Sleep Away Camp Readiness? (Pedcast)

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Welcome to Portable Practical Pediatrics. I’m your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician and now an experienced blogger. Can you believe it; I started broadcasting in June of 2010. I’m rapidly approaching 7 years of weekly blogging, 84,000 downloads to date, and a million pages opened each year on my blog!  Thanks to you, we have created one of the most popular pediatric blogs in the country. What an honor. Thank you.

Recently, I was interviewed by a Charlotte parenting blog about sending children to sleep away camp. I answered a series of questions for their post and the thought crossed my mind, “Maybe my blog audience would be interested in this subject? I think so.”  So in today’s edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics, we are going to explore some aspects of sending your child to sleep away camp. Maybe some of my answers can help you and your child make the most of this important experience of childhood. If you are thinking about away camp for your little ones this summer, don’t miss this pedcast! Continue reading

Practical Screen Time Advice (Pedcast)

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Dr. Paul Smolen here, also known as Doc Smo, coming at you with another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. From the womb to the workplace, if it involves children, we talk about it here. Boy, you can find some fascinating stuff in a stogy pediatric journal. The other day I was reading my copy of Pediatrics and I came across an article that I thought you might be interested to hear about and may possibly be very meaningful to your parenting. The article talked about the brain activation that goes on in a child’s brain when they are stimulated by storytelling or being reading to. This is an important subject in today’s electronic rich environment where exposure to screens has begun to substitute for the storytelling/reading experiences of the past. So, let’s explore that subject a little today, shall we? Continue reading

New Era of Minimal Treatment (Pedcast)

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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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Child Health News-12/15 (Pedcast)

So many interesting things and so little time. I come across a plethora of interesting things as I do research for this blog that I simply don’t have time to make a stand alone article or pedcast about. Well, I don’t want you to miss out on all this so I have decided to clean house a little and get some articles to you that have been backlogged for a while. Let’s clean the Doc Smo desk, shall we? Rather than making a pedcast about each one, I am going to give you a synopsis of these articles in a series that I am calling, “Child Health News”.  So sit back and continue your free pediatric education. Oh yeah, I’m sorry, I didn’t introduce myself. I’m your pedcast host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a real board certified pediatrician with 34 years of clinical practice and 5 years of blogging.  Welcome to another edition of portable practical pediatrics. Continue reading

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