Skin Care

Grandma Knew, Wash Behind Those Little Ears (Pedcast)

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21st century pediatricians are getting used to being consulted about child health problems in new and unique ways- via email, by way of video calls, and yes, with texts.  So it was the other day when I got a few texts, with photos, about my 9-month-old great nephew’s outer ear and scalp. These texts were sent by my niece, the baby’s mother. Her son had developed some redness behind his ear that looked angry to his mom. Interestingly, the previous week, both his six-year-old brother and mother came down with culture proven strep throat.  Very interesting, now little Elliott has a skin infection behind his ear. Could they be related, my niece asked? Continue reading

Identifying/ Managing Insect Bites (Pedcast)

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DocSmo here with another edition of Portable Practical Pediatrics. From the onesie all the way to the three-piece if it involves kids, we talk about it here. Thanks for joining me today. I’ve got another biking story for you today. You know I’m part of the “Biking friends”, a group of adults and sometimes kids, who go biking weekly to a bakery or a coffee shop. We bike about 25 miles and have lots of interesting conversations along the way. Well, in one of my most recent outings with the group I got to ride along side a teen with a rash. His mom was also riding and she asked me to take a look at his rash that was around his upper arm. Mom’s question for me was should she take him to urgent care or even the emergency department since his spots looked bigger and angrier than they had the day before. His rash was getting worse and she was worried.  I knew the likely outcome of one of those ED or urgent care visits- lots of medications and therapies that are often unnecessary. So let’s break down this young man’s rash a little more in today’s pedcast and give you my thoughts about a how to identify and manage his rash that turned out to be from insect bites. I’ll also tell you what I told this young man to do to care for his rash that turned out to be easy and very inexpensive. Continue reading

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

Best Bathing Practices for Kids (Pedcast)

 Longtime listeners know that I love the advice Grandma had to give out, and grandma loved daily baths for her kids. Scrubbing with wash clothes, soap, and hot water was her recipe for skin health. But today we are going to look at her advice through the lens of modern children’s skin. Very interesting.


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