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Hansa D Bhargava, MD, FAAP

Hansa D Bhargava, MD, FAAPHansa D Bhargava, MD, FAAP

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Bio

Hansa Bhargava, MD, is WebMD's expert pediatrician. She oversees the team of medical experts responsible for ensuring the accuracy, credibility, and timeliness of all content on WebMD FIT and Raising FIT Kids, and she blogs for these sites as well.

As the spokesperson for FIT, she has worked with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2012, she served as an expert panelist with first lady Michelle Obama at the WebMD/Lets Move Town Hall in Miami, Fla. She has served as a featured speaker at national and regional FIT events along with WebMD’s partner, Sanford Health. Bhargava also represents WebMD in national and regional media including appearances on CBS Radio and has been interviewed by publications including Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, Fit Pregnancy, Prevention, and Working Mother.  She has also presented a workshop at the American Academy of Pediatrics regional conference on Social Media, Technology and Its Impact on Families.

In addition, Bhargava is the featured pediatrician expert for WebMD Baby, a mobile app for parents. Designed to provide trustworthy, doctor-approved information personalized by a baby’s age, the app offers tips and videos from Bhargava. She was instrumental in its development and speaks on behalf of WebMD in media coverage of the app.

With extensive experience in the areas of health and wellness of infants, toddlers, and children, Bhargava came to WebMD from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, affiliated with Emory University, where she practiced for seven years as a lead physician in immediate care.

Bhargava has a deep-rooted interest in pediatric nutrition and obesity, and has been involved in establishing outreach and intervention programs in partnership with hospital systems and schools since 2001. She co-founded an educational program called FitKids in Summit, N.J., and consulted with Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on their recent initiatives for preventing and intervening in pediatric obesity. She also worked closely with Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta to help organize an exhibit on nutrition for kids.

Bhargava was a member of the Georgia Collaborative Taskforce for the Prevention of Obesity, as well as the Georgia chapter of the Pediatric Obesity Taskforce for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has presented lectures and CMEs to doctors and other health care providers, both locally and nationally, on the impact of obesity in pediatrics. She has also led various workshops about child nutrition and childhood obesity for pediatricians and families.

Bhargava is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and a one-year fellowship in gastroenterology and nutrition at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is board certified in pediatrics. She lives in Atlanta and has two children.

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My Answers

A. If your baby has vomiting or diarrhea and is acting unusual, she could be dehydrated. Dehydration can happen much easier in young children and...
A. If your daughter is complaining about her right lower quadrant of her abdomen, she needs to be seen by a doctor. Although, one of the serious causes...
A. Tap water is monitored by the municipalities and is generally considered safe for children. Additionally, most cities add fluoride to water which...
A. A cough that has lasted that long needs to be assessed by a doctor. It could be many things including asthma, allergies, and even pneumonia or...
A. A cough in a healthy 4 year old can be many things. Most commonly, colds from viral infections can cause coughs. Other causes can be allergies, post...
A. Congestion can happen when children are fighting colds or coughs. Unfortunately, over the counter cough & cold medicines are not safe in this age...
A. Exploration of thier bodies, is normal behavior for toddlers and preschoolers.About 1/3 of children this age occasionally masturbate. This may happen...
A. Sorry to hear your son is acting that way.Many things can cause a child to act differently including being sick, being frustrated, or even simple...
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A. Your doctor may be referring to CRP- C-reactive protein. This often is elevated when there is an infection or inflammation in the body.Clarify with...
A. Stomach pains in an 8 year old could be many things- gastritis (when the stomach lining is irritated), reflux (like heartburn in adults)...
A. One cup of coffee per day is generally allowed in pregnancy. Up to 200mg of caffeine are allowed, and most coffee or tea contains 137-150 mg...
A. The flu shot contains inactivated virus, not live virus. This should not cause any flu symptoms and is not going to make you contagious.THe nasal flu...
A. Most asthma medicines are considered safe and are used in children. For example albuterol is sometimes used in babies and young infants if they have...
A. If your son, is lethargic and is not eating or drinking very much, he may be dehydrated. Children can get dehydrated much easier than adults and this...