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.
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Wake Forest University Bachelor Degree 0
Univ of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 1982
American Board of Pediatrics
PediatricsAmerican Board of PediatricsABP
Dr. Sandra Baucom, MD's Expert Contributions
When we are measuring heights in multiple individuals a day we use the method you described of the back against the wall because that is what was standardized across ages and populations so we can develop accurate charts of growth across time. When you are only comparing your height from one day to another it doesn't matter how you measure as long as you do it the same way every time. READ MORE
I am very worried about your daughter. Vomiting with weight loss should be evaluated by a pediatrician urgently. You can keep her hydrated with Pedialyte but you need to call her doctor for an appointment right now. READ MORE
It is safe for an 8 year old to take medication for nasal congestion but what works is sudafed which you have to request from the pharmacist who keeps it behind the counter. For an 8 year old you would need 15mg of sudafed every four hours for congestion. You could also try vicks vaporub on his chest. READ MORE
Good Morning. The length of the fever depends on what is causing the fever. If the fever and cough are caused by an upper respiratory virus the fever should go away in 48 to 72 hours but the cough could last 10 to 14 days. If the fever and the cough are caused by an ear infection it will last until either the body fights off the ear infection or you get antibiotics from the doctor. The total length of fever can be 3 to 5 days. If fever and cough are caused by pneumonia the fever will not go away until pneumonia improves either on its own or with antibiotics so 3 to 5 days typically. Any fever lasting more than 5 days should be seen by a doctor because a prolonged fever can be a sign of a serious illness. If the child is lethargic or very irritable with decreased appetite and sleep or sleeping excessively they should be checked by the doctor whether they have a fever or not. READ MORE
It depends on the age of the infant. Infants under one year of age may not be able to adequately process raw honey and it is not recommended under one. Over a year of age, a tsp (5ml) of honey every 3 hours may decrease cough and heal inflammation in the throat. Sandra Baucom, MD, FAAP READ MORE
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection vary by age. In infants, the common signs are fever and irritability. In older children, the common signs are pain with urination, frequent urination, and urgency, meaning that when they have the urge to go, they cannot wait and sometimes have accidents. If the infection is confined to the bladder, they won't typically have fever. If the infection has spread to the kidneys, they may have fever, vomiting, or back pain. Urinary tract infections are much more common in girls. If male infants are uncircumcised, they have a slightly higher risk that circumcised males. READ MORE
He could have been having gas pains so that when he ate that made it worse and he vomited. If he is fine and vomiting does not recur then nothing to worry about. If he continues to vomit or have pain you should contact your physician. READ MORE
You need to be checked by a doctor. You might have an infection in your bladder or you might have a sexually transmitted disease like chlamydia or gonorrhea. READ MORE
When young children have a severe cough that can trigger gastroesophageal reflux which can cause irritation in the esophagus so that they continue to have reflux and vomit even when the respiratory tract has healed. If it lasts longer than a few days you should have him seen by his pediatrician. READ MORE
If you had any recent new physical activity that may have caused muscle soreness that can lead to cramps like this. Rest for a day or 2 and if it doesn't improve go to see a doctor. READ MORE
Autistic children sometimes eat non food items so if he is swallowing shoe laces or pieces of cloth that can cause strings to come out. To keep his hands away from his feces you could put a diaper on with a pain of underwear over it. You might try to find out if your doctor will do a video visit with you so he doesn't have to go into the office. READ MORE
If the pain resolves with rest then you can return to school. If you continue to have pain you should ask your parent or guardian to make an appointment with a doctor. READ MORE
Unfortunately, autism doesn't go away. Your daughter will benefit from therapy such as applied behavioral analysis or ABA therapy to help her learn some social skills. Many people with Autism are quite successful. You should look up Temple Grandin, who is a motivational speaker with autism. READ MORE
The best way to prevent obesity is to buy and prepare healthy, fresh, non-processed food for your entire family. Limit fast food to an occasional treat. Make sure she drinks plenty of water and don't buy sodas or sweetened beverages. Limit screen time (TV, video games, YouTube) to less than 2 hours per day. Get her involved in physical activity. The entire family should be doing all these things to stay healthy. READ MORE
Sleep talking is very normal and nothing to worry about. READ MORE
The same viruses that cause tonsillitis cause fluid in the middle ear cavity that affects hearing. READ MORE
Pediatric dose is 5 drops twice a day for 10 days READ MORE
Some children outgrow speech fluency problems and some need speech therapy. If your child is 5 years or older she may need speech therapy. READ MORE
You would need to consult your physician to find out which immunizations you have had and which ones you still need. READ MORE
The best way to treat sleep problems in children of any age is good sleep hygiene. That means having a regular bedtime every night. Turning off any electronics 30 minutes before bedtime. Helping child transition to sleep by a routine of putting on pj's brushing teeth, listening to a story and lying down in their own bed in their own room with lights out and no tv or radio or phone. If you have tried this and your child is still having problems with sleep you should consult your pediatrician. READ MORE
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Faculty Titles & Positions
- Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Family and Community Medicine EVMS 1991 - Present
- Medical Director Holiday House of Portsmouth 2000 - Present
- Ear Infection
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (adhd)
- Strep Throat
- American Academy of Pediatrics, Virginia Chapter
Professional Society Memberships
- American Academy of Pediatrics, Virginia Chapter
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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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