Deb Lonzer, MD

Deb Lonzer, MD

Deb Lonzer, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and the Chair of the Department of Community Pediatrics for Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Top Tricks to Get Your Child to Take Medicine

Sick kids often will pass on taking pills and liquid medicine, even if they know it will make them feel better. Here is expert advice from Deb Lonzer, MD on helping your child to take medicine.

H2O: What Parents Need to Know

More than half of children and teens do not drink enough fluids. Deb Lonzer, MD, shares some helpful tips to incorporate and maintain healthy drinking habits so your kids stay hydrated.

Make Hats Mandatory for Your Kids in Cold Temperatures

When bitterly cold temperatures hit, you have to be careful to avoid staying out in the frigid air for too long. A cold weather emergency can happen relatively quickly, especially with children. Your child should never leave the house without a hat in this kind of weather. Children, especially younger children, can lose a third … Read More

What to Do When Your Potty-trained Child Suddenly Isn’t

So, you thought your child was potty trained. While you may feel disappointed or even frustrated, it is very common for children to go back to having accidents — temporarily. Having intermittent accidents (for example, wetting themselves a few times one week but not the next) is not potty training regression, however. If your 3-year-old … Read More

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Avoid Grocery or Pharmacy Clinics for Your Kids’ Care

Health clinics inside grocery stores and pharmacies are convenient, but they are the wrong place to take your children for the best care. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a formal recommendation opposing the use of these retail-based clinics for infants, children and adolescents. These retail-based clinics, focused on selling products, simply can’t … Read More

12 Tips for Traveling With Children

Over the highway and through the state, to Grandmother’s house we go. Sounds like an idyllic family jaunt, right? Increase your odds of making it there with your sanity intact with these travel tips. Don’t wait until the last minute With all of the season’s hustle and bustle, you might be tempted to ditch preparation … Read More

Reduce Your Child’s Risk of Choking on Food

Choking is the leading cause of injury among small children, especially age 4 and under. The leading culprit: food. About 12,000 kids a year end up in the emergency room in the United States because they choked on food, according to a recent study. That number doesn’t include toys and coins and all the other … Read More

How to Childproof Your Laundry Room

You know the obvious places to childproof your home: the kitchen, bathroom, garage. You protect kids by securing furniture so it doesn’t tip over, install safety gates for stairways, latch and lock cabinets and doors. But don’t forget the laundry room. There are lots of appealing objects in there for little kids to play with … Read More

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When and How: Switching Your Baby to Solid Foods

In my blog, I’ve talked about reasons why parents should wait until their baby is 6 months old before switching to solid foods. Solids aren’t as nutritious as breast milk or formula, they’re harder to swallow and, given too soon, may cause health problems like eczema and allergies. Within four to six months, your baby … Read More

Don’t Feed Your Baby Solid Food Before 6 Months

Like many pediatricians, I recommend that you introduce solid food to your baby no earlier than 6 months old. A study published in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics shows many moms are jumping the gun and feeding their babies solid food earlier without knowing the risks. Of the 1,300 moms that were questioned, 40 … Read More