Dr. Laura Jana

Articles Written By: Dr. Laura Jana

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Dr. Laura Jana is a pediatrician and award-winning parenting and children’s book author. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, an MD from Case Western Reserve, and is the co-founder of Amazing Me Books. With a faculty appointment at Penn State University’s Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, some of her key areas of focus are early brain and child development, health and wellness, and early education. Dr. Jana also serves as an author and media spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and lives in Nebraska with her husband and 3 children.

Mother and her daughter spend quality time reading together

Encouraging Healthy Habits in Preschoolers

As a pediatrician and a parent, I have invested a considerable amount of time promoting and teaching healthy habits to both my patients and my…

Summer Learning Opportunities

Even though I really liked school as a child, I always looked forward to summer break. Now that I’m married with three kids and a job, summer holds a very different meaning. I still eagerly anticipate warmer days and the thought of spending more time outdoors. But even that doesn’t always happen. For most parents, our day-to-day responsibilities don’t really change with the seasons anymore; if anything, our responsibilities increase with the added demand of finding things to occupy our…
Making Key Connections: Four Reasons Why the First Five Years Are So Important

Making Key Connections: Four Reasons Why the First Five Years Are So Important

With an increased focus on early education and child care programs, increased support for parents and home visitation programs, and compelling calls-to-action from business leaders,…

Preventing Injuries at Home

There’s no question that children’s safety, along with their health and well-being, is a top parental priority. As both a parent and a pediatrician, I have long been vocal about my conviction that staying well-informed of common and preventable childhood injuries is one of the single most important responsibilities of parenthood. According to SafeKids Worldwide, a well-respected safety organization, nine million children are treated for preventable injuries in emergency departments every year. Staying abreast of the best ways to keep…

Getting Smart About Antibiotics

Two separate conversations this past week compelled me to share my thoughts on the smart use of antibiotics, an important parenting topic that is often overlooked. The first conversation took place when I managed to catch up with a pediatrician colleague on the phone. The reason I say “managed to” is because in the world of pediatrics, this time of year is like tax season for accountants. Viral illnesses like influenza, rotavirus and RSV spread rapidly, and pediatricians brace themselves…

Why is Baby Crying?

A crying baby is often one of the biggest frustrations that new parents face. We fall for the unrealistic expectation that our parenting instincts will kick in immediately and we’ll be able to identify what each and every one of our baby’s whimpers means, only to end up on the verge of tears and feeling parentally deficient when we can’t decipher his cries. We’re also made to believe that a good baby is a baby who doesn’t cry. Sure, the…

Commonly Misdiagnosed Symptoms in Children

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years as both a parent and a pediatrician, it’s that things aren’t always as they seem, and it always pays to consider all your options before jumping to conclusions. This certainly applies to some of the more common pediatric symptoms that parents, child care providers, and even pediatricians routinely have to make sense of – from fevers to pink eyes and tummy aches. While it’s always necessary to consult your own pediatrician…

Family-Friendly Flying this Summer

As someone who spends a lot of time in airports and on airplanes, I have been reminded in recent weeks that summer is clearly the time for family travel. Based on my own experiences and recent airport observations, I think it’s safe to say that family travel is an adventure that involves an entirely different skill set than traveling solo; and it involves quite a bit of planning! With so many of us taking to the family-friendly skies this summer,…

The Importance of Bike Helmets

Summer happens to be one of my favorite seasons–not just because it means plenty of time for sun, swimming, and long-anticipated vacations with the family, but because it’s a time when families seem to enjoy healthier lifestyles. If you’re like many families, you’ve found yourself spending more time out and about, enjoying the great outdoors with your family and becoming more physically active. And when it comes to getting active in the summertime, more often than not, bicycles are involved.…
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