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
44: Setting Boundaries with Loved Ones

"Daring to set boundaries is about having the courage to love ourselves, even when we risk disappointing others." -Brene Brown 

Why is it so hard to set boundaries with our relatives? Why is it important to set these boundaries? 

On today's episode I welcome Jenny Mehrer. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (On Instagram as @jennywestmehrerlmft) who joins me to talk about boundary setting with our loved ones. 

We discuss:

  • Why we have difficulty setting boundaries with loved ones
  • Why lack of boundary setting can cause friction in families
  • Why lack of boundary setting can cause behavioral issues in children 
  • First steps in creating boundaries
  • How we can communicate to our parents who differ in various parenting philosophies 
  • How to create boundaries during the holidays and surrounding COVID precautions

Tune in for this very important episode. Follow @jennywestmehrerlmft and @pedsdoctalk to continue the conversation! 

Nov 18, 2020
43: Percentiles, BMI, and Body Image: We're More Than Just a Number on the Scale.

A healthy body image is one of the most important things I want to teach our children. How they look at their bodies, how they view food, and how they value themselves more than how they look is so important. 

The medical community is guilty of causing issues with body image on how we sometimes report weight, percentiles, and BMI. The medical community doesn't take into consideration genetics and various body types when they come up with these "standards of health."

On this episode, I welcome back Jessica Gust. She is a mother and Pediatric Dietician ( on Instagram). 

We discuss when percentiles are helpful, how they should be used, why we both don't love BMIs, how we tie in eating habits to body image, and how we can create a healthy body image for our children.

Tune in to learn so much on this very important topic. 

Remember to follow @pedsdoctalk and on Instagram to finish the conversation. 

Nov 11, 2020
42: Everybody Poops! Potty Training Basics

On this episode I welcome Allison, the owner and founder of The Potty Training Consultant (@pottytrainingconsultant on Inatagram), to discuss the basics of potty training. 

She is a mother of two and her company has helped thousands of families around the world in their potty training journey. 

We discuss: 

  • The average age of potty training in America
  • Signs of readiness
  • A couple methods to consider
  • How to determine which method may be best for your child
  • What a parent should do if their child is resistant to potty training
  • What are some barriers to potty training 

Tune is as we talk about potty training basics! 

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

Nov 04, 2020
41: 15 Ways We Can Be More Like Kids

Simply put, we can learn a lot from kids. They are the greatest teachers and I often find that when we are feeling the weight of the world on our shoulders, children can be the ones to make us feel like ourselves again. They are honest, they are full of love, and they are not afraid to be themselves! We can learn a lot more from kids! 

In this episode, I share 15 ways we can be more like kids. Characteristics I love most about kids that inspire me every day to be a better adult. 

Tune in and as always follow me @pedsdoctalk on Instagram if you are not already! 

Oct 28, 2020
40: Infant Reflux and Constipation

Infant spit up, reflux, and constipation are common. When severe, it can be really overwhelming to a parent. 

On this episode, I welcome Dr. GI Joe (Dr. Joanna) who is a pediatric Gastroenterologist ( on Instagram). 

We discuss infant reflux and constipation. 

  • Why does spit up happen?
  • What is the difference between spit up and reflux?
  • When are medications needed for reflux?
  • When does reflux get better?
  • What are some basic reflux precautions after feedings?
  • What is infant dyschezia?
  • Is all straining constipation?
  • What are some basic remedies for constipation?
  • What are some red flags when it comes to baby poop?

Tune in to listen to a great discussion on the infant gut! Make sure to follow and pedsdoctalk to continue the conversation!

Oct 21, 2020
39: It's OK to Not be OK: Breaking the Stigma on Maternal Mental Health

It’s 2020. Why is there still a stigma surrounding mental health?! Especially around maternal mental health? 

Women are celebrated for doing it all.

Society tells us we can juggle it all, when in reality it is IMPOSSIBLE to do it all without help.

Postpartum is the most critical time in a mother’s life. A baby is born, but so is a mother.

We still tend to forget about mom when the baby arrives. How does that make a woman feel?

Their body has changed, their hormones are all over place, and they are now responsible for caring for a new human being.

We cannot underestimate the weight of this transition in a woman’s life. 

We cannot diminish the emotional weight postpartum carries and motherhood carries. 

We cannot tell women to brush their feelings under the rug.

We need to be open about postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety so women know the signs and symptoms to look out for.

I am so honored to speak to Dr. Pooja Lakshmin (@womensmentalhealthdoc on Instagram. She is a Perinatal Psychiatrist and contributor for the NY Times.

We speak about “Mom martyr mode,” Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, and how to know when you need to talk to someone about your mental health. 

Our hope is to break the stigma surrounding maternal mental health. Understanding things are not okay take strength. Getting help takes strength. We want to normalize therapy and the medications and diagnosis of postpartum anxiety and depression. 

Follow us @pedsdoctalk and @womensmentalhealthdoc to continue the conversation.


Dr. Laksmin is also starting an online community called the Gemma Project, to empower mothers and guide them in their postpartum mental health journey. For more details, visit:

Oct 14, 2020
38: Breastfeeding Basics

There is nothing really basic about breastfeeding. Although it is something many women do, it is not easy by any means.

Production, finding the right latch, and pain can all be common hurdles in establishing breastfeeding and enjoying the experience. 

On this episode, I welcome Melissa Mancini (@more_than_milk on Instagram). She is a mother of two, registered nurse, and certified lactation consultant. 

She answers breastfeeding and pumping questions such as: 

  • How can a mother best prepare herself postpartum for BF?
  • What are some must haves for a mother who is choosing to BF?
  • What is the physiology behind BF?
  • Why does cluster feeding happen?
  • What is better? Feeding on demand or feeding on a schedule?
  • When can we introduce a pacifier?
  • What are the biggest hurdles to establishing BF?
  • What can a mother do about pain with BF?
  • Are nipple shields okay?
  • When should we incorporate pumping, especially if a mother is going back to work?
  • How often should a mother pump?
  • What is powerpumping?

Tune in to learn more about breastfeeding and pumping basics from Melissa! 
Follow her at @more_than_milk to learn more about breastfeeding in a supportive and empowering way! 

Oct 07, 2020
37: Let's Go Viral: Parenting in a Pandemic

We are 6 months into the COVID-19 Pandemic and parents around the world are balancing more than they ever have had to.

Work, distance-learning, daycare, COVID risk, your own well-being, and the safety of their families. Decision fatigue IS REAL. 

Parenting is tough, but Parenting in a Pandemic is even tougher. 

I welcome Dr. Kelly Fradin (@adviceigivemyfriends on Instagram). She is also the author of the new book: Parenting in a Pandemic. 

We have a Pediatrician to Pediatrician conversation about COVID, flu, and bronchiolitis, when to seek care, how each of them can present, testing, return to daycare and school, and navigating viral season in a pandemic as parents. 

We hope this episode empowers you to get through this pandemic--and take care of yourselves so you can take care of your little ones. 

Dr. Fradin also discusses portions of her book, which is available NOW. 


Follow @adviceigivemyfriends and @pedsdoctalk to continue the conversation and get more COVID/parenting tips!

Thank you to Lark Adventurewear for sponsoring this episode.
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Use promo code Pedsdoc15 at checkout to save 15% off your first order! 

Sep 30, 2020
36: The Deets on Baby Teeth

In honor of teething week on my Instagram, I welcome Dr. Erin Isaac, Pediatric Dentist and @dr_erin on Instagram.

We have a great discussion about Pediatric Dental Health. We discuss: 

  • When should babies see the dentist?
  • What is typically done at these early visits?
  • When should a parent start brushing and flossing and how?
  • Is fluoride okay? What if there is fluoride in drinking water?
  • What are risk factors for developing cavities?
  • What do you do if a tooth falls out?
  • How can a parent prep their child for a dentist visit?
  • How can a parent help the dentist do their job as seamlessly as possible?

Tune in to hear the answers to all of these questions and so much more.

Follow @dr_erin for more information on your child's dental health and for inspiration as a practice owner. 

FOR MORE information on all things teething, visit my Instagram @Pedsdoctalk. I will save all useful info to my Story Highlight-Dental Health. 

Thank you to Lark Adventurewear for sponsoring this episode.
Visit to shop. Use promo code Pedsdoc15 at checkout to save 15% off your first order! 

Sep 23, 2020
35: Parenting Our Littles When They Have Big Emotions

Kids. They are adorable. Until you give them a red crayon instead of a yellow one and all of a sudden that adorable kid is screaming in your face. 

Childhood tantrums can be draining. So I invited Deena and Kristin (the masterminds behind the popular Instagram account, @BigLittleFeelings) to discuss all things toddler tantrums.

Kristin is a mother of two and Deena is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has studied neurobiology and childhood development. Together, they provide amazing resources for caregivers in navigating those difficult moments with toddlers.

Tune in to find out how to be the calm, cool, and collected leader of your house with effective and loving boundary setting. 

We discuss real-life situations and provide examples on how to navigate them to help your child cope with those Big Little Feelings. 

Make sure to follow @pedsdoctalk and @biglittlefeelings on Instagram to learn more about childhood wellness. 

If you want more, check out for a link to their popular tantrum course! 

Sep 16, 2020
34: Febrile Seizures and Infantile Spasms

I welcome Dr. Carey Wilson, a Pediatric Neurologist with specialized training in epilepsy to discuss two common concerns in pediatric neurology: Febrile Seizures (fever seizure) and infantile spasms. Dr. Wilson has her own podcast called Child Neuro Chat where she shares educational information on all things Pediatric Neurology. 

We discuss the bread and butter of both of these conditions. 

  • What are febrile seizures?
  • Why are some children prone to them and some are not?
  • Is there a genetic predisposition? 
  • What age do you usually see them get better? 
  • What is the difference between simple and complex febrile seizures?
  • When should a parent call 911? When should they go to the ER?
  • What should a parent do if they see their child seizing? 
  • What workup would be done in the hospital or with a neurologist? 
  • What age do children outgrow them?
  • Are antipyretics necessary to give around the clock?
  • What are infantile spasms?
  • What is the prognosis?

This episode is for educational purposes and is not medical advice.

Follow us on Instagram @pedsdoctalk and @childneurochat

Sep 09, 2020
33: Wheezes and Sneezes!

Tune in to hear all of your common questions about asthma and seasonal allergies with Dr. Manisha Relan.
 Dr. Relan (@pedsallergymd on Instagram) is an Allergist and Immunologist and mother. 
 We discuss common misconceptions about asthma and seasonal allergies. 

  • How is asthma defined? 
  • What are symptoms of asthma?
  • Can a cough be asthma?
  • Does bronchiolitis predispose someone to asthma?
  • Is it genetic?
  • Is there an association with eczema?
  • What are the formal evaluations for asthma?
  • Is there a difference between a nebulizer and inhaler?
  • Are inhaled steroids safe?
  • What are symptoms of season allergies?
  • Can a 6 month old have seasonal allergies?
  • What are the medicines available for seasonal allergies

Tune in to learn so much about asthma and seasonal allergies. 
 Make sure to follow Dr. Relan on Instagram @pedsallergymd 

Sep 02, 2020
32: Busting Vaccine Myths with Science

On this episode, I welcome Alison and Layla. Two of the scientists and mothers behind Scimoms. Scimoms is an evidence-based platform that shares content for parents. From vaccines to food myths to the environment, they provide up-to-date scientific information on your most common concerns as a parent.

Visit them at
Follow them @scimoms on Instagram 
Tweet them @scimoms on Twitter

We discuss how to approach evidence-based vaccine information, where NOT to turn to for information on vaccines, why we vaccinate our children, the vaccine schedule, why spacing is not recommended, and bust common myths we hear about vaccines. 

Listen along for a science-based discussion on vaccines.

For more reading about vaccines visit these reputable websites:


Aug 26, 2020
31: The Lowdown on Vaccines with Two Pediatrician Moms

In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, I welcome Dr. Nicole Baldwin. She is a fellow general Pediatrician and mother and we have a heart to heart about vaccines. The myths we hear, how we approach vaccine hesitancy, the reason we vaccinate ourselves, our children, and why we promote vaccination for our patients.

Tune in to get the REAL DEAL on vaccines from two mothers and two Pediatricians who want the best for all children. 

This episode is part one of two episodes about vaccines. On episode 32, I break down the science of vaccines with Scimoms as we bust myths surrounding vaccines even further. 

Make sure to follow @dr.nicolebaldwin on Instagram
@drnicolebaldwin on Tik Tok
@NicoleB_MD on Twitter
and @DrNicoleBaldwin on Facebook

Aug 26, 2020
30: The Formula of Infant Formula

Choosing an infant formula can be extremely confusing. There are so many to choose from that a new parent can be left confused in the middle of the aisle when deciding on which one is best. 

I welcome Dr. Bridget Young, who has a PhD in nutrition and studies the composition of breastmilk and formula. She has an amazing website and Instagram account to educate parents on informed formula decisions.

Parents are often confused about the ingredients in infant formulas, so I welcome Dr. Young to speak about these misconceptions. 

We discuss some of the most common questions I get asked about formulas:

  • Is the regulation process in the US thorough for infant formulas?
  • Are European formulas better?
  • What are the protein sources in formula? Why does it matter? 
  • Why do formulas have corn syrup? Is it okay for baby? 
  • What about prebiotics and probiotics in formula? Beneficial?
  • What are signs a baby may not be tolerating a formula? 
  • When would a baby need soy formula?
  • What are partially hydrolyzed formulas? 
  • What are examples of extensively hydrolyzed formulas? 
  • How can a parent approach reading a formula label?
  • What are some good formulas to start with? Are there any "bad" formulas?
  • Are organic formulas better? 
  • Does powder versus ready-to-made matter? 

Tune in as we hash out these questions. Make sure to follow @pedsdoctalk and @babyformulaexpert to continue the conversation.

Dr. Young's team also has a formula educational course for parents and medical professionals! Visit her website for more info:

Aug 19, 2020
29: Baby's Best Friend: Creating a Healthy Bond Between Dogs and Kids

Dogs are a part of many families and it's important we remember their needs as we raise our children alongside of them.

On this episode, I welcome Michelle. She is a mother, certified professional dog trainer, and founder of Pooch Parenting. She helps families navigate many issues to create a healthy relationship between dogs and kids. Here are some of the questions we discuss: 

  • What can families do to prepare their dog for the arrival of a new baby?
  • What are some of the biggest mistakes new parents make when acclimating their dog to a new baby?
  • What are some worrisome signs in a dog that they may not be acclimating well to the arrival of a new baby?
  • Is licking a baby okay?
  • How can we teach a child to gently interact with dog?
  • Where do we start with dog barking?
  • How can I best prevent dog bites? 

Make sure to follow Michelle @poochparenting on Instagram for more dog training tips. She also has courses and an online membership community called Thriving Parents Membership where you can get more support for your doggie and child behavior needs. 

Follow me @pedsdoctalk for more!

Aug 12, 2020
28: What to Expect When You're Expecting: Your Top Questions for a Pediatrician

Being a new parent is an amazing experience.

One filled with a lot of joy, some worry, and a whole lot of questions.

On this episode, I'm happy to welcome one of my followers from my Instagram @pedsdoctalk. She was 33 weeks pregnant with her first child at the time of the recording and she had a list of questions in regards of what to expect as a new parent. 

  • How do we find a Pediatrician? 
  • How long does baby stay in the hospital?
  • Who examines baby in the hospital?
  • What tests are done in the hospital?
  • What about circumcisions?
  • How to care for the umbilical cord postpartum?
  • What about breastfeeding tips?
  • What about formula?
  • Can we introduce pacifiers?
  • What about screen-time?

We also spend the last portion of the episode discussing COVID, so if you are listening to this episode AFTER the COVID-19 pandemic, you can just stop it before that portion.

If you haven't already, listen to episodes 4 and 6 of the podcast which can be helpful to new parents as well. 

As always, make sure to follow me @pedsdoctalk to continue the conversation. 

Aug 05, 2020
27: Whoa, Baby! Common Questions about Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum

I welcome Labor and Delivery Nurse and Instagram phenom, @mommy.labornurse to discuss your common questions about labor, delivery, and postpartum.

Liesel is also 36 weeks pregnant with her second child at the time of the recording. We discuss how she is approaching her delivery this time around, what she's looking forward to, how she's staying safe being pregnant in a pandemic, what we both wish we had known prior to delivering, and your common questions submitted on my Instagram @pedsdoctalk!

  • How best can I advocate for myself during labor, especially during a pandemic? (Ill chime in about COVID precautions)
  • What are some C-section must-haves?
  • What are some vaginal delivery postpartum must-haves?
  • How can I maximize BF success postpartum?
  • How to care for stitches postpartum?

Listen is as we have a fun discussion about the joys of pregnancy, delivery, and motherhood! 

Follow us @pedsdoctalk and @mommy.labornurse on Instagram to continue the conversation!

Aug 05, 2020
26: Babies are Fascinating--A Review of The Netflix Documentary: Babies

If you know me already, you know how much I love children. Not only are they cute, but they are extremely intelligent.

On this episode I review the Documentary Series on Netflix: "Babies." This is a docuseries showing infant and child developmental researchers from around the world as they explain just how awesome babies are. They follow 15 families through their journey to show us how babies think, act, and move. 

I discuss the key studies they present, add my own feelings on how it applies to my knowledge of babies, and share what studies I wish they would talk more about next season. 

Infant and childhood development is fascinating and babies are fascinating too!

Here are some of the amazing questions that I will answer with the help of this documentary:

  • Are mothers the only ones who bond strongly with their infant? What about fathers? Or situations where it's a same-sex couple? 
  • How important is the gut microbiome?
  • Is crawling an innate ability?
  • How do babies learn words?
  • What effect does sleep have on development?
  • Do walking babies learn words differently than crawling babies?
  • Do babies prefer familiar faces?
  • Do newborns understand their movements have purpose?
  • Are babies inclined to certain foods based on what their mother drank during pregnancy?
  • How important is joint attention?
  • How do nature and nurture impact who we are?
  • Are toddlers innate helpers? 

Make sure to follow me at @pedsdoctalk on Instagram for more about infant and child development 

Jul 29, 2020
25: Is Our Food Dangerous? Busting Myths about Food Science

I welcome Erin--a chemical engineer and food scientist and she helps me bust some myths about food science.

She has an amazing Instagram account @foodsciencebabe where she shares evidence-based explanations of myths regarding food. 

Tune in as we discuss the following:

Is corn syrup bad?
Is baby rice cereal going to give my child arsenic poisoning?
Are there really heavy metals in baby food? Is it a problem?
Why do Cheerios get a bad rap?
Is organic food better? Is it better for the environment/
What is GMO? Is non-GMO really better? 
Is food coloring bad?
Is the EWG a science-based organization?
How is food regulated in the US?

Supplemental Reading:

Make sure to follow @pedsdoctalk and @foodsciencebabe on Instagram. 

Jul 22, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: The Pandemic of our Generation: Your Top COVID Questions for Summer 2020

It's been four months since the pandemic was declared and we are at the worst point its been in many states. 41 states in the US are seeing rising numbers. This virus is a DOOZY. It is as contagious as the common cold, keeps morphing and changing like the flu, and makes people sick as SARS viruses we have seen in the past.

On this episode, I do one large update on all of your common concerns and common concerns I hear in my office:

1. What are the symptoms? 

2. Should I get myself or my child tested? 

3. Who is consider higher risk?

4. What are the different types of tests and when should I get tested? Limitations to testing? 

5. Should I test myself before seeing family?
6. How can I reduce spread in my home if one person gets sick?
7. When can someone leave isolation/self quarantine
8. Are adults transmitting this more or children? 

9. When will this get better?
10. Is the spike because of increased testing?
11. What is the death rate? 

12. Do you think we will all get this?
13. Can I breastfeed with COVID?
14. Should I get pregnant?
15. Can grandparents see a baby? Visitors? 
16. Nanny precautions?
17. Why do you support daycares and not schools?
18. Can we attend weddings/large gatherings?
19. What about traveling?
20. What about going to swimming pools?
21. How to handle disagreements over COVID with family members?
22. What precautions should I take as frontline worker?
23. How to help ourselves and kids get through this? 
24. Acknowledging pandemic fatigue 

Jul 17, 2020
24: Approaching Difficult Conversations with Your Child

It's always hard to know where to start those conversations about difficult topics with your children. We often feel they may be too young or too innocent to have these conversations, but the reality is they are curious and curious minds deserve open conversation.

On this episode, I welcome Jelani Memory. He is an author, father, and owner of A Kids Book About. A publishing company geared towards having those difficult conversations with your children.

Some of the topics of their books include: Racism, Disabilities, Empathy, Bullying, Depression, Divorce, Body Image, Cancer, Anxiety, Feminism, Mindfulness, and so many more. The books are geared towards school aged children 5+.

Here's their website for more info!
Promo code: Pedsdoctalk through end of August for $5 off 

On this episode, Jelani and I speak about how parents can begin the conversation around difficult topics, some of the barriers he sees when starting these conversations, and we discuss the importance of having these conversations with our children.

Make sure to follow us @pedsdoctalk @akidsbookabout to continue the conversation 

Jul 15, 2020
23: 15 Things We Need to Stop Doing as Mothers

As a Pediatrician, I meet so many mothers in my office. Some of them seem to have it all together. They seem to be enjoying motherhood. Mothers who have figured out how to find joy even in the hardest of circumstances.

Others would come in and I could feel that they could use some more joy. They seem unhappy and stressed every single visit. I wish I could sit there and talk with THEM about motherhood, but in a Pediatric office time was already limited for the patient, let alone for me to dig more into how the mom was feeling.

In my dream practice, I would get hours with every visit to really get to know the baby and the mother. 

What do they feel is lacking? What makes them wake up content and ready to start another day of mothering? What would make them happier as a mom? What have they learned to let go of to live a more fulfilled life as a mother?

Mothering is hard work. I don’t think any woman on this planet has it all figured out. Even me--someone who uses this platform to give parenting and health advice—is not perfect and learns a lot every day about being a mother.

 But, what I have found are traits that bring me joy as a mom. Traits that bring those content mothers in my office joy as well.

Overall, I find that the mothers who are happiest are the ones that love themselves. They know what they need to work on it and are constantly emotionally growing alongside their child. 

There are many things we do as women and as mothers than can block our happiness. 

Tune in as I talk about 15 behaviors that we do as women/mothers that can rob us of our joy.

I lay down some tough love so we can become better versions of ourselves so we can find joy in the craziness that is motherhood.

Just as our children go through milestones and growth, we also grow through motherhood as well.

Follow @pedsdoctalk on Instagram to continue to conversation

Jul 09, 2020
22: Peanuts and Eggs and Food Allergies, Oh My!

I welcome back Dr. Shreya Patel, an Allergist and Immunologist. We spoke on episode 7 about Eczema 101 and she's back to talk all about FOOD ALLERGIES and FPIES. 

Parents are afraid of their child having a food allergy, but it is this fear that can cause them to delay the introduction of allergenic of foods which can increase chances of a food allergy.

What are the most common allergenic foods?
Can children outgrow food allergies?
When can you introduce allergenic foods?
What's the deal on allergenic food programs like Spoonful One, Ready Set Food, and Lil' Mixins?
What is FPIES? And what are the signs? 

Listen in as we answer these questions and so much more! 

Follow us on Instagram @pedsdoctalk and @shreyapatelmd to continue the conversation. 

Jun 24, 2020
21: Let's Eat! Introduction of Solids

I welcome Pediatric Dietician Caroline Weeks to discuss Introduction of Solids!

Caroline has an amazing Instagram account @theclinicdietician where she shares educational information regarding nutrition and introducing solids. She has a Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) academy as well.

We discuss introduction of solids in both the traditional method (purees) and BLW. Both methods can lead to healthy eating habits as long as you always listen to baby's hunger and fullness cues. 

What are signs of readiness?
What are some good foods to start with?
When can you introduce spices?
When can you introduce proteins?
What exactly is BLW?
How do you make BLW as safe as possible?
Can a family do a mix of purees and BLW?

Tune in as we talk all about my personal favorite thing to do--eating. 

Make sure you also listen to Episode 5: Raising an Intuitive Eater which is an important listen when introducing solids and approaching eating in general. 

Follow @pedsdoctalk and @theclinicdietician on Instagram to continue the conversation! 

Jun 24, 2020
20: Momma Needs Some Sleep!

On this last episode of my sleep series, I talk with six mothers. Six mothers who approached sleep in different ways with their children. 

I decided to do this episode for a few reasons:
1. To hear from real mothers about how they approached sleep-training for their child
2. To hear different methods
3. To hear how although the methods were different, they are loving mothers who are raising amazing children.

It really shouldn't matter how or when a parent chooses to sleep-train their child. Some do it early, some never do it, some wean feeds, some don't, some use cry-method and some prefer more gradual. All methods discussed are great methods I have seen work and it's important for me to share these women's strategies with all of you! 

If you haven't already, make sure to listen to episode 17,18 and 19 of the sleep series where I share more about why I recommend sleep-training, various methods, and an interview with a sleep consultant! 

Jun 17, 2020
19: A Conversation About Sleep with a Sleep Consultant

As part of my sleep series of podcast episodes, I wanted to welcome a sleep consultant. 

Sleep consultants are relatively new in the world of parenting. Over the past 10 years, they continue to gain in popularity. In Episode 18, I discuss my personal views on sleep consultants and if every family needs one to have a successfully sleeping child.

I am so happy to welcome Andrea, a sleep consultant (@babysleep.answers on Instagram). We have a great conversation about infant/child sleep.

We talk about sleep training (and sleep in general) including her thoughts on various methods and considerations when a family is deciding how to aid their child is self-settling. She also tackles common questions I get asked in regards to transitioning baby from a bassinet to a crib, naps, early wakings, and information on cry-methods of sleep training and methods with less crying. 

Tune in and make sure to also listen to episode 16, 17, and 18 as all episodes are jam-packed with useful info that pertains to sleep and sleep-training.

Follow us at @pedsdoctalk and @babysleep.answers to continue the conversation! 

Jun 17, 2020
18: Is It Too Late to Jump on the Sleep Train?

No. It's never too late. You can choose when you feel is best for you!

On this episode, I expand on episode 17 where I speak about various methods of sleep-training.

This episode speaks about OLDER kids (kids that may be coming out of the bed and are developmentally capable of understanding some rules). Likely the 2+ crowd. 

I speak about strategies to approach sleep with these kiddos and I also speak about common questions I get asked about sleep:

  • Naps
  • Swaddles
  • Sleep-training in the same room
  • Sleep regressions
  • Travel
  • Teething/illness
  • Early risers
  • Dream feeding 
  • Twins 

And I end with a final important message I want every parent to hear 

Jun 17, 2020
17: We're Losing Sleep Over Our Kids' Sleep

This is Episode 2 of a 5 part sleep/sleep-training series). 

On this episode Im discussing my views on sleep and sleep-training. I discuss how as a generation we are overthinking sleep in general compared to our parent's generation and thus sometimes lose sleep over it.

I discuss why I support sleep-training and the benefits it can provide for both the child and the parent. I also discuss various methods to help a child learn self-settling skills. You will hear methods that involve cry-methods and some that involve more gradual methods with less crying. 

I am aware that this episode doesn't nearly encompass ALL choices someone may make when sleep-training their child, but I just chose my favorite methods.

This episode is for education. It's for everyone to hear all the methods I have seen work and for a family to choose what is best for them and their family. 

I also spend some time at the end discussing how we approached sleep-training with our son. A method that worked for us and one that I am sharing as many of my followers were curious.

I hope as you listen to this episode, you listen with an open mind and an open heart. Understand and digest the various methods to find one (or a combo of some) that works for your family! 

Jun 17, 2020
16: Cry Babies: Cortisol Research and Secure Attachment

The world of parenting is very divided. Especially when it comes to sleep-training. There is a whole lot of judgement, when in the end a parent needs to choose what is best for them.

The reason why sleep-training is so confusing is that there truly is no right or wrong, contrary to what you may be told on social media. You can choose to sleep train or not. You can choose a cry-it-out method or not.

Every baby is different and may require a unique method. Every parent is different and they may be comfortable with one method or another.

The choice is truly up to the parent.

You can raise securely attached children in whatever method you choose.

On this episode, I welcome Dr. Brie Reid. She has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and studies stress and malnutrition in early childhood development.

We have a fascinating discussion about early childhood stress and cortisol research in children.

Research that has unfortunately been taken and misconstrued to say that infants/children should never cry in order for them to have secure attachment.

Research that has been misconstrued to say that any stress a child feels in infancy and childhood is not good for them, when in fact not all stress is detrimental.

Listen in as we discuss the impact this misconception can have on parenting including on maternal mental health, what exactly is considered toxic stress in childhood, and the importance in understanding that secure attachment can be obtained in many different parenting styles. 

This episode is an important segway for the other sleep episodes as I discuss MANY methods of sleep training, including ones that involve more crying than others.

This episode is not encouraging everyone to choose a cry-method of sleep-training because cry-methods don't work for every child and every parent. This is just to reassure those that do choose one that based on the evidence and our experience, there is no issue with choosing a cry-method of sleep training. 

We all need to stop judging one-another for these choices.

Parenting is NOT a one-size-fits-all approach

Further reading:

Jun 17, 2020
15: How Birth Trauma Changed My Life

"Make Your Mess Your Message."

Birth trauma is an experience no woman expects. It leads to overwhelming grief at a time when mothers are experiencing overwhelming joy. 

Six months later, I want to share more about my birth trauma. How I felt, what I learned, and how I will be forever changed as a Pediatrician, mom, and person. 

Our son was born on December 16th after a healthy pregnancy. We both spent time in the ICU with complications from birth.

If you haven't already, please head over to my Instagram @pedsdoctalk and read my birth story (Black and White Images) on my feed. 

I am making MY MESS MY MESSAGE by sharing with you what I wish people would know about birth trauma survivors. I hope to use my recovery through a traumatic experience to help you heal if you are also suffering from any kind of trauma. 

My hope is that if you have experienced trauma, this episode will resonate with you. If you know someone who is going through trauma, this may give you insight as well. And if you ever find yourself grieving in the future, I hope my words will always live with you. 

As always, head over to @pedsdoctalk on Instagram to follow me for more!

Jun 10, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: Addressing Racial Injustice With Your Child

As we process the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020, it's important we take the events that transpired and make a positive effort for long-lasting change.

I'm happy to welcome Dr. Tasha Brown, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. We talk about racial injustice in America and how to speak to children about what they may be seeing in the media. 

Where do you start in addressing these issues?
Should you turn off the media?
Why is understanding media bias important especially in racial issues?
How can we make meaningful change for racial equality?
Why does representation matter so much to minority communities? 
How can you foster activism in your child for the BLM movement or any social justice movement?
What are the long-term impacts of oppression and racism on a child?

Dr. Tasha Brown and I share our thoughts on these questions. As a Black-American professional, it was great hearing how she is navigating this time on a personal and professional level.  

Meaningful change means putting the work in and we hope this can be a starting point for you.

Please follow us @pedsdoctalk and @dr.tashabrown on Instagram to continue the conversation 

Jun 04, 2020
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) 
  • 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. 

Here is the AAP rec about sunscreen under 6 months (as mentioned in the recording):

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 

For the pink eye discussion, I talk about pink eye being overtreated. Here's a link to more information about pink eye and return to daycare.

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. 

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