By Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP Back to school checklist: books, paper, pencils, clothes, sneakers….physical! September means back to school, and just as important as new school supplies, a back-to-school physical will help prepare your child or teen for
By Rachel Scherr and Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann The scent of shiny new notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils fills the air; it is that magical time of year again–BACK TO SCHOOL! With summer winding down and the constant aroma
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