Scott Cohen
Scott Cohen: Pediatric Expert

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Scott W. Cohen, MD, FAAP, is a board certified physician who has created a new philosophy in pediatrics that he calls "Common Sense Pediatrics", where he educates patients and families on how to raise healthy children stress free. This philosophy will be featured in his upcoming book Eat, Sleep, Poop: Simplifying Your Baby’s First Year Through Common Sense Parenting, to be published by Scribner.

Dr. Cohen grew up in Maryland and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cornell University. In 2000, he graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine, and completed his pediatric training in 2003 from Children's Hospital Los Angeles. While at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, he was the recipient of the Victor E. Stork Award for continued excellence and future promise in the care of children. He was also awarded the Community Service Award for helping to develop Helping Hands for Children, a curriculum that teaches pediatricians to effectively advocate for the needs of children.

Dr. Cohen is the co-founder of Beverly Hills Pediatrics where he currently practices. He was awarded Pediatrician of the Year in 2006 and was the recipient of the Physician Recognition Award in Pediatrics in 2005 from Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he is currently an attending and active member of the teaching staff. Dr. Cohen was also selected as one of the Best Doctors in America 2007-2008. The “Best Doctors” represents the top five percent of physicians in the United States based on a peer-reviewed poll.

Dr. Cohen has appeared on 98.7 FM radio talk show Therapy Thursdays with Jamie, Jack, and Stench, and served as an expert reviewer for the Los Angeles Times bestseller The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy, Confident Kids by Dr. Jenn Berman. In addition, he was an editor for the popular medical text Pediatric Ophthalmology for Primary Care by renowned pediatric ophthalmologist Kenneth Wright, MD. Dr. Cohen is also a featured speaker for Mead Johnson, lecturing about the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in brain development, cognition, and visual acuity in growing children. Dr. Cohen is the sole pediatric specialist on, a website that provides educational videos by medical specialists on a variety of topics. Dr. Cohen answers questions on pediatric hot topics that range from birth to adolescence.
  • Best Thermometers
    Imagine you wake up in the middle of the night to your child moaning uncomfortably and shivering uncontrollably. You place your hand on their forehead and realize they are burning up. All you want to know is how high the temperature is. Seems like a simple task until you reach into your medicine drawer only to find a myriad of devices that you have bought or friends have given you. There you find a digital rectal, oral, pacifier, axillary, forehead scanning and ear thermometer. And deep in the back of the draw you pull out an old glass mercury thermometer left over from your childhood. Now you are sweating and wondering what to use.

    As a pediatrician, parents commonly ask me questions about fever. As a new father, I understand that when your child is sick and has a fever, it can be one of the most concerning and frightening situations that you encounter. Fever is defined as any temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Although taking a temperature may appear to be a mundane task, the location at which the temperature is taken as well as the accuracy of the thermometer is very important. For example, the difference between 100.3 and 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in a child under two months of age may be the difference between seeing your doctor in the office or going emergently to the hospital for a battery of unpleasant tests. As a result, infants under two to three months of age should always use a rectal thermometer. Rectal temperatures are the most accurate. After two to three months of age you can take your child’s temperature using an axillary (underarm) thermometer and then by five years of age your child should be able to use an oral thermometer. Unfortunately, technology has yielded us a slew of choices when it comes to taking a child’s temperature, making this process very confusing.

    As a result, I have compiled the five best of the best and the five best of the rest thermometers to use in children. As you will see the price of the thermometer does not necessarily indicate the usefulness of it. In fact, I recommend steering clear of ear thermometers because they are both expensive and tend to be inaccurate at any age. Furthermore, properly dispose of your old glass mercury thermometers due to the toxic risks of mercury. Stick to your run-of-the-mill digital rectal, axillary, or oral thermometers to get you safely through the night.
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