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Hylton I. Lightman, MD, DCH (SA), FAAP

Dr. Hylton I. Lightman is a senior statesman amongst pediatricians, an internationally-recognized authority and diagnostician, a public speaker, expert witness and go-to resource for health issues in the Orthodox Jewish community and beyond. Originally from South Africa, he started his current practice, Total Family Care of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway, PC in 1987. Dr. Lightman is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). Over the years, Dr. Lightman has served in a number of leadership roles: director of the adult allergy clinic at Louis Lasky Center, director of pediatric allergy and asthma at Queens General Hospital, and co-director of pediatric and adult outpatient allergy at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Dr. Lightman is also a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. In addition, he is actively involved in teaching pediatric and family nurse practitioners through Columbia University, Pace University, Lehmann College, and Molloy College, as well as mentoring physician assistants through Touro College. As the Medical Director and a practicing physician, Dr. Lightman has an accessible and friendly manner with parents and children alike. He holds himself and the whole practice to the highest standards of medical excellence, whether it be a simple camp physical or a child with serious symptoms. He can be reached at drlightman@totalfamilycaremd.com

Winter 2020 – The Virus

Winter 2020 — The virus Hylton I Lightman MD DCH(SA) FAAP It’s been quite the sick season and it’s not even the middle of February yet. Your child is coughing or sneezing. The runny nose. The fever which can make even the most rambunctious child into an endearingly pathetic creature. Waiting rooms in pediatric and

“My child wants”

Things must have shifted in society-at-large and my pediatric office is a small microcosm where a different phenomenon is emerging.  Allow me to explain.  Pediatricians are, for the most part, warm, friendly, kids-centric people.  Not every child wants to come to the pediatrician’s office.  That’s normal, also for the most part.     So years

You Can Do It – Confident Parenting 101

“Yikes, Dr. Lightman. Chanukkah is coming. There’s a family get together. Yes, it’s fun but…my kids are not picture perfect. My extended family might see my children acting out. What’s a parent to do?” I remember those days. Somehow, our kids don’t “perform” just because we ring a bell. Family get togethers can be loaded

The Overuse of Antibiotics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 30% of antibiotics in this country are overprescribed and are unnecessary.  Why?  Antibiotics are wonderfully important, especially when necessary.  The world should express gratitude to Sir Alexander Flemming (1881-1955) for inventing the world’s first antibiotic substance benzylpenicillin (Penicillin G) from the mold called

The case for the flu vaccine for flu season 2019-2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all people ages 6+ months should receive the flu vaccine.  In other words, this includes babies, toddlers, school age children, adolescents, young adults, pregnant adults, middle-aged adults and older adults.     Why is the flu vaccine important for your children and you and your

The White Coat

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,