Michelle Davis-Dash, MD
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Don’t worry about everything; you can’t break them.
What surprised you most about parenting? That parenting is not really natural. You really have to work at it. As a pediatrician, I see kids every day. I thought parenting would be a piece of cake. But it’s not! Just the other day, one of the ladies at my son’s daycare had to tell me to take the head-rest out of his infant carseat. I hadn’t even realized that he was so squished in there. As a parent, there are so many details to keep track of.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? At this age, my son eats what I give him! We did have an interesting situation though. When my son was a newborn, he screamed all of the time and threw up a lot, and he was also very constipated. I turned out that he has a milk protein allergy.
At first I thought it was colic, and then possibly an allergy. I was breastfeeding, and I tried to adjust my diet, to push through it, but it didn’t help. I had to stop breastfeeding. It was heartbreaking. I had to give him a special formula. We also put him on Zantac also because the allergy gave him reflux.
This is actually very common in babies. After we switched to the formula and as my son has gotten older, it’s gotten much better, much easier. My son now eats first-stage baby foods. He likes lots of different foods, including applesauce, cherries, and mangos.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? I just joined a Facebook group of people I went to college with who are holding a 90-day beach body challenge. It’s been really helpful to have friends to support and motivate me. Who knew Facebook could be so useful? I also get up an hour before my son each day so that I have time to work out.
How do you recharge your batteries? I shop! I mainly go shopping for my son, but I sometimes also see things to buy for myself. I also enjoy reading. My husband is awesome; when he sees I’m tired, he encourages me to go get some rest while he watches our son.