Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Peds in a Podcast: Instant Advice for Parents

Have you ever been at the pediatrician’s office and wanted information on a particular topic but felt like you were being rushed through the door? It happens all the time! Unfortunately, most doctors just don’t have the luxury of being able to spend a good chunk of time with you because other patients are waiting. If you want more in-depth information on topics like getting your child to sleep better, effective discipline, or vaccine safety, you’re often on your own to dig it up. But it’s hard to know if the data you find online is reliable. And reading books can be a time-consuming endeavor.

Fortunately, there’s an excellent website called Peds in a Podcast where you can find 30-45-minute discussions from Dr. Bill Satterwhite on many of the topics that concern parents. Here’s a list of the podcasts currently available on the site (and many more are planned). Click on the title to access its description.

Built by Play
Effective Discipline of Children – Live
Effective Discipline – Live Q&A
Five Tips for Toddlers
Sex, Drugs and Alcohol: Just the Facts
Sleep: 15 Months to 3 Years
Sleep: 2 to 4 Months
Sleep: 4 to 6 Months
Sleep: 6 to 12 Months
Sleep: Birth to 2 Months
Vaccines: Safe or Scary?

Each podcast costs just $1 to $18, which is much cheaper than spending a half-hour or more at the doctor’s office! And if you’re not happy with the podcast, they’ll refund your purchase price. You can also sign up to be notified by email when new podcasts are added.

I listened to two of the podcasts: “Five Tips for Toddlers” and “Vaccines: Safe or Scary?” Both were extremely informational and very interesting. Dr. Satterwhite -- a practicing pediatrician in Winston-Salem, NC, and a father of four -- has a smooth, easy-to-listen-to voice that is very friendly and open. You feel like you’re talking to a friend, not listening to a dry lecture. He backs up his information with scientific data, but presents it in such a way that it’s highly understandable and palatable.

Of course, listening to a podcast should never take the place of a consultation with your family physician, but Peds in a Podcast is a terrific accompaniment to the information you gather to be a more effective parent. I hope you’ll visit Peds in a Podcast at

DISCLOSURE: I received two complimentary podcasts to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided.


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