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.

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, […]

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, […]