Dr. Sandra Baucom practices pediatrics in Smithfield Virginia. Her practice, Infinity Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine focuses on helping every child reach their full potential. In addition to routine pediatric care including well exams and routine vaccinations, Dr. Baucom and her team provide care for children with developmental, behavioral, and mental health concerns. She has a passion for helping families and children navigate complicated systems to access all the services they need to be successful in school and in life. She is an assistant professor at Eastern Viginia Medical School and enjoys helping younger physicians learn to care for children. Dr. Baucom's team provides same day appointments for any sick patient or any patient needing urgent consultation for any problem.
Education and Training
Wake Forest University Bachelor Degree 0
Univ of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 1982
PediatricsAmerican Board of PediatricsABP
Dr. Sandra Baucom, MD's Expert Contributions
There is no oral medication that works or that is approved for colds in toddlers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using Vicks Vapo Rub on the chest of children over one and can also use vicks in the vaporizer. You can also use saline nose drops in the nose to keep it cleared. READ MORE
Good afternoon, You should take your child to their doctor if the nasal congestion lasts longer than 10 days or is accompanied by fever over 101.3, significant cough or if the nasal drainage has a bad odor. Over-the-counter oral medications for congestion do not help in young children and can have serious side effects. Using nasal saline drops to rinse out the nose may provide some relief. Vicks vaporub can be used on the chest of children over one year old and in vaporizers for younger kids. READ MORE
Over-the-counter oral cough and cold medicines do not help and may have unacceptable side effects. Keeping the child comfortable and well hydrated helps them fight any infection. If the nose is stuffy, then normal saline nose drops may help. If it is a dry, irritated cough and they are over one year old, a teaspoon of honey every few hours will help. Honey is a natural anti-oxidant, which will soothe inflammation in the throat. Vicks vaporub applied to the chest of toddlers over a year old will also help cough and congestion. Under one year, the Vicks can be used in a vaporizer. READ MORE
Babies are not born with allergies. If you have a history of allergies in your family your baby is more at risk for developing allergies. You will know that your baby has an allergy to a food if they start developing hives (a rash all over their body that looks like big mosquito bites.) Some foods like tomato sauce or ketchup are irritating to the skin and the area around the baby's mouth may turn red, but that is not a true allergy. If you are concerned about a particular food, then consult your pediatrician. Also more information on allergies in children may be found at Healthychildren.org, a website sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics. READ MORE
Without seeing the rash, I cannot be completely sure. The most common rash that presents with blisters on palms of hands and/or soles of feet and/or diaper area is Hand Foot Mouth Disease that is caused by coxsackie virus. Despite the name, it commonly occurs in the diaper area as well. It is contagious, but not dangerous. It may take weeks for the rash to completely fade, but it will eventually completely fade. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Family and Community Medicine EVMS 1991 - Present
- Ear Infection
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (adhd)
- Strep Throat
- American Academy of Pediatrics, Virginia Chapter
- Univ Hosp Of Arkansas, Pediatrics
- University of Arkansas
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Get to know Pediatrician, Dr. Sandra S. Baucom, who serves patients in Smithfield, Virginia
Dr. Baucom is a remarkable pediatrician who welcomes patients at her private practice, Infinity Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, in Smithfield, Virginia. She opened the doors to her practice in March 2021.
“At Infinity Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, we collaborate with our families and our community to help every individual we serve reach their full physical, mental and social health potential. Our providers are passionate about the care of healthy children and adolescents, as well as the care of special needs children and adolescents. We provide comprehensive care for medical needs and mental health concerns, from birth through age 21”, states the official website of Infinity Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
Dr. Baucom earned her medical degree in 1982 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She then joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and completed a residency in pediatrics (1982-1985). She obtained her undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University in 1978.
Following her training, Dr. Baucom attained board certification pediatrics with the American Board of Pediatrics. The American Board of Pediatrics was founded in 1933. It is one of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABP is an independent and nonprofit organization.
Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends individuals be under pediatric care up to the age of 21. Pediatricians provide medical care to people ranging in age from newborns to young adults. They are trained to examine, diagnose, and treat children with a wide variety of injuries and illnesses through all of their developmental stages, as they grow and mature.
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