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.

Summertime Safety

Grilling at summer weekend

Summertime triggers an American ritual: the rolling out of the grills, the dusting off of the patio furniture, and the beginning of BBQ season! Unfortunately, each year, many hungry participants end up bent over the porcelain throne, suffering from the ill effects of grill-side grubbing. Why? With most of us grazing our way through lazy [...]

Fire Safety this Fourth of July


Fireworks and July 4 go hand in hand, and yet, every year, when consumers use fireworks, problems abound! Here are the statistics: Fires  In 2011 an estimated 17,800 fires were directly caused by fireworks 1200 structure fires 400 vehicle fires 16,800 outside/other fires On July 4, fireworks account for 2 out of every 5 reported [...]

New Baby Food Recommendations

baby eating watermelon

New Recommendations from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology With the rising prevalence of atopic disease (or diseases that pertain to allergies), primary prevention may play a role in reducing its incidence, especially in high risk infants. The Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee of the AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) [...]

No Pain, a Real Gain!

baby shot

Having come from the trenches of general pediatrics, it was very clear to me that needle phobia and fear of pain was an all-consuming theme for many of the children in my practice, but also teens, and even many parents, as well. When I left my first group and opened my own office, I was [...]

Water Safety and Your Little Ones


It’s almost summertime and that means it’s time to freshen up on our water safety! Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children 1-4 years of age and it is the second leading cause of death for children from 5-14 years old. Just last summer, 203 children died from drowning between Memorial Day [...]

Don’t Play with Fire! (Or Lithium Batteries!)

mom and baby

Although technology’s becoming a necessity in our everyday lives, few devices works without batteries! And because we want our batteries to live forever, powering even the tiniest of devices, a new class of smaller battery has emerged as a compact powerhouse – the lithium battery. These button-shaped batteries come in several sizes – from approximately [...]

Preggo No-Nos in the Kitchen!

Assortment of vitamin pills

It’s very easy to maintain a pre-pregnancy and pregnancy diet that is healthy and supports both the needs of mother and baby. But there are few foods and other things around your kitchen that should be avoided in order to reduce risk of abnormal development, miscarriage, or a sick baby (or mom): 1. Big Fish - [...]

Potty Training: 101


Don’t we all love it when our little ones make that leap from diapers to underwear? And yet, like breast feeding, potty training may not come so naturally to some kids. Potty training involves a period of observation and action, followed by a plan to be successful. When is it most successful? Most girls will [...]

Does My Kid Need Vitamins?


This is certainly a question that was asked very frequently of me when I was in practice. Given that the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t have a firm stance on the answer, of course, can also confuse parents. So here’s the lowdown about vitamins for children, broken down by age. Infancy (0-12 months) – Vitamin [...]

Jack Frost is Not Our Friend!


With temperatures plummeting to the depths in various parts of the country, the stress of cold weather, blizzards and subzero temperatures takes its toll. Airports are paralyzed, schools and workplaces shut down and, yet, life must go on. That means we still have to buy food, trudge outside to empty the trash, shovel snow, and, [...]