What does it mean to be the best? Naline Lai, MD, FAAP, and Jule Kardos, MD, FAAP — two pediatricians from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) — know. Their blog, Two Peds in a Pod, was just named one of Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web” sites. Magazine editors reviewed more than 500 expert-driven blogs to compile their list of the best 50 in a range of categories, from living well to saving money.
“It’s amazing to be recognized for your hard work, especially by such a popular publication like Parents magazine,” says Dr. Kardos. “We started the blog six years ago with the idea of helping parents answer their everyday questions. We never thought we’d be recognized by a national magazine!”
“As both practicing doctors and as moms who stand at the bus stop, we know a lot of questions arise between check-ups,” says Dr. Lai. “So we created the blog to help parents answer some of the most common questions we hear — without taking a break from their busy lives.”
At first, Dr. Lai and Dr. Kardos planned to co-write a pediatrics book together, but when they started writing it, they realized busy parents turn to the internet for answers. That’s when their book idea turned into a blog. Today, “Two Peds in a Pod” reaches parents across the country, and around the globe. The blog has more than 1 million hits from parents as far as India.
“Two Peds in a Pod” is not a question-and-answer site and does not have specific information about particular cases. Both Dr. Lai and Dr. Kardos say their blog is written for general information and is not a substitute for the patient-doctor relationship. Dr. Lai and Dr. Kardos hope parents can use what they learn from the blog to expand the conversation with their child’s pediatrician.