TheDocSmitty

Welcome to the blog of TheDocSmitty! I am  Justin Smith, M.D, a general pediatrician in Lewisville, the Medical Advisor for Digital Health for Cook Children’s, the father of three young children (all 5 and under) and generally very tired. Probably just like many of you. This is a place for me to share with you what I have learned as a pediatrician taking care of families, updates concerning medical news topics and a healthy dose of my triumphs and trials as a dad. I fully expect that I will learn as much from you as readers than I could ever teach you. But I promise I will frequently remind you that we are all in this together.

 

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February
09,
2016
I, along with many others in the medical field, have suspected for a long time that we need a better pertussis vaccine. Aside from flu, I can’t think of any other disease for which we vaccinate where we are excited if only a few outbreaks happen ...
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February
03,
2016
I am not kidding when I say that I had a mother of a 6 month old ask me if her child was going to be ADHD, “Because he just moves all the time!” While that was an easy question to answer, I do get more difficult questions about young children ...
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January
29,
2016
Dear new moms, I have to start with an apology. It’s not that I didn’t care, or wasn’t concerned. I asked about feedings and dirty diapers. I asked about sleep positioning. I asked about your plans for vaccination. I educated on how to ...
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January
19,
2016
Yesterday, a measles case was reported at a Plano ISD school in Richardson, Texas. The Dallas Morning News reported last night that the child who contracted measles was unvaccinated and a return traveler from a foreign country. It’s a reminder that ...
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