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Ask the Pediatrician

 Real Questions. Answers You Can Trust.



​​Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians and pediatric specialists answer parents' commonly asked health questions.​​





How long should my child ride rear-facing?193690ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has long recommended that―infants ride in rear-facing car seats and encourages rear facing for as long as possible―at least through a child's second birthday.9/22/2018 9:09:07 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 9:09:07 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Our health plan offers telemedicine services. Can “video visits” be a good option for my child?247206ask-the-pediatrician~In certain situations, however, video visits and other telehealth tools used within a child’s medical home can give families increased access to high-quality pediatric services.9/22/2018 9:09:06 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 9:09:06 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My daughter is extremely shy and anxious around strangers. How can I help her?2194959/22/2018 9:09:04 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 9:09:04 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Do you have resources to help explain seizures and epilepsy to my child's teacher and classmates?146215ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shares a number of articles and books for explaining seizures and epilepsy to teachers and students.8/18/2018 9:10:48 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 9:10:48 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is it safe for my child to eat sushi?9728ask-the-pediatrician~Like any seafood, there are some safety considerations for parents to keep in mind. 7/20/2018 12:55:43 PMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 12:55:43 PMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Can I give my 5-year-old over-the-counter cough medicine?39258ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discusses over-the-counter cough medicine and home remedies for the common cold. 6/28/2018 2:59:24 PMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 2:59:24 PMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
How much formula does my baby need?188631ask-the-pediatrician~​The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life, if possible. 3/24/2018 9:23:22 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 9:23:22 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
How do I mix and serve infant formula for my baby?188617ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers tips to help parents who formula feed their baby. 3/24/2018 9:23:20 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 9:23:20 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
How should I handle my child’s media use if he has autism spectrum disorder?252590ask-the-pediatrician~The AAP discusses how children with autism spectrum disorder can best use digital media.3/23/2018 2:17:44 PMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 2:17:44 PMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
How can I get the “don't text and drive" message through to my teen?34991ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) addresses the importance no texting while driving and how parents can enforce safe driving rules. 1/31/2018 4:17:35 PMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 4:17:35 PMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Why should my son get the flu shot at the pediatrician’s office vs. a retail-based pharmacy?18230ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) explains the definite advantages to immunizing your child at the pediatrician's office.1/11/2018 8:12:49 PMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 8:12:49 PMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My daughter’s birthday is a few days before the kindergarten cut-off date. Should we hold her back?238791ask-the-pediatrician~When making this decision, you should consider how your child behaves in a variety of environments. It is a great idea to speak with other caregivers, such as a preschool teacher or a frequent child care provider.8/5/2017 9:31:43 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 9:31:43 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Are blended smoothies good for my child?234916ask-the-pediatrician~ Unlike juicing, blending fruits and vegetables into a smoothie retains the whole food, which leaves the fiber intact. Kids can get vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber from a smoothie. 7/29/2017 9:26:48 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 9:26:48 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My wife and I are on a gluten-free diet. Is it ok for our baby to also eat gluten-free?175652ask-the-pediatrician~Parents may follow a restricted-grain diet themselves for various reasons, but now some moms and dads are also restricting gluten in their baby's food.6/17/2017 11:16:15 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 11:16:15 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Does my 15-year-old need two or three doses of HPV vaccine?218028ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) answers a question about the HPV vaccine for teens.6/3/2017 11:58:36 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 11:58:36 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js

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