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Mary L. Anderson

Pediatrician

Dr. Mary Anderson is a retired pediatrician in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Anderson is a doctor who specializes in the health care of children. As a pedicatrician, Dr. Anderson has diagnosed and treated 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. Anderson can oversee and manage the physical, mental and emotional health of her patients.
44 years Experience
Mary L. Anderson
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
  • Accepting new patients

Can diapers cause UTI in children?

The use of the diaper did not not cause the UTI. You might be concerned that the school is not changing the diaper as frequently as you, but a 3 year old typically would stay READ MORE
The use of the diaper did not not cause the UTI. You might be concerned that the school is not changing the diaper as frequently as you, but a 3 year old typically would stay dry longer than a 2 hour interval.
Has she a problem with frequent constipation? Stool retained in the rectal vault for prolonged periods of several days will block complete bladder emptying, and the resultant stagnant pool of urine can overgrown fecal bacteria if contamination has occurred.
A single UTI is not problematic, but recurrent UTI in young patients does warrant a work up to rule out an atomic anomalies that could be causative.

Can you please recommend the right formula for a 3 year old?

As a general rule a child of 3 years should be off formula by twelve months of age. The nutritional demands at that point can no longer be met by liquid formulas alone. The need READ MORE
As a general rule a child of 3 years should be off formula by twelve months of age. The nutritional demands at that point can no longer be met by liquid formulas alone. The need for omega 3’s in quality fats (avocado etc) are then essential for the rapidly growing brain, quality protein in eggs, fish, and meats, & beans are necessary for muscle and body growth, and good carbohydrates (No High fructose corn syrup) for energy can be found in fruits, vegetables, and grains.
A nutritional smoothie would be a terrific calorie boost which your child would more than likely consider to be a treat. Were you to “Google” Dr Bill Sear’s Family nutrition information, he has a number of wonderful smoothie recipes that could be added once or twice a day to boost nutritional intake. This could be used from now through all school years as a good habit for better eating.
Remember to introduce new foods up to as many as 14 times if initial resistance is met. What is not liked at first becomes accepted - 98% of the time - after diligence and sometimes different ways of preparation are utilized.
Most toddlers like to “graze” on nutritious snacks that are left out on coffee tables, and seen in passing.
Hope this has been informative and helpful to you.

My baby sounds like he is wheezing. Should I be worried?

A sound that is perceived to be a wheeze - especially a consistent one whether awake or sleeping should be heard via stethoscope by the pediatrician. There is a benign tracheal READ MORE
A sound that is perceived to be a wheeze - especially a consistent one whether awake or sleeping should be heard via stethoscope by the pediatrician. There is a benign tracheal abnormality that causes a stridor that is outgrown which is identifiable on exam. Infections certainly can cause wheeze and of course that possibility mandates a visit to your pediatrician.
Hope this helps.

My second child is 14 months old and hasn't taken her first steps. Is something wrong?

Dear mom, Fear not. Your 10 month old was indeed a speed demon, but the 14 month old by statistics and developmental standards is not late... if infact he has been able since READ MORE
Dear mom,

Fear not. Your 10 month old was indeed a speed demon, but the 14 month old by statistics and developmental standards is not late... if infact he has been able since @ 12 months to stand at the edge of the couch and by now support his weight standing solo for a little bit. The developmental specialists chart that by the end of the 15th month, 97% of infants are taking some solo steps.

The more important thing is to be reassured that other milestones have been met for age, and good progress in other areas are on track. Your 15 month and 18 month regular check-ups would be a good time to review the developmental chart with your pediatrician.

My 1 month old baby sleeps for long hours and even doesn’t wake up for feeds unless woken up. Is it normal?

Hi new mom, The most accurate answer comes with a few return questions of necessity to be most accurately responsive: 1) What has been your child's weight gain since birth at 3 READ MORE
Hi new mom,
The most accurate answer comes with a few return questions of necessity to be most accurately responsive:
1) What has been your child's weight gain since birth at 3 kgs? A normal/average gain for this interval would be reassuring to you, and would put the issue of too much sleep to rest.
2) How many voids/day is your infant having? The average # would reflect adequate liquid intake.
3) Describe the character and # of stools per day. Again the range of normal would be reassuring as this reflects adequate breast milk or formula intake.
4) Do you breast or bottle feed? A well fed infant with either source tends to sleep comfortably for long intervals. Long restful sleep is the time of maximal growth, and reflects easy comfortable digestion of intake as well.
An infant that feeds well and lustily over a short interval, is sated, tends to fall asleep readily, and gives mom the gift vacuuming and dish washing time.

I look forward to responding again after reading your responses to the inquiry of 4 questions.

Dr Mary