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Posts for: July, 2015

By Dr. Sheridan Hernandez
July 23, 2015

Hi Parents.

Today I'm going to talk about babies and their pooping. Pooping, it seems to me, is the biggest concern of parents of newborns and infants. So here's some info to hopefully guide and reassure you.

Some babies poop several times a day, little liquid toots with poop usually. Some babies only poop every few days and, usually for exclusively breast fed babies, sometimes only about once a week. When these less frequent poopers do finally unload, it is usually a huge explosion of stool and requires quite the clean up 😁. This is normal. If your baby is happy and feeding well, passing gas (gas is fine, all babies are quite gassy), not vomiting, his/her tummy is not hard and bloated, then do not be alarmed by 6 poops a day or one poop in 6 days. On the other hand, if your baby is crying inconsolably, not feeding, bloated and not passing gas and/or vomiting, then it may be a serious medical emergency. In this case the baby should be evaluated ASAP.

Baby poop can be liquidy or pasty. It can be yellow, orange, green (dark to light) and various shades of brown. After the first few days of life it should not be black. Neither should baby poop be white (especially if your baby is jaundiced) or have any thing that looks like blood. So if it's black, bloody or white and baby looks yellow, call and make an appointment to have your baby seen. There is an app called poopMD that shows pictures of different types of normal baby poop.

Okay, hope this helps.

Dr. Sherry Hernandez

By Christopher Pope, ARNP
July 02, 2015
Welcome to our first blog post! 
Doc McStuffins is always singing, "It's time for your check-up!", but why?
Many parents ask, “My child is healthy and up-to-date on vaccines, why do they need a physical?”  There are many reasons routine well visits or physicals are important throughout childhood.  During infancy, growth and developmental changes happen rapidly.  In addition to disease prevention through vaccinations, infant well visits are an excellent opportunity to catch developmental concerns or growth issues before they become a serious problem.
As children age they still benefit from yearly physicals.  These office visits are a great opportunity for children to be educated on the importance of good nutrition, exercise, sleep as well as safety concerns specific for each age group.
Besides the obvious benefits to health screenings, the yearly physical also helps promote a trusting relationship between health care providers, patients and their family.  A trusting relationship can be invaluable as children become adolescents and young adults.  When an adolescent trusts their health care provider they will be more likely to bring up potentially serious health concerns that they may otherwise be too embarrassed to discuss with someone they do not know well.  Because of the bond that we have formed with our patients we have had many divulge problems with severe depression/anxiety, drug or alcohol abuse, and relationship difficulties among other things that they did not feel comfortable discussing with their parents directly.
Through routine healthy check-ups I have had patients with heart conditions, neurological problems, anemias, lipid disorders, hypertension, tumors, physical and cognitive delays, growth abnormalities, endocrine problems and countless other conditions that would have likely gone undiagnosed and caused significant health consequences had they neglected routine physical exams.
Thankfully most go through childhood without significant health problems, but it's certainly worth an hour or so out of the year to have that piece of mind to know your child is healthy and to hear some tips to help them stay that way.  Prevention and early detection is so much easier than trying to fix problems after they have occurred. 
Finally, annual physicals are covered 100% by almost all insurance companies, so there's usually no out of pocket expense. So if your child is behind on their routine physcal there is no excuse not to listen to Doc McStuffins and get that check-up!
Have a great summer and hope to see you and your child soon for a healthy check-up!
Chris Pope, ARNP

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