Reviewed by Kathy Empen on July 14, 2012

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Pediatrician Jennifer Shu, MD. For an in-depth discussion of diapering and digestion issues, see more of Shu’s videos at www.healthychildren.org.

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Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician: Hi, how are you?

Narrator: At the office, Dr. Jennifer Shu checks up on thousands of children each year.

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician: Hey, we gotta make sure if you have an ear infection or not.

Narrator: She reaches millions more through her work online … books on parenting and interviews on TV.

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician: Every child is different so it always going to be a challenge but a fun one at that.

Narrator: You can ask the pediatrician in person at her practice in Atlanta– or via the American Academy of Pediatrics new website HealthyChildren.org, where she is the medical editor.

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician: I feel that I have a message to spread about health and wellness for children. Do you like science at school? Um, hum. Good job! I really like the fact that kids are so resilient and very optimistic… Do you guys exercise or play at least an hour everyday? I really feel like the little seeds I plant in children early on can make a difference when they are an adult.

Narrator: Dr. Shu is also a mom who has been there.

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician: I think parents sometimes put pressure on themselves and maybe people around them put pressure on them to become better parents. Parents know their kids best I really encourage them to follow their instinct and you know trust yourself because you are going to be the best judge of your child. My music is my drug. My songs my therapy.

Narrator: If part of being a good parent, is taking time out for yourself, Dr. Shu does that through music… Performing vocals with a neighborhood band. Take it from a songwriter, pediatrician and fellow parent:

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician: You really need to live in the moment, savor the moment. And relax whenever possible, and enjoy the ride, because parenting is great.

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