You’ve heard from the doctor. It might be a postcard in the mail. Perhaps a “robo” call, text or an email. The doctor’s office is reaching out to you, informing you that your child is due for a well checkup. By asking parents to please call the office to schedule the visit, there is literally
Mom or dad is pushing the stroller down the bundle of joy inside the stroller. One hand of the parent pushes the stroller while the other hand holds a cell phone. Something engaging must be on that piece of glorified plastic because rather than interacting with the child, the parent is preoccupied with whatever is
Symbols. The ancient world had symbols for fertility, wealth, birth and death. Today’s world is replete with them. The blue-and- white wheelchair occupied by a stick figure. The red circle with a line imposed over a black lit cigarette. The peace sign. The list is endless. The power of symbols endures because symbols are creative,
A parent — this time, a United States war veteran — inadvertently left his one-year old set of twins in a hot car in New York City on Friday, which resulted in their deaths by heatstroke. I’m in pain, and as a pediatrician, father, and grandfather, I want to prevent any more of these kinds
I love it when it happens. Sometimes, parents-to-be (a couple expecting their first child) call, asking to meet with me in person. Their bundle of joy is on the way and they want to speak face-to-face prior to the arrival of their newborn and the subsequent first check-up. In the language of pediatrics, it is
Just a few short weeks ago, I celebrated 35 years of living in America and being an American citizen. 35 years. I have spent more time in my adopted country than in South Africa, my country of birth. Since the 4th of July is imminent, I am taking the opportunity to reflect on this extraordinary
School is winding down and summer vacation is gearing up. This country’s valued tradition of the long summer break in this country from school — in South Africa, where I was raised, children’s summer vacation from school is less than six weeks – is necessary for the physical, mental and emotional well being of children.
As I pen these lines, Shavuos is practically upon us. Wasn’t it just a few short moments ago that we were preparing for Pesach? Here comes another beautiful Jewish holiday, replete with prayers, food and, yes, family time. There will be lots of family togetherness during this 3-day Yom Tov. Yet some people are, frankly
It seems like only yesterday when you brought in your precious bundle of joys for their first well visits. Then you brought them regularly through their infant, toddler and school years for their well visits, making sure they grow and develop normally and receive their vaccines. Parents are on top of well visits during the
Last week’s tragedy in Lakewood was horrific. A nearly 2-year old beautiful girl was unintentionally left in the car and died from vehicular heat stroke. In other words, she was left in a locked car which rapidly heated up – and the outside temperature was only 69 degrees. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident.