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Five most asked questions for private practice pediatrician— Dr Régine Brioché


Meet our board certified pediatrician: Dr Régine Brioché

I’m Dr. Régine Brioché. I have been a pediatrician for 10+ years. I became a private practice pediatrician because of my positive experiences with my own childhood pediatrician.

Personal notes:

French was my first language. I’ve been married for 6 years and I’m a mother to an active 4 year old.  I lived my whole life in Brooklyn, NY, and I’m currently raising my son in my childhood home. I work in the same neighborhood where my pediatrician once practiced. I feel honored to be following in her footsteps and giving back to the community in which I was reared.

I love Bobbie because of their mission to eliminate the stigma surrounding formula use.

Dr Régine

Five most asked questions for a pediatrician:

1- Is my baby eating too much? He/she can eat more than me!

Toddlers are rapidly growing individuals. As a result of growth and energy expenditure, they may eat more than an adult for some meals and only a spoonful for others. Overall, toddlers are more in tune with their hunger/satiety than adults. We have to learn to trust them.

2- How do I know if my infant is sick? Should I call the pediatrician?

One of the most concerning things for parents is identifying an ill child. Is your child acting ‘differently’? Are they cranky, tired or have a loss of appetite? Are they feeling very warm or cold? Those can all be cues to call the pediatrician.

3- Is my child’s head flat? Will their head continue to look flat?

Most parents complain about flat heads sometime between 2-6 months of age. Their heads appear flat because babies are primarily lying on their backs during the first 4-6 months of life. This position results in pressure on the back/side of the head, known as positional plagiocephaly. As a child matures and spends more daytime hours sitting or standing, that pressure is relieved, and the head should round out.

4- Is it normal that my newborn sounds like a noisy pug when they’re sleeping?

Babies tend to be very noisy breathers. Small airways and baseline congestion lead to their ‘pug-like’ breathing.

5- When is it safe to travel with my baby?

My advice is usually that it’s safe to travel after the first round of vaccines (at two months of age). Once vaccinated, the risk of acquiring a life-threatening infection diminishes.

Parents always want to know- Do babies dream?

Short answer, yes. Knowing what the dream is about remains a mystery.

Régine Brioché, MD, FAAP. Board certified pediatrician and Bobbie Medical Advisor.

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