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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.​​


 


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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.5/18/2019 9:36:58 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org5/18/2019 9:36:58 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.5/18/2019 9:36:46 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org5/18/2019 9:36:46 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My daughter is extremely shy and anxious around strangers. How can I help her?2194955/18/2019 9:36:40 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org5/18/2019 9:36:40 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
What should I do if I am worried about my child’s development?4213ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) answers a question on what to do if you have concerns about your child's development and provides resources and next steps.3/30/2019 9:10:53 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org3/30/2019 9:10:53 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
What makes teen acne worse?9ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discusses things that can make acne worse.3/27/2019 9:29:01 PMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org3/27/2019 9:29:01 PMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
When can I start giving my baby peanut butter?16855ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) addresses when to begin giving babies peanut butter.3/18/2019 5:01:37 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org3/18/2019 5:01:37 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My 4-year-old is still in diapers. Is there any real deadline for toilet training?222335ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) answers a question about the average age for toliet training in the United States. 2/9/2019 10:21:49 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/Spanish/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Paginas/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org2/9/2019 10:21:49 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
I’ve seen offers for free “baby boxes” for newborns to sleep in. Are these OK to use?90627ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) cautions that the popularity baby boxes is growing faster than what’s known about their safety and effectiveness.10/13/2018 9:11:04 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org10/13/2018 9:11:04 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
My child is receiving special education in school. What role should his pediatrician play?90613ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) explains how pediatricians can help you navigate the special education system, understanding your rights and collaborating with school officials to come up with a plan.10/13/2018 9:11:01 AMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org10/13/2018 9:11:01 AMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
Why does my son need the HPV vaccine?1326422ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) answers a question for parents about boys and the HPV vaccine. 9/24/2018 8:54:22 PMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org9/24/2018 8:54:22 PMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js
How many doses of HPV vaccine does my 11-year-old son need?218029ask-the-pediatrician~The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) answers a question about the HPV vaccine dose for boys age 11.9/24/2018 8:44:43 PMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org9/24/2018 8:44:43 PMhtmlFalseaspx~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.9/24/2018 8:38:50 PMSTS_ListItem_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org9/24/2018 8:38:50 PMhtmlFalseaspx~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_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org8/18/2018 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_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org7/20/2018 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_PublishingPageshttps://www.healthychildren.org/English/tips-tools/ask-the-pediatrician/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspx0https://www.healthychildren.org6/28/2018 2:59:24 PMhtmlFalseaspx~sitecollection/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search/Item_Default.js