About Dr. JJ Levenstein

Dr. JJ Levenstein is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and in 2012 retired from her thriving private pediatric practice in Encino, California. She served on the staff of CHLA and Encino Tarzana Hospitals for 20 years and was consistently voted one of the Best Doctors in America® from 2003 through 2012. Drawing from her experience as a pediatrician and mom, Dr. Levenstein serves as president and co-founder of MD Moms, makers of Baby Silk, the first personal care line for babies developed by pediatrician moms. She serves on the board of United Cerebral Palsy LA, is an active writer and sits on the advisory boards of several child-centered websites. She is an accomplished chef and completed culinary school in 2013! She has had a lifelong interest in child nutrition and all things related to preventive health.

Raising a Reader

One of my greatest fears about having a child was having one who struggled with reading. There was a good chance that would happen as my otherwise brilliant husband has had a lifelong tug of war with books. Although sluggish at first, my son finally settled into a groove with reading but it wasn’t until […]

The Risk of Lead Exposure

Lead exposure has re-surfaced as a very public topic and concern over the last 2 years since the population of Flint Michigan was affected by severe lead contamination in its water supply. Even after the advent of lead-free gasoline and lead-free pipes, lead still poses a real risk for our unborn babies and children. And […]

Choosing a Preschool for Your Food Allergic Child

Choosing a preschool is hard enough, but couple that by having a child with food allergies and it can be downright challenging. So here are a few facts and tips to help guide the process: Facts About 1 out of 13 children in the US have food allergies – that’s roughly 2 kids/average classroom. 30% […]

Summer Safety Checklist

With summer in full swing, it’s time for families to head for the hills, the beach, the mountains, and the great outdoors. With those treks come some real risks, as evidenced by recent news reports of a toddler perishing from a tick-borne illness, and another a victim of dry drowning and another with second degree burns […]

Summer Food Safety Tips

Picnic and barbecue seasons are in full swing, offering families and friends opportunities for outdoor fun and some delicious meals. But, with the CDC (Center for Disease) estimating that 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3000 die each year in the US from food-borne illness, it’s especially important this summer to make […]

Cheatsheet to Spring Allergies

It’s warming up on the West Coast (and soon for the rest of you), and lots of us are ITCHY and SNEEZY with pollen counts at an all-time high, winds blowing, and outdoor activities again dominating our lives. So, if you or your kids have seasonal allergies, here’s some advice on how to stay comfortable […]

Ask Dr. JJ: Solid Meals for Baby

Question: I just purchased a Baby Bullet for my 6 month old baby. Just want to know how to warm up refrigerated baby food that is kept in the storage cups. Can I submerge them in hot water? – Marydina Answer: Hi, if the cups are tightly covered you can do just that – alternately, put the […]

Dots and Spots, When Your Child’s Rash Requires a

  Let’s face it, your child’s skin is perfection. Plump, soft and smooth. So, when a rash affects your baby or child, how do you know if it’s a big deal (requiring a visit to your pediatrician) or something you can manage on your own? After years in the trenches, here are my top 10 […]

Are We Nuts to Give Peanuts to Babies?

Food allergies, and peanut allergies, in particular, have been at the forefront of concern in the US for the last decade. It’s estimated that about 2% of US children suffer from a peanut allergy – and because peanut allergy is less likely to be outgrown, peanut allergy is an important public health issue. Peanut allergies, […]

Traveling with Children with Allergies Over the Holidays

Traveling over the holidays is stressful enough, but if your child has food allergies, planning ahead with a solid strategy will help you enjoy the holidays more. Here are some tips to survive travel, in keeping with the current recommendations of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. BEFORE YOU GET ON THE PLANE, […]