About Us


Naline Lai Julie Kardos

Drs. Lai and Kardos celebrate Two Peds in a Pod’s sixth birthday


We are two board certified primary care pediatricians and parents like you.

Naline Lai, MD FAAP earned her undergraduate degree at Brown University. She graduated from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1994 where she received the John R. Reinhart MD award for excellence in pediatrics and child psychiatry and the Sheehan/Laird Memorial Prize awarded in recognition of compassion and respect in patient interactions.

Julie Kardos, MD FAAP  earned her undergraduate degree at Duke University. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1994 where she received the Pediatric Award for her “excellence and compassion in caring for children and their families.” She was named one of Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Doctors for 2018.

Drs. Kardos and Lai met each other during their pediatric residency training at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Both are married and each has three children. In practice for over 20 years, they are board certified pediatricians at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network-Newtown in Bucks County, PA. The doctors are also on staff at St Mary Medical Center in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In addition Dr. Lai is a community affiliate at Doylestown Hospital. Pediatric advocates, Dr. Kardos is a co-leader for the Newtown practice and Dr. Lai serves on the board of directors for CB Cares Educational Foundation, the founding board of the Bucks County Children’s Museum, and the advisory board of Child Home and Community. You can find the pediatric visual diagnosis book for which she served as an associate editor here

As both practicing primary care pediatricians and as moms, we understand that a lot goes on between yearly check-ups with your child’s doctor. Parents often have questions about their children outside of office visits and turn to the internet for answers. This blog was born out of a desire to provide answers that are accurate, easy to understand, concise, and reassuring.

Credits include speaking on National Public Radio’s Here and Now with Robin Young (we’re about 2/3’s of the way through the show)

on local cable television, and at venues ranging from living rooms to libraries to children’s museums to convention centers, addressing concerns of parents and teachers as well as fellow physicians. Two Peds in a Pod® is listed as one of the “5 Pediatric Healthcare Blogs You Should Read” by Aha Media Group and their blog posts have appeared on numerous sites including kevinmd.com and mom365.com. Recently we joined the advisory board of Happy Healthy Kids.

Please comment and send ideas for future topics to twopedsinapod@gmail.com.

We launched the blog in July, 2009, and it’s been a joy to have your family along on this internet journey around the world. Help our outreach to continue by letting other parents know about our site.

Thanks for finding us.

Drs. Lai and Kardos

“Practical Pediatrics for Parents on the Go”

Two Peds in a Pod is a Parents best of the web! May 2016

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  1. Drear DRs, Thank you so much for posting the MRSA and Children interview. My 12 y/o son last week suffered awful, constant, clear mucus nose blowing (likely from seasonal allergy). By day 5 his nose was raw, swollen and crusty in nostrils and extended below nostril on one side. And a bizarre blister like formation on his thumb. Certain it was some impetigo infection to the Pediatrician we went. He cultured the inside of nostril, provided RX for oral Cefadroxil and topical Mupirocin which we took for 3 and a half days. Today his office called and said they were submitting a new RX for Sulfamethoxazole. When I asked why they shared his culture was reported as MRSA – and that was really all the info I was given. Being a Sat afternoon, I knew Dr’s hours were over. So I did what most folks do and turned to the internet. After reading multiples articles and scary statistics (incl. fatalities), I started to panic thinking I had to notify the school board and every child he had been in contact with for the last week -(finger had been bandaged) but what if he sneezed on someone? Yup, I was panicking! Fortunately, I remembered your website and was delighted to find info on the subject. I am much more calm now! I never really had understood the MRSA bacteria before and the article was most valuable in helping me understand the bacteria. I’ve discussed the importance of handwashing and no nose picking (he is a boy)…to ensure he heals and reduces any threat to his friends, teammates and classmates. And our fingers are crossed that he will respond to this new antibiotic. Thanks for posting the great information! And.. Julie I hope you and your boys are doing well.

  2. Dr. Kardos & Dr. Lai,
    As the Parenting & Development Specialist for our Pediatric Practice, Weiss Pediatric Care, I have long been an appreciative follower of your blog. It is truly spectacular, having the perfect combination of personal experiences and expert advice and guidance.

    Because we are always trying to enhance our patient education around asthma, I was especially pleased to read your blog Asthma Meds Made Simple. It would be wonderful if we could provide access to this blog to all of our patients. Would you consider allowing us to repost your blog on our blog, of course giving full credit to you? I don’t know whether that’s ever done, so we completely understand if you’d prefer we not do that. But if you would be agreeable, we would be honored to be able to repost this blog. Our website is http://www.weisscare.com, and you can find our blog at http://www.weisspediatriccare.com/blog/

    Thank you for considering our request.

    I remain your loyal follower!

    Best regards,

    Diane Weiss, MS
    Weiss Pediatric Care
    Parenting & Development Specialist

  3. Hi Docs,

    Just wanted to reach out as our family owns and operates a raw honey bee farm (apiary) in Michigan. I am constantly asked about how honey can benefit kids who are coming down with cold or flu. We raise a number of single pollen honey types, darker types being more efficient at coating the throat tissue below sinus drainage. Always looking for new blogs to contribute to and thought we should reach out to more people in the medical field. Please let us know if we can help.


    Jay Jermo
    Hey Honey LLC

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