Author Archives: Lisa M. Asta, MD

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com

Insect Repellents and Kids

Good article from Consumer Reports (and I helped). More info here.

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Eating In, Snacks and Picky Eaters

Breakfast, lunch and dinner pretty much covers it, but if you offer snacks, make them healthy and not so large to discourage kids from eating the healthy things offered at meals. Up your game with the quiz and planner here. … Continue reading

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Urgent Care

With the rise of urgent care centers and after hours clinics, it can seem like an easy decision to get your baby, child or young adult seen any time they are sick, even when we aren’t open. Those types of … Continue reading

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Disaster Preparedness for Families

No one can be completely prepared for a disaster, but planning helps. Our local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following resources: How to Talk with Kids Talking about Natural Disasters with Children audio link. Family Readiness … Continue reading

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Sleep on It

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS SUPPORTS CHILDHOOD SLEEP GUIDELINES The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a Statement of Endorsement supporting the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) guidelines outlining recommended sleep duration for children from infants to teens. The … Continue reading

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Dysfluency

Dysfluency is the technical term for stuttering. Repeating words and sounds can be normal for toddlers; older children should be evaluated and assisted. Information The Stuttering Foundation has a website, videos and tips for parents.      

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Paging Dr. Web

How good are online resources for diagnosing? A recent article tried to tackle that question. The chance of getting the right diagnosis range from 30-60%. One of the best resources for parents that we recommend is the book Healthy Children … Continue reading

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Back to School

Lots of good information for the first day back to school and the new school year from the American Academy of Pediatrics is here. Includes information on that first day, backpacks, traveling to and from school, bullying and aftercare.   … Continue reading

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When to Keep Your Child Home

Medical reasons your child should not attend daycare from the American Academy of Pediatrics are here.     https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/work-play/Pages/When-to-Keep-Your-Child-Home-from-Child-Care.aspx

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Riding Toys

Wheels. What fun! Ride on toys are terrific for toddlers. Look for low, stable toys, and a helmet. While balance bikes are the latest craze, learning to pedal is an important developmental achievement for your three year old. Again, low, … Continue reading

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