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,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit

Toy Shopping

Good info about best toys for children from Bananas in Oakland is here and the American Academy of Pediatrics has a link about choosing safe toys here. See also my previous posts on Old School Toys and Baby’s First Holiday … Continue reading

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment chaos at your house? We try to make open enrollment, well, more open. We don’t want you or your child or young adult to have to change health doctors when insurance options change, so we accept most health … Continue reading

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Dogtor Teddy

You may have already met Teddy, the office dog, who started work in April after a mom asked if the puppy could sit with her child who was anxious about a vaccination. Since then Teddy has assisted with many immunizations. … Continue reading

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Vanderbilt Forms for ADHD

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Achoo!!! Family Flu Shots

Our first shipments of flu vaccine for this year have arrived. We are bringing back flu shots for kids and their adult family members here in our office this year.  Every patient’s chart is screened before the flu shot is … Continue reading

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Talking with Babies and Young Children

Find ways to stimulate language and talking with your baby and small child here

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Summer Travel with Kids

Here’s a podcast from RadioMD about summer travel with kids that I did last week. Listen here. Happy Trails!

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Eating with Kids at Home

Want to start a dialog about eating a little better at home? Check out this video from DocMikeEvans here.

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How tall will your child be? How do you get them there?

Protein and nutrients are important for your child’s final height. This study of over 4000 kids found that children who drank milk versus non-dairy drinks were shorter. The researchers projected that a child who drinks 3 cups (24 ounces or … Continue reading

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Preschooler Portions: 2-3 years old

Total Solids for preschooler for 24 hours: Dairy 2 cups (480 ml) as nonfat milk, yogurt, or cheese Fruits 1 cup or ½ cup of dried fruit Vegetables 1 cup raw or cooked or 2 cup leafy greens Grains 3 … Continue reading

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