Medication

Should You Give Your Children Tylenol? (Pedcast by Sonya Corina Williams)

Despite the fact that most parents and pediatricians consider acetaminophen, you know- Tylenol, a totally safe drug, there has been a growing chorus of concern about this drug among researchers for many years. In today’s pedcast I am going to break those concerns down and give you some up to date knowledge on this subject. Stay tuned.

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

Introduction

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

Are You Measuring Liquid Medicines Accurately? (Pedcast)

Introduction

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

Baby Powders Dangerous? (Updated Pedcast)

 Introduction

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

New Era of Minimal Treatment (Pedcast)

Topic Introduction

The other day I was thinking about how recommended therapies, also known as the “standard of care”, have changed during my pediatric career for routine illness. It struck me that we have entered an era of minimalism with regards to treatment. It seems to me that medicine has aged into middle age, no longer eager to “treat” every condition with a therapy, assuming that medical science was smarter than mother nature. I think that concept is passe. No, we have entered an era where interventionism is out and natural healing is in. Hence the rise of integrated medicine, homeopathic medicines, nutritional and aroma therapies.  Let me give you a few examples of how previously recommended treatments have changed during my pediatric career and I think you will see what I am talking about. Let’s start with a short list of health problems pediatricians are frequently consulted about and I think you will see what I am talking about.

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Wound Care Do’s and Don’ts for Kids (Pedcast)

 

 

Today we are going to talk about minor scrapes and cuts. By minor I mean only surface injuries without injury to underlying structures and wounds less than an inch in length.  A lot more kids get hurt than sick so parents and pediatricians spend a lot of their time caring for bruises and cuts.  Over time, parents need to become experts in minor wound care so today I thought it might be useful to talk about the important topic of broken skin care in children. Continue reading

Electronic Anesthesia (Pedcast)

Today I am going to tell you about a fascinating study I read about recently in, of all places, the Journal of Anesthesia.  I know, what was I doing there. Sometimes my reading takes me to strange places.  I read about the article in a Reuters news piece but I thought it was so interesting that I had to do a post on the subject.  The authors were trying to answer the question, “Which is better at lowering anxiety in children about to have surgery, an iPad or traditional anxiety drugs like Versed or Xanax?” Just watch this amazing video from the investigators to see how it can work, https://vimeo.com/62312705.   The authors designed a study to answer anaesthsia versus ipad question, using children ages 1-11 who were about to have surgery. To their surprise, they found the the iPad was far more effective at relieving the children’s anxiety about leaving their parents and going into an operating room than the standard drugs that are used for the purpose.  Additional benefits were that the ipad group had a faster recovery after surgery and the ipads were far cheaper than the standard drugs that are used for this purpose. Continue reading