- Parents can’t help but to have endless health questions about their children’s rashes and runny noses, but a personal doctor isn’t always available to respond.
- That’s why following pediatricians on Instagram who share health tips and answer everyday questions can be invaluable for parents.
- From how to tell the difference between the flu and a cold, to surviving toddler tantrums, there are a number of reputable pediatric influencers to help address almost every parenting issue.
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The days of only being able to consult a parenting book when your child isn’t sleeping at night or when your newborn goes on a feeding strike are over. Now, parents can also turn to pediatricians on Instagram for immediate answers to pressing parenting questions.
In their informative and easy-to-read posts, social-media-savvy pediatricians offer up tips ranging from remedies for a sore throat to how to encourage a toddler to eat his vegetables.
But verifying that the information is backed by science is where it could get tricky. Before taking advice from an expert on social media, always make sure it’s coming from a licensed medical professional.
Keep reading to learn about 14 helpful pediatrician Instagram accounts to follow in 2020.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, pediatrician
Wisconsin-based pediatrician Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson has built a following around her science-based health tips for parents. Swanson, who has been giving advice on topics ranging from vaccines to trick-or-treating safety since she started blogging in 2009, is also a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Zulma Laracuente (Dr. Lara), pediatrician
How do you discipline your children when they misbehave? ⠀ ⠀ Do you spank them?⠀ ⠀ If you do, I would like for you to reconsider because there is an association between spanking and aggressive child behavior. Of course, you can make your own decisions about how you choose to raise your children but spanking, hitting, slapping, threatening, insulting, humiliating or shaming are all harmful for the child and will not change the unwanted behaviors. ⠀ ⠀ I would like to challenge you to use healthier discipline options. ⠀ ⠀ Here are some ideas you can implement to discipline your children:⠀ 💚Children younger than 1: try redirecting your baby. Literally pick him/her up and go to a different room. At this age they are too young to understand why their behavior is not acceptable. ⠀ 💙For toddlers: toddlers have a hard time remembering rules so try redirecting your child when misbehaving. They crave attention, so pay more attention to them when having good behavior and less attention when misbehaving. ⠀ 💜For preschoolers, and young school-aged children: try positive ways of discipline like positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviors. For example, the child gets a sticker, more attention, or a treat for good behaviors and nothing for bad behaviors. ⠀ Can also try the time-out method, which involves a child sitting quietly by him- or herself. ⠀ 💛For older children and teens: try setting clear limits and expectations. Allow the natural consequence of misbehavior play out. For example, loosing privileges for doing an unwanted behavior.⠀ ⠀ What do you think? What works for you when your children are misbehaving?
A post shared by Zulma Laracuente MD Pediatrics (@drlaramd) on Jan 12, 2020 at 5: 15pm PST
In addition to having a children’s health blog, Dr. Zulma Laracuente, also known as Dr. Lara, provides advice for parents on her Instagram account, where she covers issues related to respiratory infections to how to start a conversation with your child about vaping.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Kelly Fradin, pediatrician
From breastfeeding tips, to sharing what every household should have in their emergency kit, New York-based pediatrician Dr. Kelly Fradin covers the gamut of pediatric health issues. She also links to other helpful accounts in her Instagram stories.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. David Stukus, pediatrician
For parents of children with allergies, and those who want to be safer around their child’s friends and classmates, Dr. David Stukus, an Ohio-based pediatric allergy and asthma specialist, is an invaluable resource. Should you use a humidifier to alleviate allergies? How can your child with severe food allergies trick-or-treat safely? Dr. Stukus covers those topics and more on his Instagram account.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, pediatrician
Happy January and WELCOME all new followers! Thank you for being here, for your support and for what you bring to the world every day. I’m so grateful for you.❤️⠀ ⠀ ⠀ My name is Yami (like “mommy”) aka Dr. Yami. I am a board certified pediatrician, certified lifestyle medicine physician and national board certified health and wellness coach. 👩🏽⚕️⠀ ⠀ ⠀ I am here to radiate love and help you attain more wellbeing and joy in your life. I believe in the power of nutrition and lifestyle habits in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and attainment of longevity. 🥦🍎⠀ ⠀ ⠀ I will share all kinds of things on this account including my latest podcast episode, what I cook and eat, inspiration, funny things and random things. 😋⠀ ⠀ ⠀ A few very RANDOM things about me:⠀ ⠀ ⠀ I have a loud, explosive laugh which means I often make babies cry. (It happens almost every day) Parents know this. I’m sorry! 👶🏽⠀ ⠀ ⠀ I have an easy sense of humor and I LOVE to laugh which means I laugh a lot. (again, sorry babies!)⠀ ⠀ ⠀ I chose pediatrics because I realized I was able to relax, be myself and laugh with my patients and it felt really good. I truly love being a pediatrician.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ My worst nightmare is the ghost of an extra-terrestrial. 👻👽⠀ ⠀ ⠀ If you tell me a scary story about ghosts or extra-terrestrials or other creepy paranormal experiences, I will cry involuntarily. 😢⠀ ⠀ ⠀ I don’t like to share the food on my plate…even with my own children. But lately, I have been practicing sharing my food with them and they will say things like, “Wow, mommy, thank you for being so generous.” I guess they know the power of properly placed praise and validation! 😂⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Thanks for being here and for being YOU! ❤️⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #doctorsofIG #vegansofIG #pediatriciansofIG #pediatrician #plantbasedpediatrician #love #radiate #laugh #laughter #funny⠀
A post shared by Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, DO (@thedoctoryami) on Jan 13, 2020 at 9: 28am PST
Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster, a vegan pediatrician, is a useful source for all things food-related. But the Washington-based doctor doesn’t only post about food issues. She also writes posts about insulin resistance and how to prevent allergies. You can find more in-depth health information on the health podcast she hosts, called “Veggie Doctor Radio.”
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Mona Amin, pediatrician
HOW TO FIND A PEDIATRICIAN Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting topics related to the prenatal period and newborn period. At the end, I will do a QandA. I will also be sharing some items we bought/were gifted for baby and linking them to my story. AND in spirit of the holidays, I have a few giveaways lined up of items that we also have for our baby—so stay tuned😍 First off, how to find a Pediatrician for your baby (also applicable to older children): ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1️⃣Word of mouth-This is honestly my favorite method and how I get most of my patients. Friends, family members, and/or coworkers can guide you to their Pediatrician. It would be nice to have a few recommendations and perhaps from loved ones who share your general philosophies on life and parenting, as the Pediatrician will likely line up with that as well. 2️⃣Your OB’s office-Your OB should have recommendations for Pediatricians in the area. Usually they base this on names of doctors who come recommended from their own patients. 3️⃣Online-A simple Google (or other browser) search can lead to some recommendations. But be wary of online reviews. People tend to vent more online than provide accolades. Meet the doctor in person to make judgments for yourself. Once you have a list of names, you can call the office and ask if they do prenatal visits. The best time to do this is in your second or early third trimester. This is a visit where you are able to tour the office and perhaps meet a doctor at the practice. I find, however, that this is not always necessary. You will learn to love (or not love) your doctor’s style after the first few visits. Remember that it’s okay to meet a few different doctors to find the right fit for you. It’s a relationship that will last 21 years of your child’s life. Swipe ⬅️ for some questions you can ask at the prenatal visit! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How did you find your Pediatrician? What questions do you think fellow parents/caretakers should ask when finding a Pediatrician? #pediatrics #pediatrician #baby #preggopediatrician #pregnancy #thirdtrimester #mommyhood #fatherhood
A post shared by Dr. Mona, FAAP (@pedsdoctalk) on Nov 15, 2019 at 9: 19am PST
Pediatrician and new mom Dr. Mona Amin is an expert on newborn health and safety. The Florida-based doctor has posted about gauging child brain development, identifying blocked tear ducts, and how to choose a car seat. She also has a pediatric health podcast in the works.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Diane Arnaout, pediatrician
A post shared by Diane Arnaout, MD (@drdianearnaout) on Jan 14, 2020 at 11: 20am PST
A Texas-based pediatrician and mom, Dr. Diane Arnaout posts a range of content, from relatable parent memes to photo guides to help parents better understand common rashes. Her Facebook page is another reliable place to find reference guides and science-backed articles.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Justin Smith, pediatrician
Dr. Justin Smith, a Texas pediatrician and dad, offers advice for parents of newborns to teenagers. Another good source for all your parenting concerns is Dr. Smith’s podcast, “Today’s Most Interesting Question with The Doc Smitty.” He records one- to two-minute episodes about a variety of pediatric health topics, including teething and when to take your child to see an allergist.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Carina Saunders, pediatrician
Over the past few weeks I’ve received heartfelt messages from worried moms who struggle with the decision whether to vaccinate their child or not. Some tell me that they have been bombarded by friends and relatives with stories and social media accounts highlighting the alleged dangers of vaccinations. And honestly, I can only image how weighty and difficult the decision to vaccinate must feel to some. I know that ALL parents want to do what’s best for their child. And honestly it makes me deeply sad that they so often become the victims of anti-vaccine misinformation campaigns. Heartbreaking stories of vaccine injuries, whether they are true or not, are readily available online. The claims most of us have heard about the danger of vaccines can make a vaccination seem like a big risk to take. But remember this: human’s perception about what’s risky is notoriously unreliable.Especially when it comes to the perceived dangers of vaccines, rational thinking is easily distorted by narratives. To state it bluntly, being unvaccinated can result in illness or death. But you know, I wonder whether “scaring” parents to make a choice to vaccinate is the best way to go. Maybe what’s needed is just more reliable information. Personally I have experienced that once I explain how vaccines save lives with minimal risk, it is possible to overcome the fears that parents have about vaccines. What you should know : ▪️The measles virus is highly contagious, and is often the first childhood infection to return after vaccinations decline ▪️Some legislators and religious leaders question the safety of vaccines, despite scientific evidence to the contrary. Vaccines have fewer side effects than medication or surgery. And yes, everything in medicine comes with a risk. No-one will deny that. But when it comes to vaccines the risks are significantly outweighed by its benefits. For example the side effects from a MMR vaccination are vanishingly small, especially compared to the devastating effects of measles. (Swipe across images comparing the risk if 10000 people contracted measles vs the risk of receiving the MMR vaccine) Continued in comments ⬇️⬇️
A post shared by Carina Saunders (@dr.carinasaunders) on Jan 14, 2020 at 2: 33am PST
Dr. Carina Saunders, a Norwegian pediatrician, has some of the most aesthetically pleasing posts on Instagram – thanks to her own illustration skills. She covers children’s health with a focus on new mothers, addressing issues like breastfeeding myths, why some women eat their placenta, and the stigma that can come with being a new mom when you’re older than 35.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Tanya Altmann, pediatrician
The founder of the Calabasas Pediatrics & Wellness Center in California, a parenting author, medical consultant, and mom, Dr. Tanya Altman might be one of the busiest pediatricians out there. Check out her account for advice for parents of school-aged children and newborns. You’ll also glimpse into what it’s like to work on camera.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Samantha Dallefeld, pediatrician
Given the rising cases of flu (and some requests – thanks @shaunahuff 👍), here are symptoms you should watch out for that may indicate flu in your child. 🌡Sudden fever especially above 101°F (seen 95% of the time) 🌡Chills 🌡Headaches 🌡Body aches 🌡Increased tiredness 🌡Sore throat 🌡Cough (seen 75% of the time) 🌡Stuffy or runny nose (seen 75% of the time) 🌡Vomiting or diarrhea is sometimes present As you can tell, many of these symptoms are similar to the common cold. BUT, the common cold typically only has low grade fever, congestion or runny nose, and a small cough. Flu can last a week or longer, and kids are sicker, achier, and more miserable. Younger children, especially less than 2, are at higher risk for complications and should have a lower threshold to be tested and treated for flu. Flu is transmitted through contact with respiratory secretions (sneezing, coughing, talking, touching) and contaminated objects but can be transmitted in small particles transmitted during BREATHING. So have a high index of suspicion this season, and keep an eye out for reported cases at your child’s school. #flu #mom #sickkids #dad #pediatrics #pediatrician #medicine
A post shared by Samantha Dallefeld, MD (@samdeemd) on Dec 3, 2019 at 11: 44am PST
Learning styles, ADHD guidelines, and drowning prevention – Dr. Samantha Dallefeld, who specializes in pediatric critical care, covers a number of pressing pediatric issues. She’s discussed whether Tamiflu can be a substitute for a vaccine and how to effectively prevent falls. In addition to offering expert information, Dallefeld also shares a behind-the-scenes look into how both demanding and rewarding life in pediatric critical care can be.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Nadia Sabri
How do I bring back JOY to medicine? For me, diversity of experiences is the spice of work-life. That means, a variety of experiences. So, beyond just clinical work, I write, teach yoga & mindfulness skills to physicians, get involved in medical societies, volunteer at the free clinic. Do I dedicate 100% of my time to each? Heck no!! However, I divide portions of that 100% to what brings me joy. . . . ✨ The quest for joy takes effort but it’s so worth it. Make the INTENTIONAL choices that allow you to do more of what you love. . This means you must LET GO of that which holds you back or brings out your negative qualities. . . It means being HONEST with yourself about what you want to do vs what you are currently doing. . It means being willing to step out of comfort zone and being BRAVE enough to stand by your choices even if others don’t get it—and many won’t get it. That’s ok. . . There are so many cool things in the world! So many paths to explore and need your unique perspective. If you are having difficulty finding the joie de vivre in your life, use that as a sign that things need to change. Please don’t just accept that the blah is just part of life—it’s not. You are more than a cog in the wheel. Do you need to diversify? Adjust the clinical to non-clinical ratio? Work part time? Volunteer? Get involved in advocacy and humanitarian work? Get a hobby? Socialize? Rest more? There are many ways to make your degree count. So, maybe exploration will help. . If you are enjoying what you are doing, that’s awesome! But please don’t burn yourself by doing too much. Prioritize. . Pro tip: make sure to divide that 💯 into family time, social time, and downtime too. Please do not occupy every minute of your day or you will be spent 😩 🤯. . . Pic here of me post-volunteering at the free clinic! Feels good to help care of people who need it regardless of zip code, insurance status, language, skin color. These social determinants of health shouldn’t matter anyway but unfortunately they do and much of modern medicine is dictated by insurance companies and middle men. But not today! 🙌🏼 . . . ✨ how do you bring the joy to your life?
A post shared by Nadia Sabri MD (@themindfulmdmom) on Jan 18, 2020 at 3: 13pm PST
A pediatrician, yoga instructor, and mom, Dr. Nadia Sabri brings several interesting perspectives to the pediatric community. Dr. Sabri, who practices in Texas, understands how stressful it can be to be a parent, which is why she also offers tips on mindfulness, along with photos of her own meditation practice.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Natasha Burgert, pediatrician
Trying to pick a car seat or not sure how and when to talk to your kids about sex? Kansas-based pediatrician Dr. Natasha Burgert has advice on that and other critical questions every parent faces. She also runs a pediatric health blog called KC Kids Doc.
Baby Health in Winter Dr. Stephanie Liu, pediatrician
Speech and language delay affects approximately 10 to 15 percent of 2 year old children. The good news is the vast majority of them catch up within the next few years! . There are many ways you can help your child with their speech such as: 1️⃣Speaking slowly and enunciating. When speaking to your child try to speak slowly and succinctly. Try to enunciate as much as you can. It is also helpful to over-emphasize how you move your mouth to make the word sounds so children see what their mouths need to do. 2️⃣Give your child a play-by-play of what you are doing. Talk out loud as much as possible and describe everything you are doing. The more opportunity your child has to hear you communicate, the more opportunity they have to learn how to communicate! 3️⃣Label objects as much as you can When you are spending time with your child, try to point out familiar objects in the home, in books, and on TV. Invite your child to repeat back to you the name of the object. 4️⃣Ask Open-Ended Questions And Expand On The Conversation Try to ask open-ended questions to your child, listen to their responses, and encourage them to speak out more will not only help support your child’s speech but also their self-esteem. 5️⃣Read Books To Your Child And Eventually Have Your Child Read Books To You Try to read a few short stories every day. As your child’s speech and language abilities grow, begin to have your child read the books back to you! 6️⃣If Your Child Says Something Incorrect, Help Them Correct It In A Positive And Supportive Way Try not to talk down to your child if they mispronounce something or have difficulty learning a new word. Instead, rephrase, repeat, and re-label until your child is able to understand. 7️⃣Repetition, Repetition, Repetition . ✳️If you have concerns about your child’s speech please see your care provider, a referral to an SLP maybe indicated. *️⃣Any other tips you found effective in helping your child with their speech? . . . . . The content that is discussed on my Instagram account is solely for informational purposes and not a substitute for informed medical advice. #speechtherapy #speechandlanguage #speechpathology #toddler #toddlermom
A post shared by Stephanie Liu MD MSc (@lifeofdrmom) on Dec 28, 2019 at 9: 14am PST
Dr. Stephanie Liu, or Dr. Mom as she sometimes calls herself, categorizes each of her posts, so followers can immediately find the information they’re looking for. Cradle cap, cold medicines to avoid, and how to dress your baby for winter are just a few of the topics the Georgia-based doctor has covered recently.
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