Guest Blogger

Kathleen Berchelmann MD

Kathleen Berchelmann MD

Kathleen Berchelmann, M.D., is a pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, and an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Kathleen is the co-founder and director of ChildrensMD, a blog written by five dynamic mom-pediatricians who share their true confessions of trying to apply science and medicine to motherhood.  Kathleen and her husband are raising five children.

Dr. Berchelmann is a frequent contributor to health and parenting TV news segments including Fox New’s  “Happening Now,” with Jenna Lee and Jon Scott, and St. Louis stations KTVI (Fox) and KSDK (NBC).

Her written work has been featured in print and online publications including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Chicago Tribune, and TIME magazine.  She has a weekly online question and answer forum on  Recently, she has become a contributor to RadioMD, which broadcasts live and is also available via pod cast.

Dr. Berchelmann was selected as a 2014 Doximity Fellow, selecting and critically analyzing medical literature for over 280,000 U.S. healthcare professionals in the Doximity online network.

For more from Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann:
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Twitter: @MomDocKathleen
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LinkedIn: Kathleen Berchelmann, MD


Blog Posts by Kathleen Berchelmann MD

  • Two kids sitting on a sofa playing with an iPad

    11 Best Educational Apps & Web Sites for Kids

      Most pediatricians agree that a little bit of screen time each day is okay for kids.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children over 2 should be limited to 2 hours of “recreational screen time” per day.  In our house, we try to limit recreational screen time to one hour per day, but […]

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  • Mother and newborn sleeping in a hospital bed with skin-to-skin contact

    11 Medical Decisions to Make for Your Baby Before Delivery (or someone else will make them for you)

      In the first few hours of your baby’s life you will need to make 11 medical decisions for your tiny new person, or someone else will make them for you.  I’ve attended deliveries for more than a decade at five different hospitals, and it’s shocking how few mothers are able to make educated decisions […]

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  • Newborn on mother's chest just after delivery. Ob in the background.

    Better Births, Less Anemia: Delayed Cord Clamping Made Easy

      Waiting just 1-2 minutes after birth before cutting your baby’s umbilical cord can protect her from anemia, yet most obstetricians don’t do it.  I know why … I’m a hospital based pediatrician and I attend deliveries regularly.  Practicing “delayed cord clamping,” as this procedure is called, means that the OB has to hold the […]

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  • Smiling, blue-eyed baby crawling on a hardwood floor.

    Great News: A Dirty Home May Be a Healthy Home

        St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University contributed to a mutli-city study that revealed that children who, during their first year of life, lived in homes with bacteria and allergens from cat, mouse, and cockroaches have a lower risk of developing asthma and allergies. Great news for families with less-than-spotless homes It turns […]

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  • Salt and Pepper Shakers on a beautiful table.

    Iodine Supplements? Yes! New Recommendations for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

      I’ve been throwing down prenatal vitamins every morning for more than a decade, so I was shocked to realize that I’m deficient in iodine, a nutrient essential for thyroid function and brain development.  I’m not alone, almost a third of pregnant women in the United States don’t get enough iodine in their diet, and […]

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