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.

Ask Dr. JJ: Solid Meals for Baby

Question: I would like to ask if I can feed my 6 month old baby rice porridge? – Edna Answer: Hi Edna, first check with your healthcare provider to make sure that initiating solids is okay. That said, commercially prepared infant rice cereals contain added iron, which is important as their blood cells are ramping […]

Allergy Myth Busters

A lot of commonly held beliefs about food allergies and other allergies just aren’t true. Some of them cause people to restrict their diets unnecessarily, and some of them are downright harmful. Let’s take a look at 10 commonly held beliefs: Myth: Most People Who Believe They Have Food Allergies Actually Do. Fact: Up to […]

Food Substitutions for Baby (and You)

We no longer live in a “meat and potatoes” era. Many families have opted out of meats, gluten, and other foods out of choice. Some have had to opt out based on food allergies or conditions like celiac disease. And if you make these choices based on personal preference or health concerns, you naturally may […]

All About Food Safety

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that 1 out of 6 Americans get sick from foodborne illness each year. That’s 76,000,000 Americans! That translates to 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 preventable deaths, many of which are children. No doubt you’ve read about food recalls over the last several years, with culprits like Salmonella, Listeria, Norovirus, Giardia, Campylobacter, […]

Ask Dr. JJ: Heating Up Purees and Getting Baby to Listen

How do I heat up my baby’s purees?  Hi, I just prepared my baby’s first solid food (sweet potato) using the Baby Bullet, and have now stored it in the fridge as I am planning to feed it to her tomorrow. Would it be okay to use the bottle warmer to heat up the cup, […]

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 […]