Parenting Tips From Pediatric Experts

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I recently attended a wonderful presentation entitled “Parental (Self) Control: When to Log Off the Internet & Go See a Doctor” presented by NYU Langone Health. The presenters were all pediatric specialists who touched on many topics that are very important for parents to know. Parenting is hard, so I appreciated hearing their perspective on a number of health-related topics related to children of all ages.

We were welcomed by Dr. Catherine Manno who is the chair of pediatrics.

Introduction by Dr. Manno

We first received a sneak peek of the new Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital—34th Street facility, the first children’s hospital to open in New York City in nearly 15 years.  It is located on 34th Street and 1st Avenue and will be NYU Langone’s flagship pediatric inpatient care facility. It features 68 single-patient rooms (each with its own bathroom) in the newly built and designed by Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion.

We saw images of the hospital and it appeared to be very well-designed with a focus on child-friendly features, including a children’s center and teen room with a beautiful terrace so kids and families can get outside to get a breath of fresh air. Each patient room features MyWall, a 75-inch electronic display screen that allows patients to actively engage in their care experience, view entertainment from the bedside, communicate with family and friends, and control their room’s ambiance, all via a tablet.

2016-11-21 7th_Floor_view of Childrens Hall phot provided by NYU Langone

Dr. Helen Egger who is the chair of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry touched on early childhood mental health and autism.  She shared that 75% of kids who have mental health issues don’t get care and emphasized that early intervention is crucial and, in the case of autism, can increase a child’s IQ by up to 20 points.  She also gave a behind the scenes look at two groundbreaking digital health apps. One is called Autism and Beyond, an autism screening app for young children that uses mobile technology to analyze a child’s emotion and behavior from their own home. The other one, being developed by NYU Langone now, is geared towards picky eaters.

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Next up was Dr. Adam Ratner. He specializes in pediatric infectious diseases and talked a lot about vaccinations. He advised that the benefits of vaccinations outweigh the risks, especially for illnesses that have not yet been eradicated, such as polio, and measles. He also touched on the HPV vaccination and some confusion in the way it’s often positioned when marketed to parents. The purpose of the HPV vaccine is to protect against cancers caused by the human papilloma virus. However, some parents see mention of STDs and are put off by that reference, therefore avoiding a vaccine that is meant to help prevent cancer-causing infections.

After pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Melanie Greifer talked about fad diets and food sensitivities (areas in which consultation with a doctor is essential), Dr. Ethan Wiener took the floor. He specializes in pediatric emergency medicine and he covered summer injuries – most of which are either heat-related or water-related. With 10 drownings a day occurring in the U.S., parents play a critical role in preventing this potentially deadly injury.

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All of the Doctors who presented

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Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at

Parenting Tips From Pediatric Experts

by Diane time to read: 2 min