In the Press

My writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Newsweek, and KevinMD, among other media outlets.

If you are interested in republishing my material in print or online, please contact me. All material on this site is my original work, and I do not allow republication without permission.

The following are links to my posts on external sites (arranged in reverse chronological order):


KevinMD, 02 Jun 2017: It’s time for kids to stop drinking fruit juice. Here’s why.

KevinMD, 07 May 2017: The vaccine study you’ll never see

KevinMD, 19 Apr 2017: My kids are vaccinated because I love them

KevinMD, 07 Feb 2017: Should we stop burping babies?

Washington Post, 23 Jan 2017: Sometimes you really do need to keep your kid home from school

KevinMD, 19 Jan 2017: Sometimes doing no harm means doing nothing

KevinMD, 26 Aug 2016: 7 pediatrician tips for back-to-school success

KevinMD, 16 Jun 2016: What we don’t know about vaginal seeding

Washington Post, 13 Jun 2016: Is your child’s pediatrician better than a smartphone?

Washington Post, 22 Feb 2016: The night my heart stopped beating

KevinMD, 18 Feb 2016: How to boost your child’s immune system the right way

KevinMD, 04 Feb 2016: The truth about fevers in infants

KevinMD, 10 Jan 2016: Prevent your baby from dying: 9 tips every parent should know

Washington Post, 21 Dec 2015: It’s winter, and snotty babies can spread this nasty illness

KevinMD, 24 Nov 2015: A physician’s personal experience with evidence-based medicine

Washington Post, 02 Nov 2015: My child can’t focus in school. Does he need medication?

The Scientific Parent, 13 Oct 2015: Potty Training Sucks. Here are 8 sanity-saving tips.

KevinMD, 02 Oct 2015: A pediatrician gives vaccine advice to presidential candidates

Forbes, 06 Aug 2015: Way Too Many School Start Way Too Friggin’ Early (feat. in article)

KevinMD, 21 Jul 2015: A doctor’s personal story of vaccine hesitancy

KevinMD, 08 Jul 2015: What is pediatrics? It’s more than just runny noses.

Washington Post, 07 Jul 2015: Here’s a lawn mower story intended to scare you

Washington Post, 15 Jun 2015: Here’s what to do if you worry about your child’s weight

KevinMD, 14 Apr 2015: We need to reframe alternative medicine in a new way. Like this.

Washington Post, 31 Mar 2015: Why is your baby crying? Is it really colic–or not?

Washington Post, 17 Mar 2015: Your kid is really sick but the doctor says it’s ‘just a virus’

KevinMD, 26 Feb 2015: 4 things this doctor learned after his heart stopped beating

KevinMD, 18 Feb 2015: So what’s the big deal about measles?

Newsweek, 11 Feb 2015: The Night My Heart Stopped Beating

Washington Post, 10 Feb 2015: Dear Anti-Vax Parents: We’re Not Mad At You

KevinMD, 09 Feb 2015: What If Mechanics Got Paid Like Doctors?

Newsweek, 06 Feb 2015: I Hesitated Before Vaccinating My Daughter–And I’m a Doctor

Newsweek, 04 Feb 2015: Dear Anti-Vax Parents: We’re Not Mad At You

KevinMD, 02 Feb 2015: Dear anti-vax parents: It’s not your fault

KevinMD, 25 Jan 2015: Here’s why we need evidence-based pediatrics

KevinMD, 17 Jan 2015: Why is diagnosing ear infections so hard?

KevinMD, 08 Jan 2015: A 3-year-old taught me to chase my dreams

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  1. Dear Dr. Hayes,
    I read your letter in kevinmd about your three daughters and questions and answers about vaccinations. I wanted to thank you for your gentle approach to this issue. I think this type of approach might be the most effective in reaching those with fears and suspicions about childhood vaccinations.
    My question for you is what would you say to the parents who fear the quantity and timing of vaccinations given to children and young adults? I raised my kids in the 80s and didn’t think twice about the safety. I’m enough of a baby boomer to retain gratitude for pharmacological breakthroughs, having known those crippled by polio and hearing the stories from my elders about similar diseases. But I have heard these doubts voiced by younger parents and wondered what your response to them would be.
    Yours in health,
    Lori Juarez

    • Lori–thanks for reading. I think there are two sides to that question–one is whether our vaccine program is safe, and the other is whether the current vaccines are necessary.

      Regarding safety, we have studies to show that vaccine are one of the safest medical interventions we have. I have told a lot of parents that the most dangerous part about vaccinating your child is the drive to the pediatrician’s office. The rate of serious side effects is just so low compared to the risk of these diseases, that it is clearly the right decision. I linked to some of these studies in another reply.

      The problem today isn’t that vaccines are unsafe–it’s that anybody who wants to can create a website, write whatever they want next to a picture of a syringe, and post it to Facebook to share with the world. I’m not saying that people shouldn’t have the right to do that, but it is such a complex issue that most parents (even well-educated ones) have trouble deciding whom to believe. Being able to read and interpret scientific studies, see through the scary stuff that is either untrue or exceedingly rare, and trust evidence over emotion is really difficult.

      As far as the need for these vaccines, you’re exactly right. Most parents today have no idea what these diseases are like, so they aren’t very concerned about them. Explaining the reason why we want to protect against each disease, the reason multiple doses are needed, etc. can be helpful. Texas Children’s created a book that helps with this: you can read it here.