About Joseph Skoloff

Dr. Joseph Skoloff currently holds positions as Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical Schools of Georgetown, George Washington and the University of Virginia and is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Joe believes strongly in the combined power of parent and physician working together for the health of their children. He is an advocate for children everywhere and can be reached at www.twitter.com/drjoeskoloff. Dr Joe is a member of the PedSafe Expert team

Articles by Joseph

Your Child’s Sick: Do You Know if They Need Antibiotics?

Your Child’s Sick: Do You Know if They Need Antibiotics?

Antibiotics are wonderful things. Since penicillin was first found and produced in the early twentieth century and used during the Second World War, it and related antibiotics have saved countless lives and cured many an illness quickly. Antibiotics work by inhibiting certain growth factors and processes needed by bacteria to reproduce and flourish. As with many significant discoveries, penicillin... 

Kids Will Get Sick: 5 Facts a Pediatrician Wants You to Know

Kids Will Get Sick: 5 Facts a Pediatrician Wants You to Know

The warnings you were given as a child about not going out with your hair wet or you’d catch pneumonia, don’t sit too close to the television or you’ll damage your eyesight – it’s probably safe to say what they lacked in accuracy they made up for in good intentions. But as we enter into the time of year when colds and other infections seem to thrive, it seemed like a... 

How Much Homework is Healthy: a Pediatrician’s Perspective

How Much Homework is Healthy: a Pediatrician’s Perspective

Home work for children is considered a benefit by some and an albatross to bear by others with no good studies showing that it is beneficial to children or their grades. The amount of homework children get now appears to be excessive by parents and children alike, and is often the source of interpersonal problems and stress within an individual family unit. Some studies have indeed found that the amount... 

Does My Child Really NEED All Those Well Baby / Child Visits?

Does My Child Really NEED All Those Well Baby / Child Visits?

This is a common question that parents discuss with each other and other parents because most of the time there is no change in status of your child and nothing of importance is noted by his/her Doctor.  This is the good news we all wish to hear but there is more than the obvious monitoring going on at these visits, just as important as your child’s current good health.  At an early age your baby... 

Your Young Child and Sports Injuries: Should You Worry?

Your Young Child and Sports Injuries: Should You Worry?

As school begins again, your child will be exposed to various sports- participation should be encouraged.  The fall sports usually include soccer, football, and late baseball.  You, as parents should do your homework also about safety and sports and always promote the acquisition and use of the best and latest equipment available to protect your children from injury.  Once this is accomplished,... 

Summer and Animal Bites: A Pediatrician’s Perspective Part II

Summer and Animal Bites: A Pediatrician’s Perspective Part II

Let’s deal with animal bites, much more common in Summer than any other time of year.  Of course the most common types of bites that are for the most part preventable are those due to cats and dogs.  These are the most common animals known to children but they must understand that the cats and dogs in their own homes are different than the stranger animals they may encounter  outside the...