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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

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