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Dr. Kevin Rodbell

Pediatrics
Atlanta, GA
19 years experience

Locations

Office

Atlanta, GA

Address

1799 Briarcliff Road, NE, Suite X, Atlanta, GA
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About

Bio

Dr. Rodbell, born and raised in Atlanta, is proud to practice in the community in which he grew up. He and his wife have six wonderful children (pictured is Zevi, born in December, 2008). Dr. Rodbell has an eclectic interest in all aspects of Pediatrics. If you've spent any amount of time in his office, or if you've read enough healthTap answers, you'll begin to learn "Rodbell's Rules." These witty, common-sense, thought-provoking, and often probing observations about society, Pediatrics, and life in general capture--in microcosm--his insightful approach to patient care, and his child-like curiosity about life.

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Pediatrics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

40 Answers
13 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
They don't work!: Colds are caused by viruses. Antibiotics don't kill viruses, and they can have unwanted side effects, like diarrhea, rashes, yeast infections, etc. ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
No: No, but children who don't get MMR are at risk for measles, mumps, & rubella. Parents in my practice attended the funeral of a 2 year-old boy who die... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Assess Liquid Cals: Many toddlers refuse solid foods simply because they get their fill of calories from juice or milk. Eliminating juice from the the diet can greatly in... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Always Growing!: Most premies were growing at the same rate as their counterparts who made it to term--only the premies came came out sooner! once they're born, pre... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Usually Not: If you sweat for less than 2 hours, water is usually best. After 2 solid hours, it's advisable to replenish electrolytes. However, the typical sport... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Beat friends to it: In our society, children and adults are inundated with unhealthy messages about intimacy, violence, drugs, etc. Take the opportunity to talk with you... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
1-3 months old: In my experience, all but the most mild cases of infant acne peak in the second month of life and then fade gradually over the following few weeks. I ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
With Love & Patience: Aside from the technical challenge of breastfeeding, per se, you may have to navigate related challenges, like 1) stress of the nicu experience itself... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
A Hidden Gift?: Things that don't come naturally may be the areas in which you have your greatest potential for growth. If you work on smiling more, you may find you... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Absolutely!: Assuming he's within the weight limit, and that there's no suffocation or choking hazards (eg. Thin blankets only; firm, non-conforming mattress cover... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Yes: Many breastfed babies initially resist taking a bottle: understandably, they prefer the familiar taste of a mother's milk, as well as her warmth, atte... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Sponge Bath: Faster-acting than either tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin; cheap; readily available; easy to do. Doesn't even really need a sponge--a wash cloth wor... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Kind of, sort of...: Sure, if the volume is low and you're not too close to the tv, it's not physically harmful to your baby...But what a missed opportunity! news, sit-co... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Popsicles!: That's right, popsicles. Cold and soothing, sometimes it's the only thing kids are willing to try when their mouth is so sore. Popsicles distract from... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
No: The best use of cabbage leaves I am aware of is frozen cabbage on the skin to relieve engorgement or sore nipples. Cheap, easy to come by, and many mo... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Yes: Most mild cases of mastitis will resolve with warm compresses; pain relievers; continued nursing and pumping on the affected side to help release clog... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Yes: When a baby nurses, the milk "let-down" occurs only after your brain releases oxytocin, a hormone that prompts the milk ducts to contract. This hormon... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Have Patience...: Feeding an allergic child takes planning, self-education, creativity...And patience! but if you practice careful avoidance, your child may actually o... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
2-10 :) years: It really depends on what you mean by "dress himself." as dr. Katz pointed out, the main skills needed are there by about 3 years. However, in my ex... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Identify PATTERNS: Growth charts allow us to determine whether the trend or pattern of a child's growth is healthy. This is crucial, because individual measurements may... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Yes: Loaded question! nutrition: highly dependent. Fortunately, preparing you for home care (including nutrition) is one of the things nicu does best. You... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Wean Early: Sooner is better when it comes to weaning from a pacifier. The longer it stays, the harder it is to take away. And the longer it stays, the greater ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
2-4 months: Reflux and spitting up peaks for most babies in the second month of life (contrary to the popular notion that babies spit up a lot when they are first... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Bite your lip!: Ignore her--don't skip a beat. As counter-intuitive as it seems, don't say--or do--anything different from what you were already doing. Fainting from... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Yes: Encourage her to gently wash the area with soap on a daily basis. Older girls should avoid shaving. And avoid the temptation to "pop it"--that will o... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Lost Art of Talking: Unless a child needs a cell phone for safety, i recommend waiting as long as you can. Nevermind radiation, cell phones can pose a hazard to personal ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
No: For the first 3 years, your baby's head is constantly changing shape. Newborns tend to lie on their backs, but as they begin to sit, crawl, and walk, ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
When 1st side EMPTY: Until you're skilled at nursing, "finish the first side first." in a letdown, the foremilk is hi in lactose, the hindmilk hi in fat. Babies need both... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Baby Trumps the Pump: A baby is always more effecient than a pump at getting milk!
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Yes: It's certainly normal, and expected. But know that he really likes breast-feeding better--it's just that the milk comes with minimal effort when he d... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
No: Nursing mothers need to eat a robust, healthy diet, and should continue taking their pre-natal vitamin. Cow's milk is an excellent source of calcium a... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Shirt and Sun-Hat: Unlike adults, babies don't care whether they have a"good tan." dress your baby in loose-fitting, thin, cotton clothes, and a wide-brimmed sun-hat (i... Read More
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Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
R & R: The virus behind cold sores lies dormant in the body until something triggers it to re-emerge, usually a phyiological or emotional stressor (eg. Anoth... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Their Parents!: Toys are fine and dandy, but there's nothing that can stimulate healthy cognitive, emotional, and physical development quite like interacting with a p... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
That Depends...: Depends on what's causing it. Ear aches can come from teething, middle ear infection, tooth grinding, swimmer's ear, foreign bodies (never underestima... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
A Good Memory: "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." once the damage has been done, arguably, the best remedy is to do better next time: loose-ftting ct... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
When? Hmmmm....: While most pregnancy-related changes in the breast will eventually go away, the darker-colored, thicker areola, an adaptation that prepares you for th... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
12-18 months: Ultimately, the sooner after the frist birthday, the better. Longer use of bottles predisposes to cavities, poor eating habits, and ultimately to mal... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Yes: All babies make these kinds of noises. As long as there are no signs of distres od difficulty breathing, not only should you not fret over them, you ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics 19 years experience
No: -lead pencils contain graphite, not lead, so lead poisoning is less of a concern. Just remember to exercise common sense! -when older kids gnaw out ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Rodbell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rodbell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rodbell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 1981MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Maryland School of Medicine, MD
Graduated 2003MD

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