Author Archive for: ‘DrNinaShapiro’

Breathing Issues in Your Newborn

Breathing Issues in Your Newborn

Anyone who has ever been in a delivery room, be they parent, birthing coach, doctor, or nurse, awaits the same thing: a newborn baby’s first cry.  “WAAAAAAAAAAA!!!” and everybody cheers.  But did you know that a baby cannot breathe through his wide-open mouth, except when he cries?  That’s right, a newborn baby must breathe through […]

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Am I a Mean Mom?

Am I a Mean Mom?

That fateful day, when my nine-year-old daughter’s dentist told us that she needed two teeth pulled.  Baby teeth, but they were locked in, so out they must go.  “Just make an appointment, and we’ll give her a little laughing gas.”  Laughing gas?  Anesthesia?  For two baby teeth? Hmm, I thought.  What ever happened to Novocain […]

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The Cockroach in His Ear

The Cockroach in His Ear

“You did what??” I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about some of the most amazing medical cases I’ve seen and surgeries I’ve done—to make kids breathe better, to save their lives, to better their lives, or to ward off infections.  But when I told him, as an aside, in order to […]

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Informed Dissent

Informed Dissent

Just when we thought the controversy of immunization had reached its height, there is yet a new twist being brought to the California legislature. While many parents with school-aged children have been documenting their refusal to have their children immunized with signed waivers brought to school officials, there is now a plan afoot to mandate […]

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Are we nuts over vaccines?

Are we nuts over vaccines?

By Nina Shapiro, MD Author of “Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child” “Nut-free”, “Peanut-free”, and the latest and greatest: “Nut sensitive”. The rage in preschools and elementary schools across the country is to protect our nut-challenged children from nut exposure, even if it means not exposing them to […]

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When is a Cold More Than a Cold?

When is a Cold More Than a Cold?

All kids get colds.  In fact, it’s not uncommon for kids to get up to ten colds per year. If you have more than one child, and one child’s cold comes after the others, as is usually the case, it is very likely that you are dealing with someone’s cold for half of the year.  […]

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How to Keep Your Family Healthy During Holiday Travel (Or, Somebody Sneezed on my Armrest)

How to Keep Your Family Healthy During Holiday Travel (Or, Somebody Sneezed on my Armrest)

By Nina Shapiro, MD Author of “Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child” Holiday travel with children is a bit like a game of Russian roulette. Or poker. Or even like playing the lottery. The numbers are never in your favor. Kids get up to ten colds per year, […]

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Happy Halloween! Trick or Choke?

Happy Halloween! Trick or Choke?

What child doesn’t love Halloween? In fifteen years as a pediatric ear, nose, and throat doctor, Halloween is always my slowest workday. What parent would dare subject their child to a doctor’s appointment, or (perish the thought!) a surgery, on the most sacred of sugar-filled days? Everyone gets involved; newborns don some sort of cute, […]

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Back to School? Wash Your Hands and Get Your Shots!

Back to School? Wash Your Hands and Get Your Shots!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… no, not that time… it’s back-to-school-time. And parents everywhere are singing a tune even more joyous than a Christmas carol! And although we live in Los Angeles, and, instead of feeling that cool crispy fall air, we feel the heavy heat of the Santa Ana winds rolling […]

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Why Kids Drown in Kiddie Pools

Why Kids Drown in Kiddie Pools

Summer’s here. We’re back in the pool, lake, ocean, or river. But the carefree days of our seemingly endless summers are long gone. Any of us with small children are keenly aware of the risks of drowning for our little ones. And regardless of your views on the Casey Anthony case, and what caused little […]

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