New Parents: When to Call the Doctor


New parents often marvel that such an adorable and precious bundle of joy has become part of their lives. But the responsibility for another human being – one who can only communicate by crying, pooping and sleeping – can be overwhelming. Especially if you think your baby might be sick.

“New parents should never hesitate to call their child’s doctor if they are concerned,” says Rebecca Fazilat, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “Doctors who care for children, such as pediatricians and family medicine doctors, expect a lot of calls because it takes experience for parents to learn how and when to respond to their child’s illness.”

While you are still learning to understand “baby language,” follow Dr. Fazilat’s guidelines on when you should seek medical help for your little one. Read More

Introducing Your Baby to Solid Foods

A father feeding their baby.

Watching the changing – and often comical – expressions on your baby’s face when they first try solid foods is a delightful and exciting time for many parents. It’s also a time when parents have many questions for their child’s doctor: when to start, what foods to begin with and how much to feed.

“In the beginning, it’s important to remember that starting solid foods is all about learning for the child,” says Katharine Padrez, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “Keep the experience fun and enjoyable. Your baby is learning about new flavors, different textures, how to move solids from the front to the back of the mouth and how to take food from a spoon.”

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Bringing Home Your Newborn Baby


Bringing home your newborn baby is one of the most thrilling and scary moments in life. New parents are filled with many emotions – fear, excitement and, of course, exhaustion. Often parents leave the hospital feeling unprepared to care for their newborn baby on their own.

Julie Kim, M.D., a pediatric hospitalist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, offers these tips to help expecting parents prepare for a smooth transition home from the hospital.
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Top Tips to Childproof Your Home


Each year, more than 2 million children are injured by hazards in the home. The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented by using simple child safety devices on the market today.

Any safety device you buy should be sturdy enough to prevent injury to your child, yet easy for you to use. It’s important to follow installation instructions carefully. In addition, if you have older children in the house, be sure they re-secure safety devices. Remember, too, that no device is completely childproof; determined youngsters have been known to disable them.

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Share Your Breastfeeding Experience – Survey Opportunity

mom-and-baby.blogAre you a new mom breastfeeding your baby or in your final trimester of pregnancy? Use your experience to help future moms by participating in the Bay Area Breastfeeding Experience Survey (BABES).

Run by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), BABES is a large, ongoing study of breastfeeding moms. Since the study launched two years ago, more than 400 moms have participated.

“PAMF  gets 6,000 new babies as patients every year – we’d love to learn from their moms’ parenting and breastfeeding experiences by having them all participate in the study,” says Nancy Brown, Ph.D., an education projects manager who works on the BABES team along with Sally Twesten, another health education manager, and lactation consultants and childbirth educators throughout PAMF.

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Take the Bite Out of Baby’s Teething – Pediatrician Q&A

Whether you’re a new or seasoned parent, teething can be a hair-graying experience. Crying, whining, drooling and overall crankiness are often a normal part of the process when a baby’s teeth are on the brink of breaking through the gum tissue. In this blog post Manisha Panchal, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, talks about the signs and symptoms of teething and provides tips on how to soothe baby’s pain and keep those brand new teeth healthy. Read More