Finding the Perfect Nanny

Guest blog by Amanda Rosenbloom, of The Nanny Network   Most parents envision a Mary Poppins type character when asked what the “perfect nanny” looks like. Sadly, she was a fictional character, but there is some solid advice that exists when thinking about hiring...

Summer safety…know about dry drowning!

As D.C. parents try to break the heat with some fun in the pool,it is important to review some safety tips for all caregivers. I recently learned more from my pediatrician, Dr. Nadine Idriss, about drowning that can occur after you leave the pool. This is also called...

Learn CPR with us!

CPR – short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation – is a vital skill for everyone to have – parent or not! It is thought that the vast majority (up to 80% per the American Heart Association) of cardiac arrests happen in the home or a public place. So...
Galactogogues…

Galactogogues…

Galactogogues Ever wonder what a galactogogue is?? And do you need one? Galactagogues are simply things that increase milk production. Often they are herbs such as fenugreek and blessed thistle, but can also be medications like metoclopramide. Some galactogogues are...
So many diapers!

So many diapers!

So many diapers! The diapers are never ending in my house these days, with both a newborn and an almost 2 year old wearing them (thankfully my 3.5 year old is not!). My newborn goes through 6-10 diapers a day and my almost 2 year old goes through 4-6 per day –...
The good, the bad, the gas. Do I need probiotics?

The good, the bad, the gas. Do I need probiotics?

Everyone is taking about yogurt, kefir, kimchi and what do those all have in common? Probiotics. I talk to my patients daily about probiotics and what they can be used for medically. I have used them myself, put them in my son’s bottle and forced them into my...
Skin Care Precautions for Pregnancy and Newborns

Skin Care Precautions for Pregnancy and Newborns

Many pregnant patients ask about skin care and what is safe to use during their pregnancy. I have women sifting through their purses during exams to find their lotions and vitamins to verify labels and ask me if it safe. The easy answer is not so easy. All medications...
The Beauty in those Early Days

The Beauty in those Early Days

It’s amazing what having a newborn does to your life. More than likely, your life was moving a thousand miles an hour leading up to having a baby – between closing things down at work, baby showers, OB appointments, getting things ready for baby –...
Sitting the Month – How to do Postpartum

Sitting the Month – How to do Postpartum

The Washington Post Health and Science section from January discussed the Chinese practice of zuo yue zi. This refers to the tradition of resting for a month after you have a baby. The Chinese believe this improves healing and replenishment of your blood stores after...