Disease Then and Now

6 Childhood Ear Infection Facts Parents Often Don’t Know

 

Here are 6 childhood ear infection facts that parents often don’t know. How do I know that many parents don’t know these things you ask… because I’ve been practicing pediatrics for 37 years , that’s how. Let’s test your pediatric ear infection knowledge in this edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics.

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

 

Introduction

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

With Medical Rx in Kids, “Less is Often More” (Pedcast)

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Hello and welcome, I am your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician with 37 years of practice. The other day, I was having a conversation with a mother about fever seizures. Her child had had one of these seizures and she found it extremely frightening. That’s understandable. Anyone who has seen a child have a generalized convulsion can understand this mom’s dread. During a seizure, it looks like the child is dying right in front of you.  I was explaining to this mom that fever seizures are almost always benign, are almost never harmful to the child, require no treatment, and are not even considered epilepsy. That led us into a discussion of a whole host of illnesses and symptoms that just 40 years ago were felt to “require” treatment but that was then and today is now! Today many symptoms and conditions don’t require treatment and are recognized as temporary states that will resolve with time.  In today’s pedcast, I thought it might be fun to go over some of the conditions and symptoms that pediatricians no longer recommend treatment for. Oh, what a difference a few decades can make. Stay tuned for about 10 minutes and I will show you just how much change there has been. Continue reading

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