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    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Prepare Your Child Early For A New Baby

    When rounding on newborn babies in the hospital I make it a point to ask if there is an older sibling.  How old is the new big sister and/or brother? Who is taking care of them now?  How has your family helped to prepare the child for the new baby? It is normal for children to experience a […] Read full story

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    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Newborn Secrets

    As a pediatrician I find that many parents have similar concerns and questions about their newborn.  Here are responses to some of the most frequent questions I get from parent about their healthy baby: 1) Why is my newborn sneezing?  Does the baby have a cold? A: It is normal for newborns to sneeze.  It […] Read full story

  • Caucasian pre-school age girl admires her new baby sister as her mom holds her up to show it to her

    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: Naming Your Child

    Baby names are a big deal.  There are many considerations to be made such as cultural traditions, family names and how the name will sound with the baby’s surname.  There are constituencies (family and friends) to satisfy.  The name must be smart, elegant/dashing, fun, interesting, dynamic, CEO-esk and not too common but not too weird. […] Read full story

  • Asian father holds newborn baby girl while mother (out of focus) makes a call from her hospital bed

    Musings from the Newborn Nursery: New Fathers

    “Wow, you are an expert at that,” says the man at my side watching me effortlessly swaddle his newborn in a blanket.  “Yeah, I’ve had practice,” I reply.  After years of swaddling my own three children and thousands of newborns I had better be an “expert” swaddler.  But his comment isn’t about me.  It is […] Read full story

  • Five women and two men holding a sign that reads "We Are Marching for so many #MarchAgainst ED

    Present Day

    My daughter spent almost five months in the UCSD Adolescent Eating Disorder Treatment Program in 2012 and six weeks in their adult program in 2013, after a relapse. She continues to check in with her (phenomenal) psychiatrist regularly. She has found art to be an important tool for her to maintain her recovery. Recovery: A […] Read full story

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    FBT What?

    Family Based Treatment (FBT) understands this truth: recovery from an eating disorder cannot be made without full weight restoration and ongoing full nutrition. There is another important acknowledgement FBT makes which conventional (and markedly less effective) treatments don’t: when the symptom of a disease is anosognosia (inability to recognize one is ill), waiting for the […] Read full story

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    Down the Rabbit Hole

    I am fond of prefacing conversations about eating disorders with: “If, everything you know about eating disorders you learned from an ABC Afterschool Special or Lifetime TV movie, you don’t know anything.” A frightening aspect of this disease is that most people—including doctors and other clinicians—wrongly assume full authority on the topic. Many people don’t […] Read full story

  • Smiling teenage girl on a beach

    When Choice Isn’t A Choice

    Long before I knew the term “disordered eating,” I knew its environment. My stunningly beautiful mother maintained her perfectly-proportioned, svelte figure with Carnation Instant Breakfast, cigarettes for hunger control during the day and an enormous, home-cooked, delicious meat, potatoes, salad and vegetable dinner every night. Sweets and sugar were forbidden, but sour cream was encouraged—low-fat, […] Read full story

  • Whit Picket Fence with yellow flowers in the background

    Taking the Road you Never Wished to Travel

    Intellectually, we know John Lennon nailed it, “ Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans.” Truly owning that sentiment is something else. For me, an inveterate planner (right down to March and May babies for Kindergarten-readiness) with a proven track record of turning the plan into a reality, this […] Read full story

  • Toddler playing peek-a-boo

    Childhood Unplugged — The Importance of Play From Birth and Beyond

    Children today are surrounded by flashing lights, screens and plenty of noise. Going unplugged doesn’t need to be a punishment; it can instead be the key to a world left unexplored. As a busy homeschool mom of four kids 8 years and under, believe me there are days I long for nothing more than a […] Read full story