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It is important for your child to see a pediatrician regularly to keep up to date on immunizations. Immunizations begin at birth with Hepatitis B. The following is a schedule of important immunizations:
DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
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Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby of 2017. At 4:59 pm on Monday, January 2, 2017, a baby girl was welcomed into the world by proud parents Jesse and Lora Stafford of Fredericktown, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff.
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For Connie Skelton, a midwife was the perfect choice for two very important moments in her life: the births of her two children.
Skelton gave birth to her first son, William, now 5, in New Mexico. It was her first experience with a midwife, and she appreciated... Read more
Babies at risk for developmental problems benefit from periodic visits with a neonatologist. In Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Developmental Clinic, neonatologists follow up with babies after they are discharged.
Dr. Laura E. Al-Sayed, MD, FAAP
“We see all babies who were... Read more
Jaundice is a yellowish color of the skin and eyes. It occurs when a newborn baby has too much bilirubin in his or her blood. Bilirubin accumulation results when the body breaks down old red blood cells. Almost all newborns have some degree of jaundice, but... Read more
While postpartum depression has received much attention in recent years, fewer people are aware of its cousin: postpartum anxiety. Postpartum anxiety occurs when a new mom experiences racing thoughts, worries continuously and has a constant dread that something terrible will happen.
“It is normal to experience stress... Read more
A new baby in the house is a big adjustment for everyone, including parents and older siblings. Saint Francis Medical Center offers a special class that helps prepare siblings for the new arrival.
“Older siblings are often eager to help with a new baby,” says Beverly L. Brown,... Read more
When you are pregnant, your “to-do” checklist can seem endless. But there is one item that should jump to the top of that list: choosing a pediatrician. Your child’s doctor can help ease your concerns both before and after you give birth, and will be a... Read more
When a baby is breech (lying upside down or on its side rather than head down), it is unsafe for the mother to deliver vaginally. She has two options: schedule a C-section or ask her doctor to try to turn the baby.
External cephalic version (ECV) is... Read more
Childbirth can be a long, painful process, and having a labor support person is crucial for a new mom. The support person can be a spouse, friend, relative or other important person, but he or she should be available for the duration of the labor.
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While the United States declared measles eliminated in 2000, recent cases have brought it into the public limelight again. Most of the recent cases are linked to an outbreak at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif.
“Measles is a highly contagious disease,” says Jean... Read more
If you want to wean your child from breast-feeding, the best approach is to go slowly. “When you abruptly stop nursing, that is not always best for baby or for mom,” says Joy L. LeDoux-Johnson, MD, pediatrician and internal medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center.... Read more
There are many causes of diaper rash, including prolonged exposure to a soiled diaper, chafing, an allergic reaction or a bacterial or yeast infection. Diaper rash can be quite painful for babies, so you should treat it right away.
"The most effective way to treat diaper rash... Read more
An estimated 50 percent of adults who suffer from headaches or migraines say they began experiencing them before age 20. Treating a child with migraines is similar to treating an adult with migraines, except that doctors use much smaller doses of the same medications.
Sarah A. Aydt,... Read more
When caring for your newborn's skin, steer clear of lotion the first few weeks after birth. "Many newborns' feet and hands become flaky and start peeling when they are a week or two old," says Beverly L. Brown, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center.... Read more
Skin-to-skin contact by parents with their newborn baby, or “kangaroo care,” has been shown to be very beneficial for infants. Typically, the mother or father places the baby – who is naked except for a diaper – in an upright position under his or her shirt.
Beverly... Read more
While separation anxiety is normal for children between 8 and 14 months, it becomes a problem when it occurs in children older than 6 years old for more than four weeks at a time. Separation anxiety disorder affects about 4 to 5 percent of children ages 7... Read more
If you have a child who frequently wets the bed, it can be difficult to decide when to take action. For children who are younger than 7, it is often best to wait – bed-wetting usually will subside on its own. Whether or not you seek... Read more
Jaundice is extremely common, affecting probably 30-50 percent of newborns. It is more common in premature infants, sick infants, and those who ingest breast milk. Breast milk jaundice is typically harmless, but sometimes needs to be followed closely with blood tests and may need to be... Read more
At Saint Francis Medical Center, staff members focus on relationship-based care in all they do. This means they are focused on creating a greater bond with their patients, their patients’ families and their co-workers. “Relationship-based care is a model of care that incorporates professionalism, teamwork and... Read more