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  • Two year old boy playing in a cardboard box on a green lawn

    Channeling Energy into Fun with 2 Year Olds

    Oh the 2 year old!  2 year olds are so full of passion that their reputation precedes them.  But when all that curious energy is channeled toward play, the results can be magically fun. Finding activities for 2 year olds that captivate isn’t as hard as you might think.  They are easily engaged in simple discovery if […] Read full story

  • Red Colander with straws in the holes to show toddler game

    10 Fun Activities for 1 Year Olds

    We love babies!  One of the most rewarding parts of being a mom is watching your baby investigate the world.  They are watching everything and interacting with anything they can get their chubby hands on. Encouraging play is not complicated.  Most 1 year-olds are very willing participants!  They don’t need expensive toys or fancy entertainment, activities for 1 year […] Read full story

  • Three kindergarten children. A hispanic boy wearing a red shirt, an Asian girl wearing a pink top, and a black girl wearing a green top

    The State of Child Wellness

    As a pediatrician I am dedicated to the health of each individual patient.  My hope is also that my career adds up to improve the status of child health and well-being as a population. Many of the factors that play into child health such as nutrition and safety are driven by circumstances outside the walls […] Read full story

  • Close-up of a toddler girl hugging newborn

    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

  • Yawning baby girl in a blue poka dot oneis

    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

  • Happy Family at a wedding

    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

  • Line drawing of an elephant

    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