Gwenn O'Keeffe

Bio

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, M.D., F.A.A.P., pediatrician, author, parenting and social media expert, is CEO of Pediatrics Now, a health and communications company dedicated to providing reliable information to today’s busy families. The popular parenting website Pediatrics Now  and nationally syndicated blog Dr. Gwenn Is In are the cornerstones of Pediatrics Now’s work.

Dr. Gwenn is one of the most highly sought after child health and cyber safety experts seen and heard in the media today, with regular appearances in print, online, radio, TV, and in community and national events as an invited speaker. As a writer and quoted expert, Dr. Gwenn has been featured in USA Today, Reuters, Chicago Sun Times, LiveStrong.org, iVillage, and MomLogic, among others. Her TV work includes appearances on NECN, FoxNews Boston, ABC News, Nancy Grace, and Good Morning America. She has been an invited speaker to a multitude of groups including local parenting groups, book stores, libraries, the AAP, the National Association of Medical Communicators, and the Family Online Safety Institute. Dr. O’Keeffe also contributes material and advice to a myriad of corporate groups including WebMD, Symantec, Yahoo!, and Facebook. 

As a Fellow and National Spokeswoman of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she’s on the Executive Committee of the Council on Communications and Media where she’s represented the AAP at the FTC’s Protecting Kids’ Privacy Online: Reviewing The COPPA Rule (June 2010), authored the AAP’s social media parenting tips, and speaks often to the media on behalf of the AAP about the impact of the digital world on today’s kids.

Dr. Gwenn’s newly released book, CyberSafe (10/1/2010, AAP Publishing), continues her journey to help parents keep their kids safe online. The first of its kind on the market by a media-pediatrician, CyberSafe empower parents to participate with their digital kids and teens by understanding how and why they use the digital world. 

Dr. Gwenn  lives in a Massachusetts with her husband and very digital teenage daughters who have taught her more about the online world of kids than any study ever could.

Specialties:

  • pediatrics

Activity

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental drug shows promise in treating respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a leading cause of pneumonia in infants, researchers report.

    "We are finally making major progress in being able to treat human RSV infections -- the world's secon...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Neurology:

    THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers report that children with autism appear to have excess synapses -- cellular connections -- in their brains compared with typical children.

    The scientists also believe it might be possible to reduce the number of extra synapses throug...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More children are hit by cars during September than any other month of the year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.

    This means that parents, drivers and others need to be especially vigilant about traffic safety when schools across the United State...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping children's lunchboxes clean helps protect them from foodborne illness, an expert says.

    That's because dirty lunchboxes may contain bacteria that can make youngsters sick, explained Natasha Haynes, a family and co...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of developmental and mental disabilities -- ranging from speech problems to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder -- have jumped 21 percent among U.S. children, according to a new report.

    Overall, parent-reported disabilities rose 16 pe...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Health Education:

    FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Parents need to make safety a priority when shopping for school backpacks for their children, an expert advises.

    "About 6,000 children are injured each year from wearing an inappropriate backpack," Linda Rhodes, senior occupational therapist at Ch...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new Australian study offers some potentially reassuring news to parents of preemies who are worried about their child's intellectual development: By adolescence, many of these infants appear to catch up to classmates who weren't born early.

    But...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Dentist:

    MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High acidity levels in soft drinks, fruit juice and sports beverages pose a threat to youngsters' teeth, a new study reports.

    "Our research has shown that permanent damage to the tooth enamel will occur within the first ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Poor nutrition can translate to poor performance in school, experts say.

    Allison Bourgraf, a clinical dietitian at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, offers these tips about healthy diets for schoolchildren in a medical center n...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Before you decide it's safe to make a quick dash into the pharmacy while your toddler is asleep in a car seat during the hot months of summer, consider this: More than 600 children in the United States have died of vehicle-related heat stroke since 1998.<

    ...Full Article
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Neurology:

    TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When a woman drinks heavily during pregnancy, the harmful effects on her child's brain development appear to continue over time, a new study indicates.

    The findings point to a possible reason for the persistent attention and behavior problems exp...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Developmental-behavioral Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The "love hormone" oxytocin has a tremendous effect on kids' ability to function socially, Stanford University researchers report.

    Children blessed with naturally high levels of oxytocin are more savvy at communicating with others and interpreting ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine:

    THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) inhalation spray has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the agency said Thursday in a news release.

    COPD, which includes chronic bronchiti...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many obese and overweight kids don't see themselves that way, which makes achieving a healthy weight almost impossible, researchers report.

    In a new study, 27 percent of children and teens underestimated their weight. Fewer than 3 percent overes...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many teens never outgrow their "growing pains," according to new research.

    Knee pain can persist for years, affecting teens' participation in sports and other activities, a Danish study found. If left untreated, so-called growing pains can beco...Full Article