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Dr. Robert Kwok

Primary Care, Pediatrics
Mountain View, CA
34 years experience male

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Mountain View, CA

Address

2465 Latham Street, Third Floor, Mountain View, CA, US
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Bio

Dr. Robert Kwok practiced general pediatrics for 28 years in California. Before coming to the San Jose area in Northern California, he graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. In his most recent office practice, he provided primary care for children from newborns to high school students. Dr. Kwok serves up helpful, sensible answers at every visit, and can be overheard saying, "Vaccinate all your kids, talk with them every day, and give us a call if one of them is ill or needs advice." Dr. Kwok likes HealthTap because it lets him deliver accurate medical information to people both in his local community and also across the globe. He also likes the way people can go online to read multiple HealthTap answers to a single question, to get several doctors' opinions.

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Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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A member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
After 2 months: Generally, tylenol (acetaminophen) infant drops may be used after age 2 months, but a parent should first confirm this with the doctor at the 6-8 week... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Doctor's sm. forceps: A doctor can use a small forceps (with teeth on the end of it for traction) to grab a bead that is stuck in the nose. If that doesn't work, one may n... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Probably not: Most babies sit at 6 months. Crawling comes a bit later, around 8 months. A baby who is not crawling at 9 months can see the doctor at the 9-month c... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Inhaling strongly: After a coughing and coughing, a child will try to catch his breath by breathing in strongly. This forceful inhalation makes a whooping sound. Babie... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No: Most babies who appear to have increased tears in the eyes actually have some blockage in the tear ducts (drainage ducts near the bridge of the nose),... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Baby acts not hungry: A healthy, normal-weight baby is getting enough breastmilk if she breastfeeds a little while and then smiles and starts goofing around. Be sure she h... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Whitish mouth spots: Thrush shows up as whitish spots on the tongue, cheeks, gums, and/or palate. The spots are not easily wiped off with a towel, because the spots are a... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Door & drawer locks: Drawers and cabinet doors must all be locked up. Velcro straps can be used to hold many items in place, such as tv sets and lamps, which could fall o... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Usually temporary: New babies often have disconjugate gaze (the eyes don't look in the same direction), especially if they are not trying to look at anything. The gaze s... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
0 months: Healthy babies in america are recommended to sleep alone, faced up, in a safe bassinet or crib, from they time they are born. It is not possible nor ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes: It is safe to occasionally use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for toddlers who have fever, pain, or other discomfort (such as fussiness after vacci... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes: If a baby is deemed "colicky" by the doctor, try a formula such as alimentum, nutramigen, or pregestimil for at least 2 weeks, to see if the baby gets... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Nasal saline drops: Babies ages 3-12 months can easily catch colds from other people. If there is just a runny nose, without much fussiness, without any high fever, with... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Some bug repellents: Since ticks stay attached on the skin to feed, a baby bath followed by a full-body inspection can be done after an outing, to be sure no ticks are att... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Keep clean and dry: The neck area can get moist. Rashes in moist areas can have yeast, so a doctor should see the rash to decide whether or not anti-yeast cream or powde... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
"babywash" liquid: Liquid "babywash" or liquid "baby shampoo" can be used a couple of times a week during the bathing, to wash the hair. Remember that washing a baby to... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Stay in the shade: Babies sunburn easily. Provide shade for a baby. Baby strollers should have a cover to block the sun. Umbrellas can be used. Sun shades for car wi... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Gets similar benefit: The main difference in flu shots is that children under age 3 years get a half-sized dose. Some vaccines are not approved by the fda for younger kids... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Usually won't matter: Recurrent rashes on the arms and legs of babies are often eczema, which appears as reddened, rough, dry skin areas. On severe eczema areas, the skin ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
MMR after delivery: The mumps vaccine (MMR) is a live-virus vaccine, so it is not given to pregnant women or to women just about to become pregnant. It can be given to th... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Alarm may go off: Surgical plates and screws may be detected by airport passenger scanners, so one should carry a doctor's explanation when traveling, in case an alarm ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
1 week to few months: Malaria symptoms show up a week to a few months after being infected by a mosquito bite. Fevers, chills, fatigue, swelling of the spleen, etc... Usual... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
About 1-2 months: After a female scabies mite lays eggs, they hatch 3 days later. Around 2 weeks later, the new mites can find mates. A fertilized female mite burrows i... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Ask Dr. & search web: There is currently no way to reverse scoliosis. However, curvature may be slowed down & suppressed (prevent more curvature) if treated. That means peo... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Vaccinate the others: If flu vaccine is given to everybody else around a baby, then the baby has much less chance of catching the flu. Staying away from crowds is another ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No: One should not try to pull the foreskin over the glans end of the penis of a baby. Instead, one should wait and let the foreskin loosen as the penis ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Look for the cause: A baby who is not ill, but who has gas, usually is getting gassy from something in the diet. Passing a small amount of gas, once in a while, is likel... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No: There is not a shot to treat repeated ear infections in babies. A new baby cannot be predicted to have future repeated ear infections, although these... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No: From a medical viewpoint, the answer is no. There is huge variation in the percentage of baby boys that get circumcised. It depends on the ethnic gro... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Regular nipple is ok: Normal healthy babies can use a regular standard nipple, easily found in any store. Standard nipples have worked fine for decades. But if a baby is ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes: Most likely the moms get up more frequently with a baby than the dads do, because the moms have the breasts & breastmilk.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
A drug drop-off site: A city may have medicine drop-off sites, such as at some pharmacies. If no drop-off site is available, consider throwing the medicine (in its containe... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Formula, but costs $: A 1 year old baby can switch off of formula and start whole cow milk. Formula is somewhat more nutritious but is much more expensive. A baby who is ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Feeding may help: The air pressure in the middle ear (on the inner side of the eardrum) can have trouble getting in or out, when the airplane goes down or up. The pres... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Use cream; wash less: Eczema can be treated by increasing the moisture in the skin, by using creams such as cerave or cetaphil. Hydrocortisone 1% cream is over-the-counter... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Ensures enough Vit.K: Before the days of newborn vitamin K shots, some babies would have bleeding due to inadequate vitamin k. Now, each newborn gets a vitamin K shot to p... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Vaseline, a few days: After the "foreskin" has been cut off, the wound area is a little oozy with a slight amount of blood and sticky material. For about 3 days, the paren... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Check weight & color: A newborn goes to his first appointment, shortly after discharge from the hospital, to have his weight checked, his color checked, and his activity ch... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes: Parents should contact the doctor if their child is wheezing. Wheezing is a noise a person makes when exhaling (breathing out). The noise is due to ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Avoid risk factors: Risk factors that increase the likelihood of getting an ear infection include: exposure to smoke (or other irritant particles in the air), attending ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
3-7 days: After catching the virus from someone, a baby should show symptoms 3-7 days later. Hand-foot-mouth disease is caused by viruses that belong to the en... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
If too many symptoms: Hay fever (allergies) is usually due to pollens that are in the air. Some people are allergic to molds and other substances. One can wear a mask when ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Too big in highchair: A baby is too young to sit in a booster seat. Use a high chair until the baby is too big for a high chair, or until the baby is mature enough to stay... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Avoid wiping motion: If cleaning with baby wipes seems to make a diaper rash worse, try cleaning by dabbing with a moist/wet tissue, or by rinsing the butt with water and ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Most likely yes: Home urine pregnancy tests are very accurate, so a faint positive line means a woman is pregnant. Her primary care doctor can do another test to confi... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No: The nutritional value of formulas in america are standardized, so they have similar amounts of calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fat. There are, ... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Usually not, but...: Preemies can usually use a regular infant car seat upon leaving the hospital. Before leaving the hospital, the parents should take the car seat, plus... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes: Colicky babies do outgrow their fussiness as they get older.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No: A child who is lucky can grow out of allergies, but that cannot be predicted early on. Usually, allergies change over time. A person can become alle... Read More
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
2 years: Babies aren't able to undress themselves until they become toddlers. They gradually start helping get dressed or undressed, such as by moving their a... Read More
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Dec 10, 2014
I enjoy reading Dr. Kwok's advice on Health Tap. I'm impressed by the broad scope of his medical knowledge, his sense of humor and his skill in explaining medical issues to patients in plain English w...Read More
This doctor is an outstanding pediatrician and knows what he's talking about. He's compassionate and concerned. He also takes time with patients. I recommend him whole-heartedly!
Dr. Kwok is a kind and knowledgable physician who is always a pleasure to interact and work with. I would highly recommend as a pediatrician in the south bay area!
HealthTap member
Lol thanks. I am aware of that, many I should have been more clear, I wanted to know of how to get the poop out, in my question I said it has been 3-4wks since last BM and am afraid that it will becom...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you Dr. Kwok for your time. Unfortunately, I'm pretty certain that he said 6cm but I will call the office to confirm. He actually called it a "growth". I have had unexplained weight loss in t...Read More
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Thanks for telling me the reasons for possible addition of oxygen. That was exactly my question but I asked it in a way that looked more like asking for permission to use it on my re-read. There does ...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Baylor College of Medicine, TX
MD

Residency

Texas Children's Hospital

Awards

Most Loved Doctor, First Place, National - Winter
2015
Master Rx Editor, First Place, National - Winter
2015
Top Doctor, Second Place, San Jose Region - Spring
2015

Affiliations

Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics

Virtual Visit Ratings

5.0
1 rating

1 top review

36-year-old male
Mar 13, 2020 CA
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