2018 Awards Roundup: Dr. Strumba is Mom-Approved, Compassionate, On-Time, Patients’ Choice Pediatrician

The votes are in! Meet the 2018 Mom-Approved Pediatrician: yours truly.

This is what Metro Parent readers said nominating me to 2018 Mom-Approved Docs recognition:

“Dr. Strumba is by far the best doctor out there. She has so much knowledge and takes her time to explain everything in detail. I recommend her to all parents that are in need of a pediatrician.” – Viola Venetiku

“Dr. Strumba is so fantastic! She is also a board-certified lactation consultant and was very supportive and helpful in with breast-feeding especially when my son was gaining weight more slowly than normal. She is informative and listens well to any questions or concerns. The whole practice is wonderful – we’ve never had a problem getting a sick appointment on the same day and the care is always fantastic.” – Sarah Sidronio, West Bloomfield

“I strongly recommend Dr. Strumba. She is amazing!” – Alla Alexandrov

“Always there to help.” – Ludmila Vorobey, Detroit

Thank you for all these testimonials! Keep them coming, they mean the world to me!

This past July 2018 brought me three other awards shown below: Compassionate Doctor, On-Time Doctor, and Patients’ Choice. (You can see more of my past awards here.)

Smart Parents Don’t Bring Kids to ER for Non-Urgent Conditions

Children tend to get sick in the evenings or on the weekends as we parents all know too well. Before heading to an ER or urgent care, please speak to your primary care pediatrician on-call to get the best advice. In many cases the advice will be to bring your child for a sick visit next morning, instead of going to the ER or urgent care straight away.
Emergency rooms are intended to save lives and provide care for life-threatening medical conditions. Using ER for non-urgent cases is simply wasteful: not only it wastes your own time and money, it also contributes to inefficiencies, overcrowding and adverse effects in an already taxed healthcare system.
West Bloomfield Pediatrics is open for walk-in urgent care visits at both Novi and West Bloomfield locations every Monday morning from 8:30 till 9:30 am, no appointment is needed. We also are open every Saturday morning for same-day sick visits.

Not All Urgent Care Clinics Are Good for Your Child

Smart parents use only specialized Pediatric urgent care clinic with an American Board of Pediatrics-certified Pediatrician on staff.

Children can not be cared for as “small adults”. The best specialist to take care of your child’s sickness is a Pediatrician: a doctor who, upon completion of a Medical School, spent three more years at a rigorous Pediatric Residency training program, learning about caring for infants, children and adolescents.
Unfortunately, very few urgent care clinics in our area have an American Board of Pediatrics-certified Pediatrician on staff. What can you do?

  • Have a plan. Research the local urgent care clinics well in advance and identify the one that you are comfortable with, the one that specializes in pediatric care and has certified Pediatricians on board.
  • Before heading to an ER or urgent care, call your primary pediatrician to get the best advice. Even if the office is closed at night or on the weekend, there is always a doctor on-call who can answer your urgent questions. In many cases the on-call doctor’s advice will be to bring your child for a sick visit next morning, instead of going to the ER or urgent care straight away.

WB Pediatrics is open for walk-in urgent care and sick visits every morning on weekdays and Saturdays, no appointment is needed.

“Send it to CVS” (a Flu Season Story)

A sick boy
I love my work. I see many interesting cases like “sore throat” that upon investigation came out to be a foreign body obstructing the child’s food pipe. I also meet many interesting people. Like a dad in the following true story.

Young parents brought their son to my clinic on Saturday. The boy presented with cough, body aches and temperature 103° F; his in-office test for influenza came out positive.

The flu is not something to sneeze at. I went with the parents over the recommended course of actions:

  • take an antiviral medicine that can decrease the duration of illness by 1-2 days and prevent potential complications of the flu (this medicine is only helpful if given within 48 hours of the onset of the flu),
  • drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration,
  • get plenty of sleep and take it easy,
  • take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve fever and aches,
  • stay home from school and childcare (to prevent the spread of the disease) until he is without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

Mom actively participated in the discussion of her son’s condition while dad was disengaged and silent for the whole duration of the visit. At the end of the visit I asked the parents to which pharmacy I should send the computerized prescription for that anti-flu medicine. Mom gave me the address of their CVS pharmacy. And then the dad woke up. “Wait honey,” he said to his wife, “let’s send the prescription to Rite Aid next door to that movie theater. We agreed to go to the movies after the doctor’s visit, haven’t we?”

Poor fellow. I still remember the look that his wife gave to him. “That’s OK, Dr. Strumba,” she told me. “Send it to CVS.”

2014 Mom Approved Doc

2014 Mom-Approved DocThank you for nominating me to the Metro Parent’s 2014 Mom Approved Best Doctors! I received the following endorsements:

“Great doctor! Spends enough time with patients. She is kind, understanding, honest and trustworthy. Although she is busy, she never makes me feel rushed and returns my calls in a timely fashion. I would recommend this pediatrician to my friends.” – Marim A., Farmington Hills

“She is the absolute best doctor I have ever been to in my entire life! Spends the time to explain everything for our little girl. Provides the best advice for taking care of our newborn and makes you feel so welcome. I would recommend her to anyone with a baby and/or a child.” – Vlad L., Auburn Hills

“Dr. Strumba is so patient, welcoming and gentle! Every visit is a positive experience.” – Bayla B., West Bloomfield

Thank you again, you made my day!

Choosing a Pediatrician for Your First Baby

I received the following question from an expectant new mother:

Hello! My husband and I are expecting our first baby. We don’t know what we’re having. I just started researching Pediatricians in our area and came across your name on a number of review sites.

Everything looks good as I just started my 3rd trimester. We are delivering in Royal Oak Beaumont but want to find our baby’s doctor closer to home — West Bloomfield. Not sure when I should make an appointment or how this works. Please advise 🙂

Thank you Kindly, K.

Hi K.,

While you still have time before delivery, you should meet with potential candidates for a pediatrician for your baby. We offer these visits for free, [Continue reading…]

2012 Mom Approved Doc, Officially

Thank you for voting me to the Metro Parent’s 2012 Mom Approved Docs! I received the following comment from one of the parents:

Dr. Strumba is very empathetic. Being a new mom, I have all kinds of worries and concerns, but she never makes me feel silly or brushes off questions I might have. Plus, she is a certified lactation consultant, which is a HUGE bonus, since I am a full-time nursing mom! My 11-month-old daughter has also not cried once while in her care. -– Sarah, Livonia

I have many other awards; the patient awards are the most precious of them all.

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Change in a Boy

The patient was a seven-year-old boy, who came to see me with his mom. She said that he complained of sore throat two days prior and was “spitting up” the “phlegm”. She denied any fever, cough or vomiting up food. She was concerned that her son was not able to eat or drink anything for past two days. The boy was seen on the previous day by a different doctor who examined him and took a throat swab, which showed no strep. During our conversation the boy was sitting on the exam table with a paper cup constantly spitting his saliva in it. He was not coughing and did not appear to be in pain. It looked like he was not [Continue reading…]

Stool Questions

Parents often ask questions about their babies stool. So let’s discuss what is normal and what’s not.

Color. The stool is usually yellow in a breast-fed baby, greenish in a formula-fed one. When to worry? If you see blood, especially a lot of it. What to do? See your pediatrician.

Expected Frequency. Can be up to ten times a day in a breast-fed newborn; passing of the stool by a newborn is a sign of a good food intake. Babies should have at least one stool a day. There may be occasional healthy infant (not a newborn) that may have one stool in five days; this child is not constipated [Continue reading…]

Raising Teenagers Roller Coaster

A joke goes: “Mothers of teenagers know why some animals eat their young.” But all the jokes apart, raising a teenager can be a stressful and psychologically draining experience. I know it first hand. I am in no way an expert on this matter, just want to share some thoughts.

In some way having a child between the age of 12 and 16 is alike to having a newborn. They keep you up at night, you are worried for their well-being at every moment and you feel exhausted. The difference between taking care of a baby and raising a teen is that with newborns, though they are fragile creatures, a lot is in your power to [Continue reading…]