Interesting Child Health Links 3/12/18


The Following are Dr. Smo’s links to interesting articles about children and child health for the week of 3/12/18 


Article 1.  Low carbohydrate diets are a great way to lose weight but may be devastating to a pregnancy. Experts are beginning to see a rise in brain and spinal cord malformations in the babies of women who restrict their carbohydrate intake during pregnancy, possible due to a lack of folic acid that bread can provide.


Article 2.  Fans of football aren’t going to like this article but maybe this information will help families who are on the fence about allowing their children to play the sport.  Could helmets really not be protective against concussions? Read and decide for yourself.


Article 3.  Physical fitness in childhood prepares children for a healthy adult life, as this article points out. Take a few moments and read what these experts have to say as well as listening to a pedcast I did on the subject last year.

Doc Smo pedcast, “Are Your Kids Fit for Life?”


Article 4. MD Mama Boston Children’s Hospital, a fellow pediatrician, gives parents some suggestions of ways to reduce their children’s chances of being abused sexually.

4 things all parents should do to help prevent sexual abuse


Article 5.  Social media and instant chat for elementary aged children? Read how Facebook is changing childhood and decide for yourself, if you think if this is a good idea?