Dr. Michael Amster

Pediatrics
Warrenton, VA

Locations

Warrenton Pediatrics

Warrenton, VA

Address

28 Blackwell Park Lane, Suite 103, Warrenton, VA
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Fax

5403491204

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About

Bio

As a community doctor, I engage in all manner of local medicine and prevention. I am a member of the Public School Health Advisory Board, multiple quality improvement committees at the hospital, and teach the Baby Care class. Being proactive in the health of my community means the most to me.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pediatrics

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658 Answers
13 Agrees
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Rolling it over: An ankle sprain is generally done by rolling the foot over the outside edge, putting too much pressure on the tendon running along the outside of the ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
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Get the flu shot: Of course after a pulmonary valve replacement or repair, your child is going to be in the cardiac ICU for a period of time and on the floor. There's g... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
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Yes: A titanium plate will not move or bend. It will add strength and support for any bones, and if there are broken bones, a titanium plate linking them t... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
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30 ? : There are some children who will never have an ear infection. Some will have a whole bunch. The exact incidence is not important. By age 2, you'll kno... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
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Yes: Absolutely. Mother's milk tea, available at most natural stores, has fenugreek and blessed thistle in them, and can bolster milk production. It really... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Pediatrics
Transition slowly: Breast milk tastes radically different from formula, and babies get used to what they have been on. I'm assuming that you pump and feed with a bottle,... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends on your def: Most pediatricians recommend not starting solid foods until closer to 6 mo, and of course starting with rice cereal. Starting with rice cereal between... Read More
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Very: Strep pneumoniae is a bacteria known for causing infant sepsis and blood sepsis in children under a year. Once the vaccine came out, blood septicemia ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
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Normal cycle: A lot of babies are born with hair, some without, but a normal part of the growth phase of the hair makes it fall out at about the 4-6 mo mark. Not fo... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
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They just do: Smell is one of the most comforting and identifiable senses to a newborn. From mom's perfume, to her sweat, to her soap, to her breast milk, everythin... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
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Yes: Working out of course runs the gammut of cardio, weight lifting, running, etc. Good light to moderate weight training, reasonable cardio and aerobics,... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
There's a few: Pre-birth, there are a couple ways blood goes around the normal circulation, and the hole between the upper chambers, the atria, is called the foramen... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
6-7am: Most teenagers have to go to school, and that means getting up somewhere between 6 and 7am to get ready for the bus or to drive to school. I think wha... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not really, no: It's important to remember the baby will take in some or all of the substances you ingest, and alcohol damages brain cells as well as other tissues of... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
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Lots of effort: There is a large movement to not coat the head with Permethrin or lindane due to potential neurotoxicity, and the risk is relevant. Non medicated prod... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Flu isn't innocent: The flu shot is highly effective at preventing not only you from getting the flu, but from you spreading it about. Most who get the flu have high feve... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
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Grow up: You may love her, but clearly you need to do more emotional maturing before getting into a committed relationship. It's not fair to you and certainly ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Shave off hair: Perhaps a little flippant, but the only "permanent" way to get rid of lice is to shave your head. Since most of us won't do that, there are other opti... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Jaundice: If you have type o or negative blood, and your spouse is different, your child could be born with type a or b, or rh pos blood. If that happens, there... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Starting your periods has to do with your genetic makeup, and usually goes along with when your mother started her periods. This doesn't mean the brai... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Most nighttime wetting is due to incomplete emptying of the bladder during the day. A lot depends on the age of the child. If they used to be dry, and... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not usually: Simple coarctation shouldn't have any influence on lymph drainage at all. The systems are completely different. However there are a few syndromes that... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends on severity: A mild amount of fusion between the 3rd and 4th digits on the feet, or accentuated webbing between any digits, can be and usually is quite normal. How... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Indirectly: Coumadin (warfarin) will inhibit clotting factors, which prevent you from bleeding. Blood vessels are always leaking, and low levels of clotting is al... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Pediatrician: Sounds a lot like reflux. I'm guessing this has been going on for awhile. The gripe water and gas drops are a good start, but the acid is likely hurti... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
It can be: Mostly MRSA is a simple staph infection, a bacteria that causes skin rashes, boils and such. It can lead to invasive infection and sepsis, but as long... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Adaptation: Multiple personality disorder is a dissociation disorder, where a person's mind decides that whatever trauma they have is not worth dealing with, and ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
A world apart: On the surface at a social event, the two entities can look similar: poor eye contact, little discussion, odd utterances. However, a child with social... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No easy answers: I apologize in advance, but i'm sure you've heard this before. There are so many variables involved here. First, there needs to be an honest assessmen... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes, but it's tough: A child who is selectively mute is by definition a "special needs child". Their version of communication will be different, and there is generally a g... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Sometimes: There are a couple heart conditions that are genetic, such as cardiomyopathy, and some arrhythmias. For the "ordinary" heart disease caused by cholest... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
With rupture: It can be if the ear drum has ruptured. There are blood vessels that course through the ear drum, and a small tear in the drum can cleave one of these... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Check instructions: I am virtually certain this information was supplied to you in your discharge papers from the hospital. If you don't have those you can call and have ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Fever can be normal: A fever at 7 mo old is fairly normal. They touch everything and it all goes in the mouth, so viral illness is common. There is no such thing as a teet... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Fluids!: The whole answer is fluids. There is no medicine that you can obtain (the er has a couple at hand) that stop vomiting. If your child gets gastroenteri... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Sushi, soft cheese: It used to be all soft cheeses, but it's really unpasteurized cheeses and homemade cheeses, which contain much more bacteria. Brie and camembert used ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Most likely no: Imodium (loperamide) is not to be used at all under 4 years of age. Over that, it may help a little, but for the most part, keeping a child well hydra... Read More
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Specializes in Pediatrics
Telescoping bowel: Intussusception is a condition where the intestine telescopes on itself. Part of the intestine is swept up by the movement of the muscle, or peristalt... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: If you ask my wife, she'd answer differently, but no, bright green diarrhea is not going to cause any harm. Most diarrhea is viral, and the virus caus... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Regular well checks: Normally, vaccine appointments should go along with the normal well check schedule. Your pediatrician should be able to furnish you with the vaccine s... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: We all love cute bumpers and stuffed animals. They're great in photos and grandma loves 'em. However, there should be nothing in the crib other than a... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
A nasty virus: "flu" is often applied to any virus kids get, (like "stomach flu") but specifically it refers to influenza virus, a respiratory virus that causes coug... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Some of both: Pacifiers seem to cause a great deal of angst in some, and be a life saver for others. Babies like to suck, and some really like to suck. For those, u... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Sure, though you don't necessarily want to take a ton. Most herbal remedies, vitamins, and supplements are fine to take, and echinacea is generally ok... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Extinguish slowly: At night, a thorough routine that is always followed is key. That way they know what is coming, and there is bed at the end. If there is a lot of anxi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
It's very busy there: The nicu meets a great need, and saves a lot of lives. For those with children there though, it can be a nerve wracking place. There is a lot of noise... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Brain development: Habits are formed as the brain uses repetitive behaviors to soothe or cope with the environment. As your child gains the ability to interact with thei... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Safe? Yeah, to a point. Caffeine is a known neuro stimulant, and will make it into the breast milk. If you have a small amount of caffeine, such as 1-... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
The usual suspects: There are some well known culprits that can cause gas with breastfeeding: cabbage (and that includes coleslaw, sauerkraut, and egg rolls), caffeine, s... Read More
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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Stops vs thins: An expectorant is a medicine that thins out mucous, making it easier to mobilize and get out. Usually you'll see Guaifenesin as the active ingredient.... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Amster is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Amster is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Amster is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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My son is on the Feingold diet x1 yr. Its like he has been awake for 2 weeks. Its been nice, I just dont want it to go away. I love that he is testing my patience, telling me no instead of screamin...Read More
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Appreciate the response but felt answer was generic and not helpful. Of course I would try to give him enough to keep him peeing and hydrated. I needed a suggested amount. Ease view the other docs ans...Read More
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Thank you! I do pump here and there but I mostly breast feed her dIrectly but the other Issue Is she does not lIke any bottles and weve trIed all types of bottles and nIpples! Is It just a matter of t...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Illinois College of Medicine, IL
MD

Awards

Highest inservice exam score all years of residency
Top Doctor, First Place, Arlington, VA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Arlington, VA - Winter
2013
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