• Is this spit-up normal?

    Is this spit-up normal?

    By: Joseph Mechak, MD   The first thing we need to do is make an important distinction between Gastroesophageal Reflux and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.  These may sound the same but they are two very different things. Gastroesophageal Reflux also known as Physiologic Reflux or “spit-up” is NORMAL.  100% of babies experience some degree of reflux

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  • Mental Health during the Pandemic

    Mental Health during the Pandemic

    By: Dr. Joseph Mechak with Dr. Lauren Zohler There is another concerning epidemic on the rise since the onset of the Coronavirus.  Rates of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders are increasing rapidly in all age groups, including school-aged children and teens. As pediatricians, this epidemic is every bit as worrisome and serious as

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  • Managing summer (and quarantine) screen time

    Managing summer (and quarantine) screen time

    Me: “Tell me about how you have been spending your days during quarantine/summer” Child: “Ummmm…” Parent: [Biting their tongue] Me: “Let me guess… video games?” Child: “How do you know?!?” Me:  “How much are you playing?” Parent: [biting their tongue] Child: “I don’t know… maybe an hour or two.”  Parent: [Can’t hold it in any

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  • General guidance on COVID-19 Re-openings and FAQs – June 3, 2020

    General guidance on COVID-19 Re-openings and FAQs – June 3, 2020

    Statement from the providers at Potomac Pediatrics, written by Dr. Joey Mechak     General guidance on COVID-19 Reopenings June 3, 2020   As our community begins to reopen you may have mixed emotions.  You are probably excited and relieved at the idea of leaving your house or that life is on its way to

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