Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy

Pediatrics
San Antonio, TX
41 years experience female

Locations

Office

San Antonio, TX

Address

2829 Babcock Road, Suite 438, San Antonio, TX
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About

Bio

A mother of 3, Dr. Ruíz-Healy completed her Pediatric Residency in 1986 At the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics. She also trained in Child Psychiatry at Austin State Hospital. She has been in Private Practice for almost 20 years. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics as well as Certified by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, She believes in an Integrative approach to care and continues to pursue knowledge in diverse areas of Medicine.

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Holistic Medicine

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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Yes!: There are herbal specialists that are well versed in this science. Many universities are now conducting studies in order to provide evidence based me... Read More
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May be related: As the skin breaks down with any irritation or rash, it may become secondarily infected with bacteria such as staph. Since MRSA is now frequently fo... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
Mostly safe to give: Years ago it was thought that delaying the introduction of certain foods would decrease the possibility of a child developing allergies. That is no lo... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
Multi system: There are many types of jra all with different signs and symptoms. Symptoms range from joint swelling and pain on 4 or less joints, to multiple joint ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Hydrate!: Make sure you drink plenty of water, remember any fruit that starts with a "p" help you have a bm, peaches, plums, pineapple etc. Try to get some exer... Read More
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
Practice grasping: By the time the baby is 4 months old he has developed depth perception and he now loves to practice reaching and grasping objects, give him toys that... Read More
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
No: A manipulated, false study has created a regrettable phobia toward the vaccine. We need to look at many toxins in our environment that we freely cons... Read More
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Waste of money: Most common colds are viral infections that go away on their own, the immune system takes care of them, and antibiotics are not needed nor do they wor... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Baking Soda: Brush your teeth at least 3 times per day, floss everyday to remove stains in between teeth. Make a "paste" using baking soda and water and use it to ... Read More
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
It evolves: Abies are highy intuitive and emotional beings. Emotions a "wired" in us and evolve as the baby gains experiences. When a baby is born it understands ... Read More
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
Yes: Oh my goodness yes! we have just experienced one of the single most imprtant and exhilarating events of our lives. We have given birth to a tiny, beau... Read More
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
No: Hand sanitizer is mostly alcohol and remember babies tend to put their hand in their mouth, and they can also absorb the alcohol from thier skin. Alco... Read More
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
Re-latch: A very common reason for biting while nursing is the baby is not latched on correctly and much more obvious when baby get teeth. If a baby is properly... Read More
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May be normal: After the umbilical stump falls off, it is like a scab falling off a scrape. A little bleeding might occur. It is usually resoved within 2 to 3 days a... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
As prescribed by Dr.: A cardinal symptom of asthma in kids is coughing. Some children with asthma do not "wheeze" and they mainly cough with activities, or if they laugh t... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Yes: Yeast thrives on moisture and heat, both conditions found on a baby sitting in a wet diaper to long. Also skin that is already irritated is more pron... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Why?: Try to pin point why your child has trouble falling asleep. Does he take naps in the afternoon? Maybe limit them. As a rule, limit vigorous physical... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Points to consider: First figure out if your feet hurt even if you are not on them. Do you need to be evaluated by a podiatrist? Do you see any pressure marks on your fe... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Can be controlled !: There are over 20 million americans tha have asthma and is is now common in children. As asthma is a chronic disease it is not curable in a sense but ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Yes!: Itchy ears are sometimes a sign of swimmers ear. You can use solution made with equal parts white vinegar and water. Place 2 to 4 drops in each ear ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Fetal Alcohol Synd.: I you are pregnant and you drink alcohol, so does the baby. The issue is the effect of alcohol on a developing, growing baby and the lifelong conseque... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Different Anatomy: A double outlet right ventricle means that both aorta (the blood vessel that carries oxygen rich blood to the body) and the pulmonary artery ( the blo... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
No: It depends on how you fall. Enjoy biking and may be purchase some protective gear.
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Yes: Always wash your hands before picking up a baby and after diaper changes. You can use antibacterial soap or alcohol based gel. If you are using a gel,... Read More
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
No: Car seats are like beds. We do not tend to buy used mattress. Aso be mindful of numerous recalls and most importantly the new american academy of pe... Read More
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
May be it is not: Many infants have predisposing factors such as family history as well as a history of atopy or cows milk allergy. Some babies wheeze because they have... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Read formula labels: You have to be very careful when choosing a formula as many "regular" formulas contain soy. Always discuss it with your doctor. Also if your baby is e... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Control environment!: Look at everything that involves the nursery. Paint the walls with "green" paints that do not emit voc’s (volatile organic compounds), pass on the car... Read More
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
Be patient: With newborns, both mom and baby are embarking on a learning experience. Moms are learning how to nurse , and the baby is trying to figure things out ... Read More
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
When Baby can sit: One simple way of approaching weaning from a bottle is when ever the baby can sit alone. Then it is an ideal time to wean to a cup. If you are weaning... Read More
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Baby´s point of view: Look at everything from where they are looking at the world, limit access to the kitchen. Secure free standing stoves and ovens as they may tip over. ... Read More
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
No: Even though we tend to think of herbs and plants as natural, it does not mean they are always safe, specially for infants or brestfeeding moms. What e... Read More
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
Travel crib: If you travel frequently you might consider purchasing a travel crib. Some of them are very compact to make transport easy, there are even some that a... Read More
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
No: A woman that has given birth has gone through a tremendous strain and her body needs to rest and recover. It is not wise or healthy to go on any extre... Read More
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
Risky for your Baby: Babies that are exposed to second hand smoke double their risk for sudden infant death syndrome. They tend to be colicky, more prone to painful ear i... Read More
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
When he is hungry: Feeding babies "on demand" make for happier babies. During the first year of life babies grow tremendously and have a higher need for energy. Infants ... Read More
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
1: Breast feeding is based on a simple premise, demand and production. If you skip feeds your milk production will decrease.Also remember that a growing ... Read More
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Yes: If a pregnancy goes over 13 weeks, the body has started milk production, it is not unusual to feel engorged and have breast milk leak. This can be pai... Read More
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Picky Eaters: Babies taste buds are different than ours. They tend to be more sensitive to taste and texture. As you start introducing solids to your baby, it will ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Not the best choice: There are various formulations for this product, all with multiple ingredients you do not need if you are using as an occasional sleep aid. First ma... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Could be normal: Babies this age can get a rash that is called neonatal acne. And well, it looks like small acne lesions. It is caused by hormonal changes and usually ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Lifestyle: Meds only do part of the job. Talk to your dad and see what you can do to help him have an optimal lifestyle for his diabetes. Make sure he is follow... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Comfortable: Your baby is warm enough and if he is sleeping well leave him alone.
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Depends: You have to consider the height of the parents and your child's rate of growth. If this has been normal over the years and he has not crossed percenti... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Would not: Melatonin is produced in the brain to help maintain the body's internal clock. So when it is dark you produce more and when it is light you do not mak... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Nutramigen stools: Nutramigen, being a very "pre digested" formula if you will, causes stools to be loose. The real issue is why the baby is on nutramigen. Consider p... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Use as prescribed: If you were seen by your doc, and it was prescribed to you, certainly, use as it was instructed to you.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Breast feeding ?: If you are breast feeding this could be normal. More so if you are nursing at night. Hormones play a large role on this and you need lower prolactin... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Acid reflux: We get heartburn when we feel sour or acid coming up our esophagus . Sometime it is related to something we eat or if we have acid reflux.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 41 years experience
No unless prescribed: A 3 month old with a urinary tract infection is something that can be serious and may be treated as an inpatient depending on the infection and if th... Read More
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Sep 22, 2013
Dr. Ruiz-Healy provides thoughtful, helpful, and insightful answers that help all users of this site!
Apr 7, 2013
Answers patient's questions in a timely manner. Very knowledgeable!
Apr 7, 2013
Answers patient's questions in a timely manner. Very knowledgeable!
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Thank you! She gets about 18 oz of milk a day and no yogurt or cheese. If she does get yogurt (usually Chobani kids for the probiotics) for lunch we take out a cup of milk. She does get applesauce at ...Read More
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Trust the patients who post questions. I am under the care of a Nurologist, live in a sophosocated city with excellent doctors. How about answering the question the patients ask. Patronizing a patient...Read More
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she sleels in her own room and always have. she is waking up screaming almost every hour. this is something new. she has not fed at night for many months she is off formula and have been for about a m...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Anahuac School of Medicine, Mexico
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Awards

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Top Doctor, Third Place, San Antonio, TX - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, San Antonio, TX - Winter
2013

Affiliations

UTHSC-San Antonio
Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, TX
Baptist hospital

Publications

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