Parents and Kids

There are so many ways to impact society in a positive way. Whether it is in healthcare or in another industry entirely, you can change the world, help people and continuously enhance and alter your own career path. The time of terminal degrees or careers is over, so don’t let anyone put you in a box - especially you.

Practicing medicine after obtaining a medical degree is just one avenue to influence healthcare. Even that road can take many twists and turns given the fluid nature of a changing workplace and dynamic system.

Such was the topic of a recent guest lecture I was honored to give to a wonderful group of bright, engaged, & respectful undergraduates who aspire to be health professionals. You will note the picture accompanying this piece where I am featured ...

Our infant son is celebrating his half birthday! An entire six months has passed in the blink of an eye as we watched our little dude grow, practically overnight. A half birthday is a big deal in a baby's life — by six months, most babies have developed a set of social and language skills, have fine-tuned their motor skills, can sit up with little or no support, may roll in both directions, and start dabbling in the world of solid foods. And, perhaps most important of all, the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) drops significantly. Babies who are six months and older are thought to have a lower risk of SIDS, in part due to muscle strength that allows them to lift their heads should they roll over from back to belly while asleep, avoiding suffocation. 

SIDS is part of a...

Apparently, we are at a point where the Governor of Utah was compelled to sign into law bill SB65 which somewhat modifies the definition of child neglect. In an effort to make it more difficult to penalize parents who encourage self-reliance in our overly protective, often fear-driven culture, the newly amended legislation (which goes into effect May 8) permits a child “whose basic needs are met and who is of sufficient age and maturity to avoid harm or unreasonable risk of harm, to engage in independent activities.”

These include, but are not limited to the following (as stated in the bill, link here): 

  • traveling to and from school,...

A father was not permitted to board a Frontier flight with his 4-day-old infant because the airline’s policy insists on a newborn being at least 7 days old. 

The dad conveyed he addressed in advance what he was told he needed to be cleared to fly. In accordance with that information, he presented the birth certificate as well as a letter of medical clearance from the hospital at the gate. There he discovered the age limit and was denied access to the flight.

The result of stranding him in Phoenix wound up generating a heartwarming tale that captivated news outlets. But, is the guideline that prompted it sensible or misguided?

In general, does this policy...

Paul Gertler is an economist and expert on the impact of interventions on public issues, most recently in a working paper on his website looking at the effect of introducing baby formula on infant mortality. Paul Gertler is not a scientist, nor apparently are any of his co-authors. The paper is more screed than science.

There has been significant controversy about the introduction of baby formula in place of or to supplement breastfeeding in lower and middle-income countries, a controversy that peaked 40 years ago. To use baby formula, mother’s mix the powder with water so that using untreated, unsanitary water results in an unsanitary formula. Gertler “found,” in the sense that he calculated, that the combination of the introduction of formula and the “use” of surface water,...

The Crime

Three teachers in a daycare center in a Chicago suburb have been arrested and charged with child endangerment and battery. Their crime? They gave 2-and 3-year olds gummie type supplements of melatonin to help them sleep at nap time. On the face of it this doesn’t seem like such a heinous act, but let’s unpack it a little and look at the underside.

The Parents

First of all, parents of these children knew nothing about this use of supplements for their kids. Maybe they wouldn’t have cared, and maybe they would have gone along with it. After all, these...

It makes sense that children who have trouble reading have their vision evaluated. And if the results come back that they have 20/20 vision, one might think that the reading issue is likely to originate somewhere besides the eyes. That may not be the case, however, as indicated by a recent study of 121 Canadian children published in the Journal of Optometry.

Dr. Lisa Christian from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and colleagues performed a retrospective review of these children who had all had complete eye exams. These kids all had so-called Individual Education Plans (IEP)* specifically directed at...

Misperceptions abound surrounding infant nutrition and what is best for baby. Breastfeeding or formula use seems to be an area of continuous polarization and new trends like importing specific organic formulas from overseas for being so-called "more pure" or "natural" reflects a current wave.

Fortunately, I had the opportunity to do a series of interviews that will debunk some myths and assuage many concerns in an effort to support those navigating the exciting, but unpredictable world of parenthood for the Fox Podcast Network.

Here, I am recording the series with host Teresa Priolo in the Manhattan Fox 5 New York studios.

The first one...

Divorce with children is a particularly trying experience for many families. Rarely is it ever easy or without its challenges - even in the best of circumstances or when it is the right decision for all parties. Thankfully, there are healthier ways to move through and beyond it that can allow everyone involved to thrive and inevitably blossom.

This is why when bitter custody battles hit the front page it saddens me. Such an extreme scenario was just featured in the New York Post entitled Mom Jailed After Baptizing Her Daughter. The mother violated a judge’s order by having a clandestine baptism for her...

Just like pretty little snowflakes, no babies are alike.  I knew this while I was pregnant, and I sure as heck know it now, as we are enjoying our almost 5-month old infant.

There are countless books on babies: from month-to-month pregnancy guides, to labor and delivery, parenting, behavior issues, sleeping, feeding, and much more. Information overload on what to expect while you're expecting can be overwhelming, so I tried to read what I was curious about, but I mostly avoided all the different parental advice books.

"I don't need a book, we will just figure it out," I would say to my husband. I was confident in my choice.

Until baby came.

I knew I needed help in some areas, beyond what the 3 a.m. guessing game could deliver, so I ate my piece of...