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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.​​





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. 3/24/2017 2:46:21 PMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 2:46:21 PMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Is a temporal or ear thermometer better for taking a 2-year-old’s temperature?32918ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) answers a question for parents about types of thermometers.10/15/2016 10:38:43 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 10:38:43 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
When should I introduce wheat into my baby’s diet?161828ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) explains why there is no evidence for waiting to introduce or limiting allergy-causing foods such as wheat or other gluten-containing grains in baby's diets.3/18/2017 10:30:37 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 10:30:37 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
Can infants get strep throat?32919ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) answers a question for parents about stept throat vs. sore throat.10/15/2016 10:38:44 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 10:38:44 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
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.3/24/2018 9:23:16 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 9:23:16 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
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. 10/28/2017 9:49:30 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 9:49:30 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
I am getting remarried. What is the best way to blend our families?10931ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discusses how stepfamilies can be successful and what your child experiences when you remarry.3/11/2017 11:29:36 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 11:29:36 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Do I need to keep my son home if he has pinkeye?13735ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) answers a question about pinkeye and school.8/27/2016 10:34:35 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 10:34:35 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
How do I get my preschooler to let me brush her teeth?16625ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) answers a question about brushing young children's teeth.1/14/2017 11:32:30 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 11:32:30 AMhtmlFalseaspx~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
I think my child may have ADHD. How do I find out for sure?32726ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 10/15/2016 10:38:41 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 10:38:41 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Should I sneak fruits and veggies into my preschooler’s food?33464ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) answers a question for parents about sneaking fruit and vegetables into meals.10/1/2016 10:32:24 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPages 10:32:24 AMhtmlFalseaspx~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

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