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

Back-to-School Medical Exams: Parents, What You Need To Know

Back-to-School Medical Exams: Parents, What You Need To Know

This exam is a very important part of good child health for many reasons.  It gives the child, parents and physicians the opportunity to adequately evaluate the status, physical and emotional, of the child who is entering a new classroom setting.  After being out and about for the summer months your child has been given enough time to break those school time habits and possibly get into a lifestyle... 

A Pediatrician’s Unique Perspective on Dads and Babies

A Pediatrician’s Unique Perspective on Dads and Babies

Most human Mom’s live with their babies developing in their uteri for about 9 months. During this time, they both experience the physiologic and personality changes associated with pregnancy. Dad too has been involved but in a much more subtle and marginal way.  He has seen the remarkable changes occurring in the mother of his child almost on a daily basis and has looked on in awe and wonderment... 

Warning! Your Kids & Grandkids Think Gummy Meds Are Delicious

Warning! Your Kids & Grandkids Think Gummy Meds Are Delicious

Mommies and Daddies, Grandmas and Grandpas, listen up.  There are many prescription and non-prescription medications kept around the home that could be a danger for your children/grandchildren should they find these and “taste” them. One of the more common of these “medicines” include the variety of vitamins, minerals and supplements found in homes now.  While most vitamins are “benign”... 

When and How to Treat a Fever: a Pediatrician’s Perspective

When and How to Treat a Fever: a Pediatrician’s Perspective

I have posted in the past about fever and many of the myths surrounding it (Kids Will Get Sick: 5 Facts a Pediatrician Wants You To Know).  In this post I would like to deal with the causes, nature of fever, benefits of fever, and some “treatments”.  It is one of the most common reasons people bring their children to the Emergency room and probably among the least significant reasons for doing... 

Childhood Illnesses – Are We Winning The Battle?

Childhood Illnesses – Are We Winning The Battle?

As with any illness, it is best to prevent than to treat.  Our progress in battling some devastating childhood illnesses over the years has centered on the introduction and efficiency of our existing vaccines and effective preventive medications. One of the first notable vaccines was that produced to prevent paralytic polio.   Early on this was an oral vaccine and we (of a certain age) can remember... 

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...