The Pedsdoctalk Podcast

By Dr. Mona Amin

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Welcome to The Pedsdoctalk Podcast. A podcast hosted by U.S. based Pediatrician and mother Dr. Mona Amin to educate and empower parents in their journey through parenthood. Episodes will include education regarding hot topics in Pediatrics, interviews with experts in the field, conversations with fellow parents, and insight into her experience as a mother and Pediatrician. Content is both evidence-based and experienced-based to give you tips to keep your child healthy and mindful. Follow her on Instagram @pedsdoctalk for more!

Episode Date
14: Let's Get Your Kid Talking!

On this episode, I welcome Brooke and Bridget. They are sisters and speech therapists in Southern California, who own their own practice. They also have a great Instagram account (@speechsisters) where they share day-to-day tips for parents to engage their child in speech. 

We discuss:
1. What parents can due in the "wait and see" period as development is being monitored.
2. Tips on engaging speech under the age of one and between one and two years of age.
3. What a typical speech therapy session looks like.
4. When a child should be referred to a speech therapist. 

Listen is as we talk all about...talking! 

Follow us at @pedsdoctalk and @speechsisters to continue the conversation 

May 27, 2020
13: Summer Safety

Summer is approaching here in the U.S. and although COVID is on our minds, we can't forget how to keep our kids safe in the summer (social-distancing) fun! 

It's also Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May and I want to share how to keep our kids' skin safe in the summer months. Melanoma risk begins in childhood and adolescence and repetitive skin burns in childhood can increase the risk of melanoma later on in life. 

On this episode I talk about sun safety, heat safety, drowning safety, and bug bite safety. I go over some of my favorite products for sun protection and bug-bite protection and discuss ways to keep your family safe during the summer months.

This episode does not go into detail about COVID precautions as things are slowly opening up in some parts of the country. I don't have enough information to make recommendations just yet, BUT will do so here or on my Instagram @pedsdoctalk when I do. 

As a reference, here are my favorite products as mentioned in the episodes. If you head over to my highlight "SAFETY" on my Instagram account @pedsdoctalk,  I discuss more of these and other tips. 

Here are some of my favorite sunblocks for babies/kids. More in the episode on how to apply and how young! 

  • Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby SPF 50
  • Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Baby SPF 30+
  • Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Zinc Oxide Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 (good for eczema) 
  • Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby sunscreen SPF 50
  • California baby super sensitive SPF 30 

Here are some Insect Repellants:

  • DEET: is a safe product used to repel insects. It can be used in babies over 2 months. For children under 12, use bug spray with a DEET less than 30%
  • Considered the best repellant. It is the #1 recommended insect repellant for kids and adults and is safe.
  • Under 2 months, no DEET.
  • 2 months- 2 years: one application a day with DEET <10%
  • Over 2 years, DEET 10-30% with no more than 3 applications a day
  • 10% DEET provides protection for about 2-3 hours and 30% protects for about 6-8 hours. Read the packages for frequency of application instructions. Do not use more than recommended! 
  • Some examples/faves:
    • Cutter’s-7% DEET (What we use for our son)
    • OFF!-25% DEET
    • Ben’s-30% DEET
  • PICARIDIN: approved in the US in 2005, Picaridin is an alternative to DEET and may work as well as DEET. It’s also odorless compared to DEET products. Currently, it’s though that Picaridin has a duration of action similar to 10% DEET.
  • Some examples/faves:
    • SAWYER-Picaridin 20%
    • NATRAPEL- Picaridin 20%
    • Can be used 6 months+ 


  • ESSENTIAL OILS such as citronella, cedar, eucalyptus, and soybean. Likely more short term protection than DEET (less than two hours of protection). In terms of benefits, picaridin and/or DEET provides more protection. 

Follow me @pedsdoctalk on Instagram for more! 

May 20, 2020
11: Understanding the Stages of Adolescent Development

On this episode I welcome Dr. Hina Talib, a board certified Adolescent Medicine Physician. With only 500 practicing Adolescent Medicine Physicians in the US, it's a small but extremely important subspecialty in Pediatrics. 

Dr. Talib sees patients in those tween years through their teenage years. Years that are filled with tons of developmental growth. 

On this episode, we hash out those stages of adolescent development:
Early Adolescence: 11 years-14 years 
Middle Adolescence: 14 years-16 years
Late Adolescence: 16 years-18 years

We discuss the importance of understanding their development in order to better be able to communicate with them and understand where they are coming from with their actions.

Similar to the toddler years, this understanding can help a parent or teacher navigate these impressionable years. 

Make sure to follow us on Instagram @pedsdoctalk and @teenhealthdoc to continue the conversation! 

May 14, 2020
12: Never Have I Ever Loved a Netflix Series So Much!

On this episode, I welcome back Dr. Hina Talib, an Adolescent Medicine Physician. 

We both fell in love with the Netflix Series "Never Have I Ever."

As two ethnic women (and Pediatricians with kids of our own) we immediately connected with all the themes brought up in the show. The show is funny, respectful, and honest in the way it depicts common issues teenagers go through in this day and age. 

We are playing Never Have I Ever and tackling the main themes in the episode. We talk about our own personal experiences in High School in regards to the themes in the show and Dr. Talib digs deeps into the issues she sees as an Adolescent Medicine Physician. We discuss issues like body image and mental health. 

Tune in to hear why we love this series so much, why we think shows like this are important, learn more about us, AND learn more about teenagers. 

We can't wait for season 2 so we can do this again!

Follow us @pedsdoctalk @teenhealthdoc on Instagram to continue the conversation.

May 14, 2020
10: Anxiety in Children

In my practice, I feel that I am seeing anxiety more and more in the teenage years and early childhood.

Mental Health is important to me and I have always felt we need to go "downstream" into childhood to establish healthy coping skills.

We cannot ignore pervasive signs that our young children may have anxiety so we can intervene and teach them healthy coping skills and give them the support they need. 

On Episode 8, I discussed Meditation in Kids and on today's episode I discuss The Anxious Child.

I speak with Reena B. Patel who is a Psychologist, Author, Mother, and Parenting Expert with over 20 years of experience. She has a wealth of experience working with patients with autism, ADHD, anxiety, and so much more. She wrote a book called, Winnie and Her Worries, which is geared towards managing anxiety in children aged 3-10.

On this episode we speak about her book, Winnie and Her Worries, how to recognize signs of anxiety in a child, why anxiety may seem more prevalent now, how to talk to children about the COVID-19 pandemic, some basic tips to manage in parenting an anxious child, and when to seek care from a Pediatrician or Mental Health Professional.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Reena is offering a month FREE of her virtual counseling session packages! Check out her website and Instagram for more details:
Instagram: @reenabpatel

May 07, 2020
9: Top 10 Reasons Children Visit Their Doctor

If you listen to only one educational episode on The Pedsdoctalk Podcast, I hope this one is it. On this episode I go over the Top 10 Reasons Children come to the office for a sick visit. I go over these issues and explain when to be concerned to speak to your child's clinician. 

I was inspired to do this episode because I found that parents were often coming in for symptoms that could be managed at home. I understand that this can be a combination of rightful parental worry and possibly not being told when they should be concerned. I believe that through the information I present in this episode, you can feel more confident in when you should have your child evaluated. 

When your child is not feeling well, it causes a level of worry I am very familiar with as a mother. As you go through the topics remember these disclaimers:
1. This is for education. I will not provide medical advice or provide a diagnosis. 
2. If your child has any underlying medical issues, please confirm any educational content presented in this episode also applies to them.
3. If you are concerned about your child, SEEK CARE, Nobody will ever fault you for bringing in your child to be evaluated even if it is only to provide you peace of mind. 

As you listen to the topics, remember Dr. Mona's Pedsdoctalk Cardinal Rules for a sick child:
1. Are they hydrated?
2. Are they breathing comfortably?
3. Are they interactive with you/are they consolable
4. Do they have a persistent fever

Listen in as I explain these rules and the following 10 Topics:

  • Headaches
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Pink eye
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Rashes
  • Ear pain
  • Sore Throat
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Congestion/cough
  • Fever 

Follow me at @pedsdoctalk on Instagram, if you are not already for more educational tips and parenting inspiration. 

Apr 30, 2020
8: Meditation for Kids

Mindfulness and Meditation is something near and dear to me. Not only do I incorporate this into my life, but I preach the importance of living a mindful life to parents and children. 

As we are deep into the COVID-19 Pandemic, it becomes more apparent how important mindfulness is. Not only to navigate big events like pandemics, but also the day-to-day events that can rob us of peace and joy. 

On this episode, I speak with Tejal Patel (@tejalvpatel).

She is a divorce attorney turned certified mindfulness, meditation, and Ayurveda advocate for moms and kids. She is the host of the Time-In Talks Podcast and has a great course called #kidscanmeditate.

She just released a NEW BOOK which I am in love with called Meditation for Kids- 40 Activities to Manage Emotions, Ease Anxiety, and Stay Focused.

And let me tell you, it’s so fun and vibrant that even ADULTS will want to learn to meditate with this book.

We talk all about her journey, her book, and why we both feel mindfulness is important for parents and children.

We truly believe that raising mindful children can make the world a better place. 

Here is a link to her must-have book

Apr 20, 2020
7: Eczema 101

Get ready to get the basis info on eczema! What it is, why it happens, and ways to manage it.

As a general Pediatrician, I see TONS of eczema. Some mild, some moderate, some very severe. I always manage it the best we can in our office before sending patients to a specialist.

But how do you know when you need to see an allergist for eczema?

On this week’s episode, I speak with Dr. Shreya Patel (@shreyapatelmd).

She is a mom and Allergist/Immunologist who owns her own private practice.

We chat all about Eczema 101:

  • What does eczema looks like?
  • Are some children predisposed to eczema?
  • Are there preventable measures? 
  • When should a child see an allergist for their eczema?
  • What would workup entail at the allergist?
  • What are some basic skincare tips for eczema?

Eczema is THE most common chronic skin condition I see in my office and it was such a pleasure discussing this topic with Dr. Patel.

Please make sure to follow us @pedsdoctalk and @shreyapatelmd on INSTAGRAM o continue the discussion! 

Apr 13, 2020
BONUS Episode: Anxiety in the time of COVID-19

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, anxiety is high. 

As we settle into our "new normal," the transition can be difficult. Anxiety and grief are common feelings that can be felt around the world. 

On this episode I speak with mother and licensed mental health counselor, Bryce Reddy.

Bryce has a Instagram handle (@mombrain.therapist) where she shares advice for new moms and seasoned moms to help them navigate the ups and downs of motherhood.

We speak about ways to cope during this pandemic. Whether you're working on the front lines, working from home, a stay at home mother, or an expecting will definitely learn some ways to help cope with the anxiety and uncertainty at this time. 

Make sure to follow @pedsdoctalk on Instagram if you are not already. 

Apr 09, 2020
6: The Fussy Newborn

I personally don't like the word  "colic" when talking about a newborn. Babies fuss and some fuss more than others. A fussy baby can be extremely difficult to take care of as sometimes it may seem nothing can soothe them. 
 In this episode, I discuss:

  • The definition of colic and why I don't like labeling a fussy baby as "colicky."
  • Infant gas. Why it happens and how to help babies.
  • Tips to soothe a fussy baby
  • When to be concerned about a baby who is inconsolable
  • The psychological impact of taking care of a fussy infant and the correlation I see between postpartum depression/anxiety and colic.
  • Some tips to help you through those tough moments. 

I have been there too and I hope through sharing some of my experiences with our own son, you will find some guidance in finding a plan that works for your baby.

Please make sure if you are exhibiting signs of postpartum depression/anxiety, you seek medical attention. It's important for mommas to take care of themselves. 


Apr 06, 2020
5: Raising an Intuitive Eater

I talk to Pediatric Dietitian, Jessica Gust, about ways to raise an intuitive eater.

Jessica has an amazing Instagram account ( where she shares tips on nutrition, picky eating, and any common concern you would have in regards to feeding your child.

She also has resources on her website including how to introduce solids and easy meal ideas for kids using pantry/frozen foods (timely for the COVID-19 Pandemic).

Jessica and I chat about ways to raise an intuitive eater and what it means to be an intuitive eater. Allowing your child to have a positive relationship with food is important and we hope this episode can lay a healthy foundation for feeding your child. 

Make sure to follow us on Instagram @pedsdoctalk and

Mar 31, 2020
BONUS Episode: Keep Calm and Social Distance On

This is your weekly COVID-19 Update for the week of March 23rd. As a reminder, this is an ever-changing topic. This episode was recorded on March 26th. If you haven’t listened to the last update, “I Got My Mind on the COVID and the COVID on My Mind” listen to that as well.

On this weeks episode: Keep Calm and Social Distance On I discuss the following:

  • Reiterate how the virus spreads
  • When to contact your doctor
  • What to do if you get infected
  • What social distancing SHOULD be like in the US. Hint: It does not include picnics in parks
  • Why this is everyone's issue and NOT just hot spots like New York, Washington, Louisiana, and California
  • Updates on treatments in progress/trials 
  • Pregnant women and why hospitals may restrict birthing partners
  • How we hope to keep Ryaan and ourselves safe in a two-physician household
  • Impact this pandemic can have on children (including the increase in child and domestic abuse)
  • Answer questions from my COVID-19 QandA box on my Instagram account @pedsdoctalk

AFTER recording this episode (didn’t I tell you that this is an ever-evolving situation?) I came upon this article:

We’re still not sure if a mother infected with COVID can transmit to baby OR did baby get it after birth due to contact, so erring on monitoring pregnant mothers and close monitoring of mothers who are COVID-19 positive. 

Make sure to follow me @pedsdoctalk on Instagram for more 

Here are some resources/references

Data sources

Therapies under investigation in the US

Birthing rules during pandemic

1-800-4-A-Child: If you are a victim of abuse, are concerned somebody is getting abused, or are concerned you may abuse someone.

Food Insecurity

Antibody testing?

Mar 27, 2020
4: I Just Had a Baby! Now What?

Having a new baby is tough, but I hope this episode makes it a little bit easier. Our son is now three months old and I want to share some of the tricks of the trade (from my personal and professional experience) to get you through the whirlwind that is---THE FOURTH TRIMESTER. 

To all my mommas currently pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic, I sincerely hope this episode will help ease your mind and make you feel better about that transition into the fourth trimester. Being a new mom is already hard and this pandemic truly does add another layer. 

I discuss:

  • Getting to know your baby's temperament 
  • Understanding sleepy, feeding, and ready-to-play cues
  • Ways to engage with your baby from a developmental standpoint
  • Baby care
  • Safety
  • Visitors
  • Strategies to set a foundation for self-soothing and sleep
  • When to seek medical attention 

As a disclaimer, this is medical education and all concerns should be discussed with your child's healthcare clinician. Your Pediatrician will likely also discuss other reasons to follow up depending on your child's medical history and exam. 

Mar 23, 2020
BONUS Episode: I Got My Mind on the COVID and the COVID on My Mind.

Well that escalated quickly.
This episode is a weekly update for the week of March 16th. AND IT WAS A DOOZY! 

Every day, more and more about this virus comes out. Who's effected? What testing needs to be done? How can I protect myself? And what the hell is social distancing? It's all so confusing. 

The fact that things constantly are changing and we don't have an endpoint to this only adds to anxiety.

I hear you. It's tough out there, friends.

On this episode I discuss a weekly update. 

  • I discuss how we got here. Looking at where we were three weeks ago
  • I discuss the research study coming out of China in regards to children and COVID-19 and how it's important to understand we are all affected by this, but it's not a cause of panic.

Take a listen. If you have any other questions, follow me @pedsdoctalk and ask your questions on the post for today. As always, information is always changing. This podcast was recorded the afternoon of March 19th. 

Here is a list of EPA approved products for COVID-19:

Here is some GOOD going on around the world in regards to COVID-19:

Mar 20, 2020
BONUS Episode: Coping with Italy's COVID-19 lockdown

I am so honored to speak with Gloria, who is living in Northern Italy with her husband and son during the COVID-19 lockdown. We connected on Instagram and she agreed to speak with me. We leave facts and politics aside and discuss what it feels like being there... mother-to-mother. 

Our hope is that we can spread a message of positivity. That we can spread hope at a time when the entire world is struggling. That we can spread the message to promote #socialdistancing until we see this virus contained. 

In Italy, they have began hanging pictures of rainbows on their balconies with the phrase "Andra Tutto Bene" which translates to "Everything Will be Fine." As they are in lockdown, it allows people to see this symbol of happiness and positivity. 

Together, we hope that you can find ways to help your community during this time. It's the only way we can get through it. We all cope with stress differently and we hope you can channel that stress towards helping one-another. 

Mar 18, 2020
1: Introduction to the Pedsdoctalk Podcast

I am a Pediatrician and momma on a mission to educate and inspire modern parents. 

In this episode, find out what motivated me to start Pedsdoctalk on Instagram and ultimately expand to this podcast. 

Mar 16, 2020
2: 15 Things We Need to Stop Doing As Parents

Through the years, I have taken care of many different types of families. Through this, I have seen the actions that parents do that have both positive and negative impacts on children. Listen in as I talk about behavior modifications we can make as parents that can impact the emotional and social development of our children. 

Make sure to follow @pedsdoctalk on Instagram for more. 

Mar 16, 2020
3: Should I Take My Child to the Emergency Room?

When your child is sick, it's never easy. What's harder is determining if that issue warrants an ER visit or a visit to your Pediatrician.

On this episode, Dr. Ruchika Jones (@pedsdcoc_md on Instagram) and I discuss common reasons we see parents in the ER.

Topics include:
1. Difficulty breathing
2. Allergic reactions
3. Broken Bones
4. Deep wound/lacerations
5. Burns
6. Vomiting/diarrhea
7. Head injuries
8. Skin and soft tissue infections (abscesses)
9. Fever

The most important thing is remembering that nobody will EVER fault your for bringing your child in to be evaluated. As always, this content is for medical education and does not encompass every reason a child can be seen in the ER. 

Mar 16, 2020
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