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  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    Why should people of all ages have their immunizations updated?

    People of all ages should have their immunizations updated.  Especially with some of the vaccine preventable illness outbreaks that are occurring across the entire United States, it is important for adults as well as children to maintain current immunizations.  For example, there are numerous areas with pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks and many associated...Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    What is pneumonia?

    Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs.  This can be caused either by viruses, bacteria, or by an organism called mycoplasma. When parents hear that their child has pneumonia, they often ask if the child will have to be admitted to the hospital.  Most childhood pneumonia can be treated as an outpatient...Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    What are the symptoms of asthma?

    The hallmark of asthma is usually an uncontrollable cough. Along with the cough, the patient may feel shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing. The wheezing may be mild and felt only by the patient or heard by the physician. But, the wheezing can be severe enough to be audible by anyone near...Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    Can I still breastfeed if I have had breast surgery?

    Breast surgery may affect your ability to breast feed.  Depending on the type of surgery and the technique that was used, breast feeding may be difficult or in some cases virtually impossible.  Breast reduction surgery almost always involves cutting the milk ducts which results in poor to no breast milk production.  Breast augmentation surgeries can be done...Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    What should I eat while breastfeeding?

    A breastfeeding mom needs to maintain basically the same diet as she had during pregnancy.  It requires 500 calories per day extra to produce healthy breast milk.  Sometimes mother's will find that after they have eaten certain foods, their baby will become fussy.  A good rule of thumb is if a food makes you have in...Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    What is strep throat?

    Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat caused by the bacteria  Group A Streptococcus.  Most people with strep throat are very ill with any of the following symptoms:  high fever, headache, muscle aches, stomach ache or vomiting.  The lymph nodes, often referred to as "glands", in the neck often swell...Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    Will my baby get enough vitamin D if I breastfeed?

    Breastfeeding is the ideal nutrition for babies but like all of the fat soluble vitamins, Vitamin D dose not get into breast milk in sufficient quantities.  Therefore, it is recommended to supplement breast feeding infants with Vitamin D in the form of a multivitamin. Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    Who should get a flu vaccine?

    Anyone in the high risk group should be vaccinated.  The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control recommend that all children aged 6 months to 18 years of age be vaccinated as well as pregnant women and any care taker of children under the age of two.  Health care workers, people over 50 years...Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    Can I breastfeed if I become ill?

    Maternal illness in no way should make a nursing mother stop breast feeding.  Your baby has already been exposed to your illness by being close to you during the early stages of your illness.  The added maternal antibodies of breast milk can actually help the baby fight the infection.  If you have a lot of

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  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    Is pneumonia serious?

    Pneumonia is a serious infection for everyone.  However, the elderly and immunocompromised such as those with AIDS or on chemotherapy have a much harder time recovering from pneumonia than healthy individuals.  Children often recover more quickly from pneumonia than the groups already mentioned.  However, some...Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    How do I choose a pediatrician?

    A pediatrician is going to be a big part of your life beginning with the birth of your new baby through the teen years.  It is important that you find a knowledgeable and well trained pediatrician.  However, just because a doctor has great credentials, it does not mean that they have a great bedside manner.  Also,...Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    Can I breastfeed if I smoke?

    Smoking is not recommended in either pregnant or nursing mothers but does not prohibit nursing.  Infants born to mother's that smoke during pregnancy are much smaller in size.  Babies of smoking mothers have a marked increase in SIDS and in respiratory and ear infections.  In fact, babies with smoking...Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    How often should I feed my baby?

    Newborn babies require a minimum of eight to ten feedings in 24 hours.  This means that babies should eat every 1-3 hours.  Until infants are getting adequate calories in the first few days after birth, it will probably be necessary to wake your baby for some feedings.  Keep a log of feeding times...Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    Can vaccines cause autism?

    In spite of the continued press linking vaccinations, especially MMR, with autism spectrum disorders, there is no scientific data proving the link. The original study out of Britain that showed a possible relationship between MMR and autism was repeated by the original researcher. In that case he...Read More
  • Dr. Margaret L. Payne, MD - Fort Worth, TX - Pediatrics

    Can children outgrow asthma and/or allergies?

    Asthma is a disease state in which the airways of the lung become inflamed and constricted. Basically the airways are hyper-responsive to certain triggers. There are many different triggers for asthma exacerbations. In young children, one of the big triggers is viral respiratory infections. Especially...Read More