Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann, MD

Bio

A leading medical authority for the popular press and entertainment industry, Sharecare Editorial Advisory Board member Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann is a best-selling author, parenting expert and media spokesperson. A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya is a designated spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, communicating complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts. Education: • MD: Sackler School of Medicine • BA: Claremont McKenna College Residency and Internship • UCLA Board Positions: • National Association of Medical Communicators • American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Communications and Media

Specialties:

  • pediatrics

Affiliation:

  • Community Pediatric Medical Group, Westlake Village, CA

Location:

  • Calabasas, CA

Activity

  • Tanya Remer Altmann, MD - Calabasas, CA - Pediatrics
    Rectal temperatures are the most accurate and preferred method in newborns. Although the idea may seem uncomfortable to you, it won’t hurt your baby.
    Just coat the end of the thermometer with a lubricant (such as water-based K-Y Jelly or petroleum-based Vaseline) and insert about half an inch (follow...Read More
  • Tanya Remer Altmann, MD - Calabasas, CA - Pediatrics
    Although several viruses can cause a few white ulcers (sores) in the mouth or throat, if your child’s mouth and tongue are covered with them and he is in lots of pain he may have a common childhood herpes virus infection. In some cases an antiviral medication or strong pain reliever may be prescribed....Read More
  • Tanya Remer Altmann, MD - Calabasas, CA - Pediatrics
    Set aside a few nights in a row where it’s OK if you don’t get any sleep (maybe a long weekend). Keep your bedtime routine consistent. Let your child know what’s expected of him—to sleep all night long in his own bed. Get him a special new pillow, blanky, or stuffed animal that he can cuddle with in the middle of the night. Let him know that it is there...Read More
  • Tanya Remer Altmann, MD - Calabasas, CA - Pediatrics
    Over-the-counter cough and cold medications aren’t generally recommended for babies and toddlers. They have not been proven to help treat colds and there may be some unpleasant or potentially harmful side effects associated with them. Home remedies, herbal remedies, and supplements may also contain...Read More
  • Tanya Remer Altmann, MD - Calabasas, CA - Pediatrics
    This undesirable, yet relatively harmless baby rash usually shows up at 3 or 4 weeks after birth and for many babies, improves by 2 or 3 months. Exposure to the hormones that are transferred from mom to baby are often to blame. Most of the time, the best treatment for baby acne is no treatment at all. You can simply c...Read More
  • Tanya Remer Altmann, MD - Calabasas, CA - Pediatrics
    Avoid giving your baby the following:
    • Honey: Never give a baby younger than 1 year honey because of the risk of infant botulism, a deadly disease. Babies, unlike older children and adults, don’t have the ability to fight the botulinum toxin contained in honey.
    • Choking hazards: Whole nuts,
    ...Read More
  • Tanya Remer Altmann, MD - Calabasas, CA - Pediatrics
    The best way to protect your family from the flu is to vaccinate. The flu vaccine is recommended yearly for everyone 6 months and older. It can be given as a shot or as a nasal spray, which is currently approved for children older than 2 years. And no, you can’t catch the flu from the vaccine.
    If...Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Addiction Medicine:

    MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While the vast majority of American teens say heavy daily smoking is a major health hazard, many others mistakenly believe that "light" -- or occasional -- smoking isn't harmful.

    "All smoking counts," said study lead author Stephen Amrock, a medic...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
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    MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- School readiness isn't the only benefit young children can gain from Head Start. A new study finds that kids in the U.S. preschool program tend to have a healthier weight by kindergarten than similarly aged kids not in the program.

    In their first...Full Article

  • Tanya Remer Altmann, MD - Calabasas, CA - Pediatrics
    Developing brain damage from fevers is an urban legend. Fevers that are caused by infection do not cause brain damage. It takes an extremely high body temperature, such as 108°F (42.2°C), to cause brain damage. This can occur with high environmental temperatures such as those found in an enclosed...Read More
  • Tanya Remer Altmann, MD - Calabasas, CA - Pediatrics
    With most infants I prefer to try rice cereal first because the taste is fairly mild and acceptable to most infants. In addition, it is fortified with iron and nutrients and the chance of an allergy to rice cereal is extremely low. Prepare the cereal using breast milk, formula, or water. Initially...Read More
  • Tanya Remer Altmann, MD - Calabasas, CA - Pediatrics
    This is not an allergic reaction to the medicine. Diarrhea and mild abdominal pain are two of the most common side effects of antibiotics. In addition, the loose stools may just be part of the original illness. As long as you keep your child hydrated by giving plenty of fluids, the loose stools shouldn...Read More
  • Tanya Remer Altmann, MD - Calabasas, CA - Pediatrics
    There’s no question that breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby, but it does not contain enough vitamin D.  For this reason, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all babies get supplemented with 400 IU of vitamin D every day soon after birth.  This can be given as infant vitamin drops,...Read More
  • Tanya Remer Altmann, MD - Calabasas, CA - Pediatrics
    The American Academy of Pediatrics and most pediatricians recommend starting solids at 4 to 6 months, depending on when your infant is ready.
    So how do you know when your infant is ready? All babies grow and develop at slightly different rates, and although some cultures start solids in the first few months...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    THURSDAY, Dec. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, poisonings involving children increase, experts say.

    The Nebraska Poison Center offers the following advice for a safe holiday season.

    More than 50 percent of calls to the poison center invol...Full Article