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Top Tips For Staying Healthy This Winter

By Julia Getzelman, MD – CEO & Founder Getzwell Personalized Pediatrics Researchers recently discovered a medically significant silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic: a marked decrease in most respiratory illnesses in children. This dramatic drop was a rare bright spot during such a challenging time. But you might be wondering, if some respiratory illnesses like influenza and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) were largely absent last winter, why did it seem like kids caught about as many colds as usual? Shouldn’t those pesky runny noses have disappeared as well?! Interestingly, this study also found that unlike influenza and RSV, common cold

Anxiety: What’s Mold Got to do With It?

At GetzWell, we know that wellness involves body, mind, and emotional landscape. All three of these are inseparable and intertwined. Mental and emotional symptoms can signal that the body is suffering an imbalance or illness and it’s not just “in your head.” Sometimes parents contact us after having pursued, to no avail, every other medical option to ease their child’s distress. Certain families have told us they visited 10 or more other doctors and specialists only to be informed that labs and other studies are “normal” and the best option is psychiatric medications.  This was exactly the situation for 15

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child – Really??

There is no one right way to be a “good” parent and regardless of how that looks across families on any given day, one thing is clear: good parents connect with their children.  Naturally, connection varies depending on the age and abilities of the child. With an infant, it could just mean cuddling. For a toddler, connection might be stomping around the house together pretending to be dinosaurs. When a child is a bit older, it might look like reading favorite stories together or talking about hard things that happened at school. Regardless, at all ages and stages connection blossoms

Ever Wonder If Your Toddler Has a Food Intolerance?

Oliver refused to eat and was a “terrible sleeper.” At GetzWell, we’ve seen astounding results with nutrition counseling and elimination diets. In this post I’ll explain how we were able to help a toddler named Oliver and his parents dramatically improve his health and their whole family’s well-being. Oliver’s parents came to GetzWell because the quality of their family life had significantly deteriorated in the prior few months and they were very concerned about his lack of interest in food and failure to gain weight.  Oliver was almost 18 months old when we met him and his parents had become

Should 12-15 Year Olds Be Vaccinated For COVID-19?

Yesterday the FDA approved the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for use in children 12 to 15 years old. The following serves as a brief response to the FDA’s approval and an update to our April 23 newsletter in which I answered questions submitted by parents: The Latest on Children, Teens, and COVID-19 Vaccines.

Are You Worried About the 12 Month Sleep Regression?

Is your 1-ish year old still not sleeping through the night? Join the (very popular) club! Sleep interruptions are very normal at this stage, for one simple reason: your baby isn’t such a baby anymore. They are changing, gaining new skills by the second, and quickly becoming a little person with a HUGE personality.

Gratitude in the Time of COVID – Dr. Getzelman’s Reflections on the Last Year

I feel more rooted now than ever, more resilient. It may come as a surprise to many of you that I suffered from anxiety much of my adult life, in spite of the fact that people have long seen me as calm, cool and collected. My journey to finding my peace has been gradual—actually, it spanned several decades. During this last year, as challenging (and at times frightening) as it’s been, I have discovered a greater sense of my own gravity and my feet are more planted than ever as a result of my gratitude practice. I am grateful for