

Best Docs Listen, Observe, and Test (Pedcast)

“Anything that gets in the way of your pediatrician’s careful history taking process weakens your child’s visit.” 

Help For Anxious Kids (Pedcast)

Anxiety that doesn’t lead to an action and ultimate resolution is destructive.

Cough-Your Child’s Friend or Foe? (Pedcast)

“Your child’s cough is the only thing standing between them and pneumonia.” 

“Healthy lungs are healthy for a reason.” 

Motors and Kids-A Bad Mix

“A toy that can kill or cause lifelong injury, simply isn’t a toy at all!

Are Your Kids Fit for Life?

“It’s a terrible mistake for parents to underestimate their influence on their kids or it’s corollary, Wisdom kept to oneself is wisdom wasted.”

2015 Lessons Learned about Measles

We don’t have to touch the hot stove, to find out that it still hurts” 

Every Child Can Be a Powerball Winner

“The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print.”

“Every child can be a powerball lottery winner by being read to frequently.”

New Baby Brings Joy and Stress

“There is no quicker way to find  the cracks in a parent’s personality than to apply stress and stand back and watch.” 

Why is Johnny Biting?

“Adults are just oversized children with a few more social graces and a lot more responsibility.”

More of Grandma’s Wisdom

“When it comes to bronchial irritants, sometimes 1+1=3.”

Motors and Kids, a Bad Mix

“A toy that can kill or cause lifelong injury, simply isn’t a toy at all!”

Electronic Anesthesia

“Nothing changes behavior like consequences” or it’s corollary, “The school of natural consequences teaches AP life.” 

Kids, Holidays, and Sugar

“Don’t  allow your children’s nutritional wants to overtake their nutritional needs.”

How Long is Too Long for a Cold?

“Trust your childs body; it has been practicing medicine longer than any doctor alive.”

Annual Holiday Message 2014 (Pedcast)

“Children are little machines of the vacuum and copy variety. And it’s corollary… *It’s not an accident that interesting parents have interesting children.”

Home Births (Pedcast)

“A crisis for which you are  prepared, is often not a crisis at all.” 

Testimonial to Probiotics (Pedcast)

“Prevention beats treatment, every time.” 

The Rhythm of the Cough (Pedcast)

“For most children, a tincture of time takes care of even the meanest virus, because your child’s immune system is a germ-killing machine, tuned and sharpened by lots of practice.”

Children; Eating Themselves Sick? (Pedcast)

Grandma didn’t waste her time telling us things that weren’t important… eat your spinach!

Does Cold Air Make Your Child Sick? (Pedcast)

**“Grandma didn’t waste her time recommending things that weren’t important… listen!”

Fever; Friend or Foe? (Pedcast)

“A fever is not an illness, usually just a shortcut to wellness.” 

Holiday Message 2013 (Pedcast)

“Making the babies was the easy part of parenting!” 

DocSmo’s Picky Eater Turnaround (Pedcast)

1. “Your child’s choices in food should be between good food and good food… no junk served in this kitchen!”

2. “Children will do what is in their own best interest… almost every time.”

Trampoline Truths (Pedcast)

1. “There is no toy that is so much fun that it is worth the risk of your child sustaining a lifelong injury… none”

2. “Adult Supervision” requires that adults actually supervise!!!!

America “super sized” (Pedcast)
1. “Let’s start paying more attention to what children need rather than what they want. Only then will we get it right.”
2. “It would really dandy if our children got less candy.”

A doctor’s advice: harsh or life changing?

Direct communication is the most effective way to connect with young people. My rule is, listen first, then speak.

Smoking Update
“As far as tobacco is concerned, in today’s world we are witnessing cigarette marketing in reverse!”

Getting the Dose Right!
“Janie’s dose of medicine shouldn’t depend on your silverware pattern, should it?”

When Snoring is a Problem for Children
“Surgeons curing behavior problems and improving school performance… what will they figure out next?”

Eczema: A Parent’s Guide
“Modern children’s skin needs less exposure to modern life.”

HPV Vaccines: “Prevention Trumps Treatment”
“Prevention trumps treatment every time.”

Baby Walkers…beware!
“When the child gets a bad injury, both the child and the parent receive matching scars.”

Ear Wax to the Max, “oh my”
“My kind of therapy is both cheap and effective.”

The Success of Rotavirus Vaccine
“If a therapy has rewards that are very high and risks that are very low: that’s a winner for me.”

“Sit Down and Listen”: ADD News 2011
“Grandma was so smart that if she had been a stock trader, she would have been the Warren Buffet of her time.”

Helping Single Parent Families
1. “Children have a lot of work to do growing up. Having a lot of emotional baggage from their parents generally slow or interfere with that process.”
2. *”Families are likes Slinkies: stress any part and the whole family starts shaking.”
3. “I think having one healthy, resilient, engaged single parent is much better for children than having two angry bickering depressed ones, any day.”

Attitude lessons learned from my Dad
“Work with purpose is always better than just work.”

The Rhythm of Pediatrics
“Germs can run jog or walk they need to be dragged from nose to nose and the dragging happens on your child’s hands.”
“Germs love get-togethers so they can “get it together.”

Tincture of Time
“Trust your child’s body; it has been practicing medicine longer than any doctor alive.”

For the Mamas and the Papas
“The benefits of taking care of yourself are like money in the bank drawing compound interest.”

Grandma, Cod Liver Oil, and the 2011 News Regarding Vitamin D
“Grandma didn’t waste her time recommending things that weren’t important.”

Can Children be Spoiled?
“It’s my opinion that a child is spoiled if they’re allowed to become overly dependent on their parents, or if they’re allowed to have excessive needs and/or wants.”

Getting a Grippe on the ‘Moving Target’ We Call Influenza
“Deeply invading germs are reason for deep concern.”

Pedcasts from 2010:

Understanding Your Child’s Ear Infections Step by Step

“Rivers that don’t flow become nasty!”

Swimming, A Basic Life Skill All Children Need to Know
“Remember, you’re the parent and they’re the child! You have perspective on life that they don’t have. Don’t be afraid to use your perspective and persist to make sure that swim lessons happen for your children.”

Shaping Your Child’s Character, Leading by Example
1. “Little eyes and little ears are watching and listening.”
2. “Children are like mirrors, they reflect what they see. Make sure what they see in you is mostly goodness.”

Starting Young Children towards a Life of Literacy
1. “Kids won’t do what they don’t enjoy, so you have to create an environment where reading is fun.”

2. “Parents create their child’s reality.  If your child’s reality is visits to fast food restaurants, video games, and soda, parents created that reality. But if their reality is visits to the museum, reading daily, and nutritious meals, parents create that too.”

Making Sense of Your Child’s Next Virus
1.  The deeper in your child’s body a germ travels, the more intense his/her bodily reaction is going to be, especially fever.

2. So, if your child has an upper respiratory illness that’s pretty surface, almost on the outside of the body, you’re child’s not going to feel very sick.

3. Whereas, if they get a middle respiratory virus, they’re probably going to feel sicker, probably going to have a fever at some point, and that’s a clue that it’s a little deeper in.

4. And finally, the deepest in terms of the respiratory tract are lung infections. Those are the ones that give kids really high fevers, 105 and greater, and really knock them down hard. That’s a clue that they have a deep body infection.”

Little Teeth, Handle with Care
“Parenting short cuts, taking the path of least resistance, has a way of coming back and biting you later. When you know you’re right about a parenting topic, be more stubborn than your child–deal with it earlier rather than later!”

Sleepless Nights…Beyond the Crib
“It’s always good when your child can learn to do something independently.”

Why Your Child Should Avoid Sugary Drinks!
“People believe what they want to believe, especially children.”

How to Discipline Your Child…with Respect!
“If you don’t treat your child with respect when they’re young, they won’t treat you with respect when they grown.”

Straight Talk about Sleep in Infancy
“The ultimate goal of childhood is to create a happy, self sufficient adult.”

Essential Knowledge for Parents about Hepatitis B
“Vaccines are like insurance, you can’t buy it after the house has burned down. Prevention is the only game in town.”

Patty versus Mozart, Curious?
1.”Send a constant message that school is important and that failure is not an option.”

2. “If you repeat something enough to your children, it will eventually become true.”

Screen Time, How Much is Too Much?
1. “Kids will eventually respect parents who are honest, committed to their wellbeing, and who set reasonable limits for them.”

2. “Don’t let the Mario Brothers have more influence on your kids than you do!”

It’s Winter, Are Your Kids Vitamin D Deficient? (Updated Pedcast)



Our great grandmothers knew that vitamin D deficiency was a big problem for her children, hence the daily fight over giving your grandfather his cod liver oil. Great Grandma didn’t know what vitamin D was or what was in cod liver oil, but she knew it kept her kids healthy. How did she figure all this out, long before the era of biochemistry? I don’t know. All I can figure is that she was truly a genius. But now this old fashion disease, vitamin D deficiency, and its many variants, are making a comeback. So in this pedcast, we are going to learn more about vitamin D and how you can avoid your children from becoming D-ficient in this important chemical of their bodies. Continue reading