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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

The 2018 Definitive Guide to the Flu Vaccine

A dreaded time of the year has arrived. Total Family Care [Dr. Lightman’s practice] diagnosed its first documented case of influenza for the 2018-2019 season on Sunday, October 7, 2018. It’s early in the season (generally, the flu is more likely to be diagnosed between the end of December through the middle of March) but

Developing the Antidote to Vaping, Juuling and Other Evils

There was good news but moments into the Jewish New Year. Last week, the day after Rosh HaShanah, our government’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that teenage use of electronic cigarettes had reached an “epidemic proportion.”  FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said that more than two million middle and high school students were regular

Hugging Your Teenager

Here’s a loaded question – When’s the last time you hugged your tween or teenager? It’s easy to hug babies. To a newborn, a parent’s love may be as important as food. They want to be hugged from the first moment of life. They’re so cute and vulnerable that you have to restrain yourself not

Back to School – The 2018 Primer

I love this time of the year. Back-to-School. It engenders warm, fuzzy feelings of optimism and hope as we embark on a new school year with the Jewish New Year not far behind. Even people who have “aged out” of this phase of back-to-school are caught up in this mood, which is pregnant with possibilities.

Putting Sugar in Its Place

You know the scenario. “May I have a treat, please?” “Just one more, Mommy. Just one more. I promise. That’s it. I PROMISE” This is about candy and nosh. It goes on in school. It goes on in camp. It goes on at home. Candy and nosh are everywhere. And it even goes on in

Inspiration from Seeming Despair

Last week, my wife and I visited Martef HaShoah or Chamber of the Holocaust, a small Holocaust museum located on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, opposite the Kever of King David. Appropriate to visit at any time, it was especially so during the Nine Days. And what an unlikely place to have found inspiration and even

Growing Your Family Through Pesach 2018

“Dr. Lightman.  Pesach is looming. It’s f-f-f-f-family time. And my children are not exactly picture perfect. What am I going to do?” I remember those days. My children are awesome but hardly perfect (my grandchildren are awesome and perfect). Somehow, our kids don’t “perform” just because we ring a bell. Family get-togethers can be loaded

The Hebrew Hammer and Life’s Platinum Medal

It’s a first for my wife.  She’s obsessed with this year’s Winter Olympics. To be more specific, she’s interested only in the sliding competition and, as a result, is building her schedule (and that of the entire family) around it.  Why?  His name is AJ Edelman, the first Orthodox Jew to compete in the Olympics.