Author Kathleen Berchelmann, MD

Kathleen M. Berchelmann, M.D., is a pediatrician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. Kathleen is the director of ChildrensMD, a blog written by five dynamic mom-pediatricians who share their true confessions of trying to apply science and medicine to motherhood. Kathleen and her husband are raising five children. Connect with her at

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1 7 Reasons Why Your Child Needs a Catholic Pediatrician

I used to believe we should leave medicine to the doctors and faith to the Church. I didn’t really understand that my pediatrician would become a personal mentor for me as I navigated parenthood. I didn’t consider that my pediatrician would become a private confidant of my children, discussing sensitive issues behind closed doors. And then I became a pediatrician.

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1 Baby Talk: Moms Talk to Babies More than Dads

There is a moment in the delivery room when the new mother first talks to her baby–usually just seconds after birth when the wet, crying infant is placed on mom’s abdomen. I get the pleasure of watching the joy in the new mom’s eyes, and hearing the words she picks to welcome her baby into the world. For most moms, this first conversation is spontaneous, unplanned, and natural. When dad gets a chance to hold baby, he’s often silent. Usually the words don’t come so easily to new dads.

I’ve made this observation over more than a decade of attending deliveries, so I was not surprised this
week when a new study showed it’s true: dads don’t respond to babies’ vocalizations as much as moms do.

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0 Oh, Croup!

Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann suspects the diagnosis as they walk in the door. Sh can hear them across the ER. “Croupers,” as we call them, have a very distinctive hoarse cough and a noisy breathing sound called stridor.

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0 Kids off schedule? 10 Tips for Back-to-School Sleep

Sleep helps kids do well in school, improves social functioning, prevents illness and injuries, and even prevents obesity. But American children don’t sleep enough. With touch-screens luring children to avoid bed, we have a growing epidemic of pediatric sleep deprivation. Don’t let your kids go to school sleep-deprived. Summer is ending and it’s time to get your kids on a back-to-school sleep schedule.

Here are 10 tips for back-to-school sleep:

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