Playgrounds, No Parents Allowed (Archived Pedcast)

In this early episode of Portable Practical Pediatrics (originally posted July 2010), get a heavy dose of Doc Smo opinion that may change the way you think of sports for your children. According to Doc Smo, balancing structured and unstructured sports is an important task for parents and one that is often not done well. Give a listen. open your heart, and see if his message resonates.

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Know The Do’s and Don’ts of Raising Smart/Successful Children? (Pedcast)

Looking for ways to increase your children’s chances of success in life?  Look no more. 

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7 Dubious Health Honors American Children Own (Pedcast)

American children are unhealthy on many world standards. Learn more. 

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Easy Way to Prevent Dehydration in Most Children (Archived Pedcast)


This pedcast was originally posted in February of 2017. 

Wow, what a difference a few years can make.  You may be aware that nutritionists, diabetologists, endocrinologists, toxicologists and every type of ologist you can think of have been waging war on apple juice, for decades. Back in the 80’s there was concern from the ologists that apple juice caused malnutrition in toddlers, in the 90’s it was concern about the chemical Alar that was used to enhance the growth of apples, and today, according to some, apple juice and other sweetened beverages are at the heart of the obesity epidemic. All this attention and bad news about apple juice! Knowing all this background, it was with great interest that I read a recent article in a well respected pediatric journal touting how apple juice, diluted with water, can be a great mixture to orally rehydrate a dehydrated children who is having vomiting and diarrhea. So today, I thought I would tell you about this new research and talk a little about dehydration in children. Continue reading

How to Make Your Children Guaranteed Powerball Winners (Updated Pedcast)

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Doc Smo here. Welcome. Americans have “Powerball Fever” yet again with the recent payout being worth 1.6 billion dollars (that’s b as in billion). Given this event, I thought it would be worth revisiting a post I did originally in 2016 about how to make your children and everyone’s children for that matter, lottery winners. Yes, I am going to discuss an alternative way that those lottery dollars you may be tempted to spend on lottery tickets can be diverted to make your children winners in the lottery that really matters, the lottery of life.  So sit back, open up your imaginations and listen to my advice to Powerball players all over the country. Continue reading

7 Essential Actions That Will Keep Your Children Safe from Injury(Pedcast)


The other day I was giving a talk to a 12 year old young man and his mother at the end of his checkup that I am sure I have delivered thousands of times before over the years.  As I was speaking, the thought crossed my mind that I need to share this talk with my podcast listeners.  Of course! If I have bothered to consistently deliver it in person for so many years, it must be important.  In fact, I know this little conversation has saved at least a few children from devastating injuries.  Why you ask, because a few children have told me so? I am particularly righteous about giving this talk to my preteen and teenage boy patients because they seem to need it the most. I want them to hear it directly from me! Girls have accidents as well and all of these tips apply to girls as well, of course, but today my focus is on accidents that I see far more frequent in boys for reasons I am about to explain. So sit back and hear how this pediatrician talks to children, especially boys, about the number one cause of morbidity and death in children, childhood accidents. Continue reading

Wise Parents Have their Kids Put Down the Screens and Pick Up the Books (Pedcast)

This episode of stresses the importance of promoting literacy in your children by reading to them frequently and making sure they have regular enjoyable visits to the library. Every child should have and use a library card frequently!

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