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Dr. Donna A. Johnson

Pediatrician

Dr. Donna Johnson is a pediatrician practicing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Dr. Johnson is a doctor who specializes in the health care of children. As a pedicatrician, Dr. Johnson diagnoses and treats infections, injuries, diseases and other disorders in children. Pediatricians typically work with infants, children, teenagers and young adults up to age 21. They practice medical care as well as preventative health care. Dr. Johnson can oversee and manage the physical, mental and emotional health of their patients.
Dr. Donna A. Johnson
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Ohio State College of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Is my child's hyperactivity due to Claritin?

Occasionally, antihistamines can make a child hyper. Try a different brand such as zyrtec or allegra. If they cause the same side effect, try a steriod nasal spray such as flonase, READ MORE
Occasionally, antihistamines can make a child hyper. Try a different brand such as zyrtec or allegra. If they cause the same side effect, try a steriod nasal spray such as flonase, rhinocort or nasacort, which are now over the counter. They work right at the site of the problem and do not cause hyperactivity.

Meltdowns Behaviour

Often children act different at school and at home. He probably has realized that meltdowns at school are not acceptable. Now he has to realize the same for at home. Look at what READ MORE
Often children act different at school and at home. He probably has realized that meltdowns at school are not acceptable. Now he has to realize the same for at home. Look at what starts the meltdown: frustration, not getting his way, tiredness, etc. Try to address the cause of the problem and try to find a more acceptable way to handle it--tell him to talk to you instead of crying and running.

My son who is 5 years old is having a ringing sensation in his ears. Is it treatable?

Most ear ringing at his age is temporary. However, because it involves the inner ear, it can be associated with balance issues. If it persists, be sure to see your pediatrician. READ MORE
Most ear ringing at his age is temporary. However, because it involves the inner ear, it can be associated with balance issues. If it persists, be sure to see your pediatrician.

Can you get strep throat without tonsils?

Yes, you can get strep throat without tonsils. It is not possible to diagnose it without a strep test, so you always need to see your physician. It is less common to get strep READ MORE
Yes, you can get strep throat without tonsils. It is not possible to diagnose it without a strep test, so you always need to see your physician. It is less common to get strep once your tonsils are out, though.

Can calcium deficiency impact teeth?

Yes, calcium is important for strong teeth and bones. Try lactose free milk or soy or almond milk. Also, Minute maid makes a calcium fortified OJ and Ocean Spray makes a calcium READ MORE
Yes, calcium is important for strong teeth and bones. Try lactose free milk or soy or almond milk. Also, Minute maid makes a calcium fortified OJ and Ocean Spray makes a calcium fortified cranberry juice.

Are there any home remedies to treat diaper rash?

There are several different types of diaper rash, which is why there are so many creams. For home remedies, baby powder and corn starch are great preventives. Aloe vera can be READ MORE
There are several different types of diaper rash, which is why there are so many creams. For home remedies, baby powder and corn starch are great preventives. Aloe vera can be very soothing. For diaper rashes which look like the skin is scalded from diarrhea, mixing maalox and baking soda works very well. If you were to buy only one diaper cream, I would recommend butt paste. It works great.

How can i decrease my child’s anxiety about school?

Talk to him about the positives of school. Ask his teacher to engage him immediately when you drop him off, so he gets busy and has fun right away. Ask his teacher if the anxiety READ MORE
Talk to him about the positives of school. Ask his teacher to engage him immediately when you drop him off, so he gets busy and has fun right away. Ask his teacher if the anxiety lasts all day or goes away shortly after you leave. It may just be separating from you that is hard. If not, ask the director to observe the class and see if she can help identify what is stressing him.

How important are multivitamin supplements?

I am a strong believer that if your child eats well, especially fruits, vegetables, and milk, he should not need a vitamin. If your children are good eaters, do not worry about READ MORE
I am a strong believer that if your child eats well, especially fruits, vegetables, and milk, he should not need a vitamin. If your children are good eaters, do not worry about giving them a vitamin.

My son who is 3 weeks old was born with small eyes. Is that a problem?

If they are truly small eyes, I would take him to a pediatric ophthalmologist for at least one visit to make sure that everything else with his eyes is ok. This will give you READ MORE
If they are truly small eyes, I would take him to a pediatric ophthalmologist for at least one visit to make sure that everything else with his eyes is ok. This will give you and your doctor reassurance for the future.

How often is it required to bottle feed my baby?

If your baby is growing along the curve well, you do not need to supplement even if your baby seems to always want to nurse. Some babies use the breast as a pacifier- don't let READ MORE
If your baby is growing along the curve well, you do not need to supplement even if your baby seems to always want to nurse. Some babies use the breast as a pacifier- don't let this happen (I did with my first and was very sorry). Find other ways to soothe the baby and make him happy. If his weight gain is not sufficient, then follow each breast feeding with 1-2 oz of formula. Watch his weight gain. If it is not enough, increase the amount of formula. You might also want to visit with a lactation nurse to see if you are producing enough milk and how you can increase your supply.

What can i do if my child gets sick on a weekend?

Unfortunately, babies get sick at all times. Ask your pediatrician about what to do for after hour illnesses. Your pediatrician will likely have an answering service staffed READ MORE
Unfortunately, babies get sick at all times. Ask your pediatrician about what to do for after hour illnesses. Your pediatrician will likely have an answering service staffed by nurses to help you or he will take your call himself. If your child needs to be seen, some doctors do meet their patients at the office even on weekends. Some cities have urgent care clinics for evening and weekend illnesses that do not requires the ER. Some cities even have pediatric urgent care clinics, so try googling to see if your city offers any and what their hours are.

Are over-the-counter cough medications safe?

I like delsym 12 hour cough. Here is the dosing:
20# 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) twice a day
40# 1 tsp
60# 1 1/2 tsp
80# 2 tsp

Is it necessary for me to keep my son at home if he has pinkeye?

Once on medication for 48 hours, children with pink eye can return to school. If your doctor prescribes the eye drop Vigamox or Moxeza, he can return to school after 24 hours

Can autism be developed?

We believe that autism is multifactorial, involving both environment and heredity. We strive to diagnose children with autism by age 2. If your child is older than 2 and is healthy READ MORE
We believe that autism is multifactorial, involving both environment and heredity. We strive to diagnose children with autism by age 2. If your child is older than 2 and is healthy and developmentally normal, you probably have nothing to worry about. Serious illnesses or trauma that involve the central nervous system may result in a clinical picture similar to autism after healing. This is not clear and certainly not common.

Is asthma hereditary?

Yes, asthma can be hereditary, but there is no way to predict if your child or you will get it. You can develop asthma at any age. To minimize your risk, avoid smoking and passive READ MORE
Yes, asthma can be hereditary, but there is no way to predict if your child or you will get it. You can develop asthma at any age. To minimize your risk, avoid smoking and passive smoking. The good news is that there are a lot of better treatments for asthma now than we had for your grandfather.

Can I do anything to stop my child from wetting the bed?

New onset bedwetting is different from just never being dry at night, which is developmental. It may be a sign of a urinary tract infection or diabetes, so it is important that READ MORE
New onset bedwetting is different from just never being dry at night, which is developmental. It may be a sign of a urinary tract infection or diabetes, so it is important that he see his doctor. It may also be a sign of stress, so be sure to ask about adjustment to the new school year, bullying, and review any stressors in the home enviroment

Patient privacy when it's a child being seen

Some of this will depend on the age of your child. In general, the therapist will mostly see the child alone. Before starting therapy, establish with the therapist how he will READ MORE
Some of this will depend on the age of your child. In general, the therapist will mostly see the child alone. Before starting therapy, establish with the therapist how he will communicate with you.

- Will he update you briefly after each session?
- Will he meet with you and your child occasionally?
- Will the entire family need to attend some sessions?
- Are you able to call or email him between appointments for updates?

If you are already in therapy, and don't know the answers to these questions, ask to talk with the therapist for 5 minutes at the beginning of the next appointment.

My baby blinks excessively. What's wrong?

He may have dry eyes or vision problems. Your best choice would be to take him to a pediatric ophthalmologist for a complete eye exam. Your pediatrician should be able to refer READ MORE
He may have dry eyes or vision problems. Your best choice would be to take him to a pediatric ophthalmologist for a complete eye exam. Your pediatrician should be able to refer you to one.

Looking for help with my teenage daughter

I'm all for being proactive, but I don't think that is necessary. I think that setting aside 10-15 minutes of time every day to talk to your daughter about her life (school, friends, READ MORE
I'm all for being proactive, but I don't think that is necessary. I think that setting aside 10-15 minutes of time every day to talk to your daughter about her life (school, friends, clubs, concerns) is a better proactive approach. Letting her know that you are always there for her and that she CAN talk to you will pay off. Also, attend her activities, meet her friends, invite them to your house so that you get to know them, will all set up a trusting relationship between you. If you have other children, make sure you eat together AT THE KITCHEN TABLE (not in front of the TV) and talk about everyone's day, including yours, so that your children know about your life and stressors, just as you do about theirs.

My son watches the same movie over and over

Actually, I do hear this from parents a lot, especially with a new movie. Don't be afraid to set limits on media time--the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 2 hours a day READ MORE
Actually, I do hear this from parents a lot, especially with a new movie. Don't be afraid to set limits on media time--the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 2 hours a day maximum for ALL media: TV, videos, iPads, gaming systems. Turn the television off and suggest other things to do: family games, puzzles, outside play, arts and crafts.