By Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP “Mommy, my throat hurts!” We’ve all heard this often–usually at 3 am, and the next stop is the pediatrician’s office. Parents often look to antibiotics as a cure-all for whatever ails their child.
By Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann Summertime means picnics in the park, sporting events, beach parties and unfortunately childhood injuries. Luckily most are minor and can be treated at home. But how do you know when something is more serious
By Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP Break out the tissues – it’s flu season! Day care facilities and classrooms will soon be filled with sick children performing the music of cough cough, sneeze sneeze, achoo! So how do you keep
Improper latch-on can cause pain and really interfere with breastfeeding. Here is a walk-through on proper latch straight from my own lactation consultant, Elisa Hirsch, RN, BSN, IBCLC. Position your baby with her body facing yours and with her nose
By Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP In the hospital you have lots of help—nurses, lactation consultants and doctors—all at your beck and call. Then comes the time to take your little one home. You’ve read the “must-have” books, subscribed to
By Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP It’s 2 am. Your first night home from the hospital. The baby is crying and you’re exhausted. Is she hungry, wet, tired…aaahhh! You’ve read all the must-have parenting books.
Stay hydrated (keep a water bottle within reach while nursing). Eat a balanced diet (about 500 calories more than you ate before pregnancy…yummy!). Breastfeed regularly. Pump it up (pump an extra morning feed if you have time). Get enough
By Tanya Remer Altmann, MD Big Macs and Big Gulps. PlayStation 2 and TiVo. Fast food nutrition and couch potato fitness are super-sizing our kids. Studies show that more than 30 percent of America’s school-age children are
Eating Right—No excuses! By Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP It’s no surprise that America’s kids are super-sized. I see it everyday in my office—children living on fast food nutrition and couch potato fitness. And these overweight children are
While breastfeeding can admittedly seem demanding because of the significant time commitment required (believe me, I know!), the benefits are well documented and the experience is priceless. Mother’s milk provides immunity against bacteria and viruses (less sick time for your