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.

Is it Colic? What Your Fussy Baby Could Be Trying to Tell You

The medical definition of colic is when a healthy baby shows intense, unexplained fussing/crying lasting more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week for more than 3 weeks. However, not all crying is colic, and not all colic follows this definition. What causes colicky behavior in a baby? True colic peaks at 6 […]

Childproofing for Your Crawling Toddler

So now your little one is on all fours, engines running, ready to go! We’re going to continue baby-proofing from the bottom up – because those are where the risks are – right at ground zero, until your baby is walking and climbing. For more childproofing tips, click here. Absolute musts: electrical outlet covers, anti-tip […]

Food Substitutes for Children with Allergies

What can I use as a substitute if my child is allergic or intolerant to foods? This question comes up often – especially if kids suffer from food allergies, celiac disease, or if a family chooses a vegan, gluten-free, or other alternate food regime out of personal choice. No matter what the circumstance, we want to […]

To Feed or Not to Feed? Food Allergies in the First Year

When it comes to feeding your infants, you lean pretty heavily on your pediatrician, your family, and your friends for advice. Over the last 5 years, and especially this year, there has been a quantum shift in how we’re being advised to feed our infants – based on evidence gathered from many studies supporting the […]

Is Fresh Produce Always the Best Choice?

We all know that fruits and vegetables provide an essential block of nutrients to our bodies, especially those of our growing children. They are low in calories, high in fiber and flavor, chock full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and full of disease-fighting phytonutrients. Our modern age has made it much easier for us to not […]

Ask Dr. JJ: When Should My LO Try His First Food and More

When should my little one try his first food? In 2 weeks, it’ll be time for my LO to try his first food. I’m so excited, yet terrified about screwing it up. I plan on giving him puréed carrots to start, but I’m wondering: when is the best time for this ‘meal’ to happen, and […]

When Your Child Gets Sick While Traveling

Planning is everything when you take a trip, especially when you have a child. When you’re on the road (or in a plane, train or boat) it’s important to be prepared for the possibility that illness may strike any family member. It’s hard enough managing your child being ill at home—it’s even more challenging when you’re away! […]

Is Your Child Safe in a Seat Belt?

Kids are now in full swing – the school year is wrapping up, which means school activities, extracurriculars, exams, and, of course, gearing up for summer time activities! That means parents will be driving more than just their own children to and from school and activities. As a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, I know that passenger safety is important […]

Hidden Kitchen Risks for Baby

Recently, a tragic story was reported out of Kentucky. A 4-year-old boy got a hold of a mouthful of cinnamon, started coughing violently, and, an hour and a half later, was pronounced dead. From cinnamon. Yes. Cinnamon. This incident prompted me to take a critical look around my own kitchen, looking more deeply into some potential […]

Practical, Low-Cost Ways to Baby Proof Your Home

Believe it or not, injuries in the household are one of the top reasons why children aged 3 and under visit the emergency room each year. Your child’s risk of injury starts from day 1, so it’s best to start thinking proactively about making your home safe and secure before baby comes home. Even before […]