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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

You’ve Got to “Hand” It to Your Kids

You have read the title and must be thinking, “What in the world is Dr. Lightman writing about now?” Hands?  Is this about our handing over the reins of leadership from one generation to the next? Eventually, yes.  But that’s not what this is about.  I am bringing to your attention something basic and fundamental

Friendships and the Early Years of Life

On the cuteness scale of 1-10, it’s a 12. I’m talking about watching toddlers and small children play together. Or two children are on the same mat, each doing his own thing. It’s a delight to behold. These friendships and relationships are an important part of a child’s development. They are so important that they

What Your Posture Says About You

I bet I’m not alone on this one. Raise the metaphorical hand if, when you were growing up, your parent or grandparent poked a finger in your back, admonishing to stand taller and straighter. Both my late mother A”H and grandmother A”H did it to me. More than once. Good posture means being aware of

Winter Break is Almost Here – Are You Ready?

As I write, our teenagers are engaged in midterms, hanging onto to the sliver of the proverbial sunrise on the horizon called winter break or Yeshiva Vacation Week. Jerusalem. Miami. Vail. Acapulco. St. Moritz. No matter the continent, whether it’s warm or cold or you’re staying home, you need to prepare to assure a win-win.

The Nearly Forgotten: Children of Divorce

Recently, a mother said to me, “I made two smart decisions in my life, Dr. Lightman. The first was to get married and the second was to divorce. At least I have three beautiful children.” Indeed, her children are beautiful, inside and out. But are they going to be whole? With their childhoods compromised –

Building Resiliency in Children and Adolescents

Today’s world is filled with stress and uncertainty.  The recent tsunami in Indonesia.  The terrorist attacks in Israel.  Fires in California.  The Pittsburgh massacre.  And the increasing number of attacks on visibly Jewish Jews.  Is it any wonder that children, adolescents and adults of all ages are riddled with anxiety? The unfortunate fact is stress

Walking and Driving with Caution

Dr. Richard Friedman, a Cedarhurst surgeon and founder of a Manhattan branch of the Hatzalah ambulance service, was struck and killed by a car late Saturday afternoon as he walked on a Lawrence, NY, street. The tragic event on Erev Hanukkah which claimed the life of Dr. Richard Friedman A”H brings into 20/20 focus the importance of walking and

Our World Has Changed

Our world changed this past Shabbos. Permanently. And not for the better. We heard the news of the massacre in the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh. Actually, forget calling it a massacre and let’s call it what it really was — a pogrom, because it was planned with malice

It’s All in a Name

I’ve been thinking about this article for a while.  Actually, I’ve wanted to write about it for a long time.  It bothers me. “It” is calling me by my first name. It’s happened in my office.  During office hours.  By some of my patients and their parents.  The parents are young enough to be my