Antibiotics

Myths and Facts about Strep Throat (Pedcast)

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If you are a regular listener of Portable Practical Pediatrics, you’ve heard me say things like, “From mommy all the way to matriculation”, if it involves children, we talk about it here. That’s my way of saying that I take on a variety of topics in this blog.  Today is no exception. In today’s podcast,  I am going to broaden your understanding of strep infections in children by telling you a story, a story that happened in my family almost a hundred years ago so stay tuned for a very interesting and historical edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. Continue reading

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

Interesting Conversations March 2017 (Pedcast)

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Welcome to another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. I am your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician. People call me Doc Smo. My patients bring up such interesting topics…so interesting that a few years ago, I started sharing some of them with my blog audience. I have to say that after 35 years of practicing pediatrics I have learned and lived this Doc Smo pearl, “The best doctors listen way more than they talk.” With that in mind, I am going to share with some of the interesting things my patients have told me recently. I think you will see that by listening intently, I learn a lot from my patients.   So let’s get into the next set of “Interesting Conversations” I’ve had recently with my patients and their families, shall we? Continue reading

Rethinking Antibiotic Use In Children (Archived Pedcast)

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There is a fascinating new study in Pediatrics April 2015 that raises new questions about a medical tool that has been around for almost 100 year, antibiotics. First discovered in the 1930s, antibiotics have undoubtedly saved millions of lives and have been a great tool for medical science. Until recently, doctors and scientists thought of antibiotics as targeted weapons that are able to selectively destroy germs that our bodies were fighting, invasive germs, and leave the host, your child, with a balance of healthy bacteria, so called normal flora. Continue reading