Ask Our Doctors: Mom Edition

The Mommy Docs
If you are a mom or expecting to be one soon, this show is devoted entirely to you! Pediatrician Dr. Jamie Freishtat and allergist and immunologist Dr. Rachel Schrieber, a.k.a.
The Mommy Docs, lend a hand to The Doctors to answer all of your motherhood questions!

Poop Wheel
The Mommy Docs say that the most common question they get from other moms is about the poop they see in their baby's diaper.

“It’s one of those things that you don’t really talk about until you have kids,” Dr. Schrieber says, grinning.

The color, consistency and frequency of bowel movements are an excellent way to assess your baby’s health. The color of poop varies depending on how quickly it travels through the gastrointestinal tract. To help mothers everywhere readily diagnose their baby’s health, the Mommy Docs created the Poop Wheel. The Mommy Docs are quick to point out that "the frequency and consistency of the poop, and the overall state of the baby also need to be assessed. Always contact your physician right away with any concerns." 

Diagnosing Poop
ColorPossible Indications  
Should You Worry?
Yellow/ mustard- seedy Baby is eating breast milk No
Usually normal
Usually normal No
Red, dark or black
Blood in stool
Yes, call your doctor
White Problem with liver or gall bladder Yes, call your doctor

Kids and Pets

If you have children under the age of five, stay away from exotic pets such as lizards, rabbits, hamsters, frogs, etc. Stick with dogs and cats as pets if your kids are not allergic to them.

  Remove a Splinter

E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork demonstrates the proper way to remove a splinter. WATCH...

Taking Your Child’s Temperature
A fever is defined as a core body temperature equal to or higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Digital thermometers can be used rectally, orally or auxiliary, or under the armpit. Doctors agree that a rectal thermometer is the most accurate way to take a child’s temperature. If your child is under the age of three months, always take his or her temperature rectally.

“Your baby will not remember that you took a rectal temperature!” Dr. Schrieber assures.

Depending on the child, you can take his or her temperature rectally up until the age of two. However, around age 9- to 12-months, most kids are crawling and moving around too much to take a rectal temperature. At this point, the pediatricians suggest switching to an armpit temperature. If you take an armpit temperature, Dr. Schriber suggests adding a degree and a half to the reading.

By the time a child is age five or six, it’s ok to transition to an oral thermometer. Make sure to add a degree to the reading.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says a new product known as the pacifier thermometer is not as accurate and does not recommend it. Dr. Freishtat is also skeptical of the accuracy of the infrared no-touch thermometer by

Temperature Tips
• Take multiple readings to get the most accurate temperature possible.
• When you talk to your doctor, tell him or here where you took the temperature reading and what the actual number of the reading was.

Body after Baby
Are you struggling to lose your postpartum baby belly? Many women struggle to regain their pre-baby figure, so The Doctors offer some tips.

1. Before the baby comes, get yourself in the best physical shape possible. During the course of your pregnancy, try not to gain too much weight.

2. After the baby is born, a woman’s uterus and other organs are swollen and retain fluid. To combat the swelling, plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon suggests
wearing a
belly band, a tried-and-true, inexpensive way to help shrink the belly. He suggests wearing it for the first several months after you give birth.

Smart Liposuction
Plastic surgeon Dr. Christine Petti performs the latest smart liposuction procedure on Amanda, a new mom. The innovative technique uses fiber optic laser technology to melt fat and tighten skin, and is so precise it only requires local anesthesia. The laser coagulates the blood vessels, resulting in less bruising and less swelling.

  Smart Liposuction Surgery

Dr. Christine Petti performs the smart liposuction procedure.

More Smart Lipo
Chin Augmentation
Facial Transformation

Amanda, 29, had the procedure performed days earlier and reveals the results onstage. Dr. Petti says she removed more than two liters of fat from Amanda’s belly, close to five pounds. Amanda was positioned on her back for the procedure, but due to the flexibility of the cable, Dr. Petti was able to suction Amanda’s back fat without having to turn her over onto her back or her side.

The surgeon says Amanda can expect significant improvement in weeks, but the final result can be seen in five to six months.

“It’s also an operation of sculpting,” Dr. Petti continues. “I was able to give her an hourglass figure. With smart lipo, using the small cable that we use for the laser, I’m actually able to get to certain areas where I couldn’t get to with a stiff cannula, like we use in traditional liposuction.”

More from Dr. Petti!

A Sty or Pink Eye?

Pink eye is an infection of the eye usually caused by bacteria or a virus and is highly contagious. The eye becomes goopy and is usually treated with eye drops.

A sty is essentially a pimple of the eyelid. The infection can be treated by rinsing the affected area with eye wash and applying warm compresses or tea bags to the eye.

If your child has frequent sties, it may be due to staph bacteria harbored in his or her nose. A pediatrician can take a culture from the nose to determine if staph is present, and if so, prescribe antibiotic ointment, which should clear up the bacteria within a week.

Sore Nipples
Doctors recommend breastfeeding for at least a year, but many women wind up with sore nipples within months.

“Breastfeeding, when it’s your first baby, can be so, so painful,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says.

If your nipples are red or hot, call your doctor.
Nipple shields can help, but only use them after you’ve consulted a lactation specialist.

Common Cause of Sore Nipples
Baby improperly latches onto nipple or baby has trouble suckling properly 
In both cases, working with a lactation specialist to learn breastfeeding and positioning techniques will help alleviate the problem.

Raw, irritated skin Lanolin cream can soothe affected areas.
Candida, or yeast infection of the nipple
Antifungal cream prescribed by your doctor.

Hair Loss after Pregnancy
Have you experienced hair loss due to your pregnancy? You’re not alone.

“Hair loss after pregnancy is normal because of the changes in hormones,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. “Your hair goes into a resting phase.”

During pregnancy, women often experience an increase in hair growth, but then afterwards, Dr. Lisa says, “all hell breaks lose.”

To Restore Your Luscious Locks:
• Avoid anything that pulls on your hair: pony tails, pig tails, braiding and cornrows are all no-nos.
• Use shampoos that contain biotin and silica.
• Eat foods high in flavonoids and antioxidants.

  Baby Food Recipes

Catherine McCord shares her delicious baby food recipes!

Natural Baby Food
Catherine McCord, founder of, a Web site filled with baby food recipes that kids will actually eat, shares her quick and easy recipes for healthy, natural baby food.

“They’re really fun, exciting, tasty recipes,” Catherine says.

“Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season,” she advises. “It’s an economical way to spend less and get the best nutrients possible.”

Sarah, 27, says her daughter, 9-month-old Maytal, won’t eat any foods that aren’t the color orange! Catherine whips up some delectable baby meals and Maytal opens wide!

The audience goes home with a giveaway gift bag from
Baby Swags.

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OAD 3/22/09