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Tribeca Pediatrics
was founded by Dr. Michel Cohen
in 1994 in his loft in
Tribeca where he lived
with his family.
The practice was very
popular with
local parents
who loved
his low
intervention
approach,
personal touch
and high quality
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About Us

tnbTribeca Pediatrics was founded by Dr. Michel Cohen in 1994 in his loft in Tribeca where he lived with his family.The practice was very popular with local parents who loved his low intervention approach, personal touch and high quality of care. His philosophy eventually evolved into the book “The New Basics: A to Z Baby and Child Care for the Modern Parent”.

Over the years Dr Michel Cohen has opened numerous offices in developing neighborhoods in the NY region and  in LA. Throughout, Tribeca Pediatrics has kept his strong commitment to a high quality of care in intimate and  playful environments where families develop lasting relationships with their providers.

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Hepatitis B (Hep B)(Merck)

This vaccine creates a lifelong immunity to Hepatitis B. We give it early on because this vaccine requires three boosters for the immunity to fully develop.

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTAP) (Sanofi Pasteur)

The DTaP is a combination vaccine that immunizes against three different diseases:
- The Diphtheria Virus
- Tetanus
- Pertussis

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap)(Sanofi Pasteur)

The Tdap is a combination vaccine that immunizes against three different diseases:
- The Diphtheria Virus
- Tetanus
- Pertussis

Pentacel (Sanofi Pasteur)

This is not a disease, but rather a combination of five vaccines (DTaP, IPV, Hib) that we use to make life easier for our patients and their parents. It can spare your baby up to seven injections within the first two years of life. It's been proven safe and effective during a decade of use in Canada, where more than 14 million doses have been administered. We've been using it since March 2009.

Haemophilus B (HIB)(Sanofi Pasteur)

This immunization protects against a dreadful bacteria that once caused brain infections in children. Vaccination has almost totally eradicated the bacteria. It can be given in combination with the hepatitis B vaccine, and it’s mandatory for school admission.

Polio (IPV)(Sanofi Pasteur)

This vaccine protects against Polio and has been part of one of the most successful efforts to completely eradicate this condition from the face of the earth.

Rotateq (Merck)

The Rotateq vaccine can help protect your child from the rotavirus which may cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. Nearly all children become infected with the rotavirus by the time they are 5 years old.

Prevnar (Pneumococcal Conjugate or PCV)(Wyeth)

Known as the “ear-infection vaccine,” it technically prevents a rare form of meningitis that is particular to young children, and to a lesser degree it also decreases the occurrence of some pneumonias and ear infections.

Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine (MMR)(Merck)

This is another combination vaccine that handles three diseases. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. can cause birth defects in the fetuses of infected mothers. As a result of the immunization effort, these three diseases are almost nonexistent in the United States.

Chicken Pox (Varicella)(Merck)

Vaccinating against Chicken Pox early in life decreases the chances that your child will contract this disease, which is unpleasant at a young age.The Chicken Pox vaccine is a live attenuated virus that is safe and efficient. Future boosters may be added to the vaccine regimen. The chicken pox immunization is becoming increasingly mandatory for school admission.

Hepatitis A (Hep A)(Merck)

Hepatitis A is a recommended (not required) vaccine administered in two doses six months apart. Hepatitis A is an acute self-limited illness that can last several weeks and is usually associated with fever, jaundice, and a decreased appetite.

Meningococcal (MPSV)(Sanofi Pasteur)

This vaccine protects against a serious bacterial illness.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)(Merck)

This vaccine protects against the Human Papilloma Virus. It is recommended for children between the ages of 9 and 12 years old.

Updated immunization schedule due to vaccine shortage from Sanofi-Pasteur.

BreastFeeding

quetzalOur lactation consultant Quetzal [Ket-sal] Currie has been working with new and expectant moms since 1997. She is a midwife as well as an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, bringing both clinical skills and parent education experience to her work.

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Breastfeeding Clinics

Ask basic questions; determine whether a breastfeeding clinic or home visit would be helpful. No charge.  Call 646-836-9299.

Breastfeeding Clinics

Connect with other moms and get guidance on breastfeeding basics. $40/class.

Home Visit

Discuss specific breastfeeding and newborn care concerns during a comprehensive one-hour session. $300/visit. Call 646-836-9299 or:
breastfeeding@tribecapediatrics.com

Medications While Nursing

As a general rule, a drug that is nontoxic for you is nontoxic for your baby too. Many medications, however, carry a warning label not because they are known to be detrimental but because drug companies simply haven’t bothered testing the drugs’ safety in conjunction with nursing.

  • The local anesthesia you get at the dentist presents no danger. Anything more complicated would be administered by an anesthesiologist, who would take your condition into account.

  • Almost all over-the-counter medications such as painkillers and cold remedies are safe while breastfeeding when used in recommended doses.

  • Most antibiotics are safe while breast feeding, especially those that are prescribed for breast infections.

    Amoxicillin,
    Augmentin,
    Azythromycin,
    Bactrim,
    Clindamycin,
    Cefdinir/Omnicef,
    Cefuroxime,
    Erythromycin,
    Dicloxicillin,
    Keflex,
    and Oral Vancomycin.

  • Antidepressants have not been formally endorsed as safe for breastfeeding mothers, but we have seen many women who took small doses of Prozac or other antidepressants for postpartum depression while nursing, and their babies suffered no consequences. The problem is not simple. Often, the thought of discontinuing nursing is just too much, and it induces a sense of failure and worsens the depression. On the other hand, mothers who already have a tendency to depression will turn even bluer with the postpartum letdown and really need some help to get over the hump. When in doubt, discuss the matter with your doctor.

  • 1-2 drinks (beer, wine, cocktail) in a few hour period is acceptable with breastfeeding. If more then 3 drinks are going to be consumed in a sitting, breast milk should be expressed and discarded prior to next feed.

  • Prescription and OTC Nasal sprays, Prescription and OTC eye drops, OTC Claritin (Claritin-D is NOT acceptable), Allegra, and Zyrtec.

  • Oral Diflucan, Topical Nystatin or Lotrimin creme, Antiviral, Valtrex

  • Advil, Tylenol, Mucinex, No multi-symptom cough/cold medications with Sudafed should be used.

  • Vicodin, Percocet and Tylenol with Codine are safe to use while breastfeeding. If drowsiness in baby is noted, please contact our office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of the most frequent questions from expecting parents.” Want to hear more? Schedule an intro to the practice session, hosted by one of our pediatricians.

  • For newborns, the first appointment should be 3 to 5 days after birth. For older kids, we’ll need medical records before scheduling a well visit. As soon as you register with us online, you can call us to schedule an appointment.

  • We encourage you to see the same doctor or nurse practitioner for well visits to develop a personal relationship. All providers share similar approaches and styles, always consistent with the philosophy of Tribeca Pediatrics.

  • Twenty minutes on average. However, the doctor will not leave the room until all your questions have been answered, and you feel comfortable with the guidance provided.

  • We are constantly monitoring wait time to keep it under twenty minutes.

  • Routine or “well” visits are to examine your child and monitor growth. A large part of the routine check-ups are about guidance. We begin with getting breastfeeding off to a smooth start. We then focus on strategies for raising a good sleeper. Parents love the fact that most of the babies in our practice sleep through the night by 2-3 months of age. As your child grows, we will also guide you on nutrition as well as emotional and cognitive development. Before each visit you will receive an outline of what to expect so that you can be better prepared.

  • We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) schedule and all our vaccines are Thimerosal free. Immunizations are administered at the end of appointments, after a discussion of the benefits and possible side-effects.

  • Register yourself and your child using our Patient Portal. If you are transferring from a different practice please also fax over our Medical Release Form for to you previous pediatrician.

  • We accommodate same-day sick visits.

  • Parents in our practice highly appreciate the convenience of having on-the-spot support in emergency situations. You can directly reach a doctor or a nurse practitioner at any time of the day, night or weekend. In the rare case that your child needs to be directed to the emergency room, your doctor will coordinate the care with the emergency room physicians.

  • Call the office to get a phone appointment for later in the day. A doctor or a nurse will call you back at a specified time to discuss your concerns. You can also send us an email with your questions and a provider will get back to you.

  • We fully support breastfeeding and will provide you with assistance and advice. And while the majority of moms in our practice do breastfeed, we will respect your choice if you decide to use formula, and we’ll provide you with any guidance and advice you may need.

  • We are affiliated with New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell, which has one of the most prestigious pediatric centers in the country.


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Childbirth Classes

Our childbirth classes are taught by engaging and highly qualified educators who incorporate the best of the various methods (Lamaze, Bradley, etc.) into their classes. We have developed a realistic,

Topics included:

  • How labor works: signs, stages, when to call, when to go.
  • The full range of natural coping strategies from massage to breathing to positioning.
  • Epidurals and pain medications.
  • All you need to know about medical procedures such as monitoring, induction and cesarean birth.
  • What to expect at the hospital or birth center and during the recovery period.
Book A Class
  • Duration: 3 weeknights or 1 weekend intensive.
  • Price: $350 per couple.
  • Flex spending:You can use you flex spending – call to register. Check with your insurance
    if classes are covered under your plan.
  • Package Discount: Childbirth Preparation, Baby Care, and Breastfeeding are bundled
    to give you a $75 discount. Call to get the package deal.
  • Private sessions:All group classes available as private sessions, call for details.
  • Register: online now or call 646-863-4500

Baby care classes

An instructive and reassuring class for expectant parents wanting to know the basics of baby care from diapering and crying to understanding how infants think, sleep, and behave.

Topics included:

  • Bathing, swaddling, and dressing a baby.
  • All you need to know about changing diapers.
  • Understanding newborn sleep and developing sleep strategies.
  • Signs of problems and when to call the doctor.

Adopting? You are welcome to join this group class. We also offer Essential Baby Care for Adoptive Parents as a private session.

Book A Class
  • Duration: One 3-hour class weeknight or weekend day.
  • Price: $85 per couple.
  • Flex spending:You can use your flex spending to pay for your classes – call to register.
  • Package Discount: Childbirth Preparation, Baby Care, and Breastfeeding are bundled to give you a $75 discount. Call to get the package deal.
  • Pivate sessions:All group classes available as private sessions, call for details.
  • Register: online now or call 646-863-4500

Baby care and Feeding

An instructive and reassuring class for expectant parents wanting to know the basics of baby care from diapering and crying to understanding how infants think, sleep, and behave. This information-packed session also covers successful establishment and maintenance of feeding. This class is for both parents.

Topics included:

  • Bathing, swaddling, diapering and dressing a baby
  • Understanding newborn sleep
  • Normal newborn appearances
  • When to call the doctor
  • Getting off to a good start with feeding
  • Common feeding problems and how to avoid them
  • Pumping and storing milk
Adopting? You are welcome to join this group class. We also offer Essential Baby Care for Adoptive Parents as a private session.
Book A Class
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Fee per couple: $150.
  • Package deal: COMBO can be bundled with childbirth class for discount of $75 off!
  • Flex spending: You can use your flex spending to pay for your classes – call to register.
  • Private sessions: All group classes available as private sessions, call for details.
  • Register: online now or call 646-863-4500.

New Dad Boot Camps

New Dad Boot Camps offer expectant and new dads a frank discussion along with practical advice and hands-on training in essential parenting duties, such as

Topics included:

  • Developing a parenting partnership.
  • Being supportive of mom.
  • Creating a baby-safe environment
  • Bonding with your baby.
  • Managing relatives.
  • Balancing work and parenting.

Given the hands-on nature of this session, we ask that you do not bring babies to the class. We want to make sure that you benefit from all of the information packed into this session.

Book A Class
  • Class Details: 3-hour session.
  • Class Cost: $65 per person.
  • Flex spending:Book online or call 646 863 4500 to schedule your class using flex spending to pay for your classes.
  • Please note:This is not a CPR certification class.

Cpr & Safety

Come learn infant and child CPR. This interactive, fun session will leave you well prepared for a cardiac or choking emergency. This class can be taken before or after birth.

Topics included:

  • Infant and child CPR, newborn to 12 years.
  • Critical safety information for new parents.
  • Techniques to help your infant or child in a breathing emergency.
  • Car seat safety and travel information.

Given the hands-on nature of this session, we ask that you do not bring babies to the class. We want to make sure that you benefit from all of the information packed into this session.

Book A Class
  • Class Details: The CPR and Safety class is a 2-hour session.
  • Class Cost: $85 per person. Each participant will have their own set of props to work with.
  • Book online or call 646 863 4500 to schedule your class using flex spending to pay for your classes.
  • Please note: This is not a CPR certification class.

Blog Posts

Let’s Get Physical

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Yes, the immortal words of Olivia Newton John live on, but for your child this can mean a variety of things and a whole new world of concern. We’re not talking about the birds and the bees. (We don’t want to deal with that any more than you do.) No, this month we will be discussing exercise and aggression, what’s healthy, what’s not, and what you can do when issues arise.

Exercise

Spring has finally sprung, which means there’s a whole array of activities that are once again open for you and your child to enjoy. This includes playgrounds, parks, beaches, hiking, organized sports, and even the impromptu game of tag. If you’ve been stuck indoors waiting for the cold to pass, it’s time to get out there.

Children of every age need at least an hour of physical activity a day, and it’s not just for healthy bones and muscles, it’s for a healthy mind. Children who exercise daily, whether they know it or not, are less stressed, feel better about themselves, perform better in school, and even sleep better at night. These factors combined gives children a more positive outlook on life that will help bolster them during those difficult teenage years, and as we all know, the ones beyond as well.

As far as the physical benefits, exercise certainly helps children maintain a healthy weight, low blood pressure and low cholesterol levels. But, if you are concerned that your child may already be overweight or obese, don’t despair. There are many
things that can be done, and the most effective strategies start with assessment. Feel free to contact us with your concerns or to make an appointment. In the meantime, just going out for a family walk after dinner can put you on the right path toward a healthy level of physical activity for you and your tot.

Hitting and Aggressive Behavior

If your toddler has recently entered the phase when a swat accompanies a “no” or even a smile, take comfort. Your child is not evil, your child is a child. Toddlers are naturally aggressive, and just like many of the behaviors popping up at this time,
they can be reinforced by positive or negative feedback.

Though hitting may seem to be an escalation in negative behavior, it is not coming from an increasingly negative place or emotion. For this reason, we recommend treating it like you would any other bad habit. If it’s a light tap, let it go. If it’s a
resounding smack, a time out is in order. Put your toddler in their crib or other safe place and let them vent their frustrations for a couple minutes. Lengthy explanations on the inappropriate nature of the incident, or asking for an apology is fruitless, as your child, most likely, did not mean you any harm.

If hitting and other forms of aggression persist well into the third year of age and beyond, you may need to employ more firm disciplinary tactics, including longer and more frequent time outs. For additional information on recommended techniques you can refer to our newsletter on discipline, or give us a call. It takes a village after all, and you won’t be the first.

The Wrap Up

As you have already observed, your child is not only accumulating feet and inches, but complexity as well. The exploration of physicality and physical expression is an important part in their journey, and you have an integral role in guiding them toward the best outlets and coping mechanisms. So, now that it’s spring, take the bull by the horns, grab your tot, hit the trail, and get physical. You just might find yourself in a better place as well.

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