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Dr. Naomi Zilkha

Pediatrics
NY
29 years experience female

About

Bio

I am a board-certified pediatrician with over 20 years experience in private practice and hospital settings. Pediatrics is my passion! I specialize in the treatment of children from their first day of life until their twenty first birthday. My areas of special interest include first-time parents, issues with newborns and toddlers, children with special needs, and adolescents. I welcome any and all questions/issues/concerns you may have regarding your child. When I am not practicing telemedicine, you can find me teaching medical students at the Hoftstra University School of Medicine here in New York. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, organic gardening and embarrassing my teenage daughters. I look forward to connecting with you!

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Pediatrics

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50 Answers
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Yeast infection: Sounds like you might have a yeast infection (aka "Jock itch") in your buttocks area Try keeping the area dry, and try an over the counter cream such... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Zyrtec (cetirizine) dosage: Althought it's a little extra, it will be fine. He might just be extra-sleepy at bed-time.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Prolonged fever: It sounds like you need to have your daughter evaluated as soon as possible. Those are all symptoms that require evaluation by a medical professional... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Colic: this is a complicated question to answer without any additional information. I would want to know how well the baby is gaining weight, how the bowel m... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Dental issue: It sounds like you should contact the child's dentist. If it's very worrisome, I would call the emergency line today, or if you think it can wait unt... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Gynecomastia: Plastic surgeons normally are the ones to consult if surgery is necessary. If it's caused by a hormonal issue, an endocrinologist would be a speciali... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Chlamydia: It's possible, but it sounds like you need to see a urologist to discuss all these symptoms and have a proper physical exam
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Cheek rashes: Without a picture, it's difficult to diagnose a rash. It sounds like it could be chapped skin, but I can't be sure. If it is chapped skin, aquaphor ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Abdominal pulsations: I don't know how thin your daughter is, but it is very common for children with thin frames to be able to see an abdominal pulsation when they are lyi... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Autism: Austism is a huge spectrum. Many children with autism are highly functional and will end up as very successful adults, thriving independently includi... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Peewee sports: That answer is so variable depending on the parents. I live on Long Island, and parents do push their kids into peewee sports because they have the i... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Baby food: If a baby is exclusively breast-fed, there is no need to start on baby food until 6 months unless the parents wish to do so. For babies who are exclu... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Developmental peds: Where I work in New York, developemental peds is its own specialty in pediatrics removed from psychiatry so is not considered a mental health service
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Blood type: Depends on the exact makeup of the parents' blood type, but the most likely choices are A+ or O+
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Infant feeding: In my pediatric practice, I normally start infant feeding with fortified rice cereal that you buy in the baby food aisle of the supermarket. You can ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Cardiologist: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can run in families. I recommend talking to your internist or family practice doctor about whether testing would make sen... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Blood types: Yes they can. If each parent is actual AO, then the child has a 25% chance of being OO, which translates to a O blood type
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Telemedicine: Hi! I've been looking into telemedicine for the past 6 months, and it is really just developing for pediatrics. A company called AmericanWell does h... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Peds board cert: Yes. In order to become board certified in pediatrics, a doctor needs to complete a 3 year pediatric residency, and pass the board exam from the Ameri... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Unsure: I am not familiar with O2 syrup. I recommend you ask your pediatrician or pharmacist
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Ear drops: Yes, you can use the two together. The anit-inflammatory effect of the ibuprofen will help with the pain
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Try exercise: You definitely have your plate full! It sounds like you are actually doing great, but may have a touch of "baby blues" due to a combination of post-p... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Not too old: Definitely not too old. I am a pediatrician in New York, and here we see patients up until their 21st birthday, unless they want to switch to an adul... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Surface germs: There are likely to be germs on surfaces in pediatric offices that cannot be cleaned after every patient. If you are concerned about the clip-boards ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Rotavirus: Generally, in the United States, rotavirus does not cause anything worse than dehydration, which sometimes requires and Emercency Room visit for IV fl... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Itchy skin: This isn't a complete question, but there are very many causes of itchy skin in children, with the most common reason being dry skin. If dry skin is ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Tics and ADD: They are quite common, especially if the child is taking medication for the ADD
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Abdominal pain: It sounds like a second opinion is in order. If you can get to see a pediatric gastroenterologist, I would recommend that you start there.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Depends: That is a very difficult question to answer. It depends where you are located in the world. My practice is located in suburban New York, and the mos... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Eye exam: Has she had a full eye exam by an eye doctor? If she hasn't, I think she should see one.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Teething: 8 year old are often in the process of losing their baby teeth and growing in adult teeth, which can cause inflammation of the gums, and feel like a p... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Health and fertility: This is a complicated questions and depends on multiple different factors. In general, the healthier the woman is, the more likely she is to have an ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Breast vs formula: I don't know if you are talking about a doctor you currently are using or a doctor you are interviewing, and I'm not sure if you are thinking of askin... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Viral diarrhea: often babies will catch a virus that manifests itself as only a changed stool. This sounds like typical virally-induced stool change. I would continue... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Bad breath: Bad breath, or halitosis has multiple causes. In children, it can be frequently caused by strep throat or other illnesses. If your child has persist... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Poison control: If you ever have a doubt about what a child has ingested, you should immediately call your local poison control
A member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Sun sensitivity: all antibiotics make the skin more sensitive to the sun, but some do more than others. Do you see a rash on her neck? Was she out in the sun since sh... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Emergency Medicine : I am a pediatrician for over 20 years. In my opinion, the way medicine has changed and is continuing to change, I think ER medicine would be your best... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Accutane: Accutane is a very powerful medication that needs to be given under the strict supervision of a doctor. Normally, you would need to see a dermatologi... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Need internist: Pediatricians generally see patients only until their 21st birthday. After that, it is time to switch to a doctor that specializes in seeing adults.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Reflux medication: Normally pepcid is considered a very safe medication for babies with bad reflux to take over the short term. In my 20 year career, I have not seen lo... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Vomiting: It depends on the age of the child and the cause of the vomiting. Usually, giving the child a break for an hour after the last episode of vomiting wi... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Hypoglycemia: There are many causes of hypoglycemia in a newborn, with the most common being a rebound low blood sugar for an infant born to a diabetic mother. In ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Labial adhesions: For my patients with labial adhesions, I usually recommend using a q-tip with some k-y jelly on it to gently separate the adhesions. If done gently a... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Need more info: without more details or seeing a picture, I can't make a diagnosis. I'd be happy to do an inbox consult or video consult with you to help
A female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Broken finger: I would recommend seeing an orthopedist who specialized in hangs. Doesn't necessarily have to be a pediatric orthopedist.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Levaquin (levofloxacin): Normally Levaquin (levofloxacin) is not used in patients under the age of 18 unless there is a very specific reason to do so.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Spine: It depends what you mean by a lump on the spine. Some children are very thin, so their spine can be easily seen if they bend over, which could look lu... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Vomitting: If she only vomitted that once, and has no fever, diarrhea and is acting normally since, then it definitely could just be her feed
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Naomi Zilkha
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Bloody sputum: It sounds like you should see your doctor. Sometimes what seems to be blood from your chest could actually be blood from your nose, but I wouldn't ta... Read More

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Washington University School of Medicine, MO
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

LONG ISLAND JEWISH MEDICAL CENTER
Completed 1996

Awards

Citation from Edward Mangano Executive Director of Nassau County
Nassau County Department of Health Citation for emergency response during Hurricane Sandy 2012

Affiliations

Long Island Jewish Medical Center
North Shore University Health System
American Medical Association
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