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

Baby-Safe

The AAP July 2019 Buyers, be aware of baby safety Social media sites such as Etsy and Pinterest have made it easier for small businesses to sell their work. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to keep safety in … Continue reading

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Summer Sports and Conditioning

Love the California sun, but summer conditioning and competition can be tough. Make sure your athlete hydrates with 8-10 ounces every 20 minutes. Coaches, athletes and parents should monitor the heat index.  The index sorts temperature and humidity into relative … Continue reading

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Game on!

Committed athlete or contemplating jumping in? The pre-participation physical and well check gets it done. 🏀⚽️🥎⚾️🎾🏐🏉🥅🏒🥋🥍 More info and links from the American Academy of Pediatrics here.

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Anthem Blue Cross Mental Health

Does your child have Anthem Blue Cross MediCal and needs mental health professionals for evaluation or counseling? Please click Anthem.CFMG_Mental Health for information on connecting with your child’s insurance.

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Ditch the Baby Gear to Build Mad Skills

Infants roll, sit and walk all in about a year. They do this by moving their bodies. Time spent confined in infant gear gets in the way. If you are curious about what to do with baby at home, take … Continue reading

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Traveling with Babies and Children

Traveling with children outside of the US Traveler’s Health from the CDC Surviving air travel with babies and children Summer Travel with Kids Traveling Abroad for the Holidays

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It Takes 11 Years of Education and Training to Become a Pediatrician

Pediatricians are physicians who specialize in the care of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. I often get asked what it takes to be a pediatrician. This graphic sums up the years of education and training. Many people train to … Continue reading

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Rock-a-bye Baby: Cribs

Good night, pleasant dreams. Shopping for baby’s Crib.

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Baby’s Layette

Registering for baby clothes? Shopping for a baby sprinkle? Read more here

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Shop till you drop the baby?

Tips for buying baby furniture and equipment from the American Academy of Pediatricians are here.

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