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Dr. Melissa Arca

Pediatrics
Carmichael, CA
female

Locations

Office

Carmichael, CA

Address

5841 Jameson Court, Carmichael, CA
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Medicaid

United healthcare

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Specialties
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Pediatrics

Adolescent medicine

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
No "deadline": There is no "deadline" for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding and breastmilk have numerous benefits for you and your child. At least 6 months is desirable a... Read More
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No schedule: In general, newborns wili feed every 1.5 to 3 hours, however, it's much better to tune into your newborn's hunger cues than to put her on a set schedu... Read More
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Yes: For the first 6 months of daycare, children do tend to catch many colds. It's inevitable and yes, a normal part of being in daycare. It is merely a fu... Read More
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Yes: The benefits of breastfeeding are well known. Breastfeeding promotes close bonding with your baby.Breast milk is chock full of beneficial antibodies a... Read More
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No: Crib bumpers have been shown to be a major suffocation and strangulation risk for infants. Although sold as part of elaborate crib bedding ensembles, ... Read More
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Yes: Yes, breastfeeding while you have a cold is completely safe. In fact, since you were contagious prior to coming down with symptoms, your baby was alre... Read More
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Feeding when hungry: Breastfeeding on demand means tuning into a baby's hunger cues and feeding her when she starts "telling" you she is hungry. Look for alert periods, sm... Read More
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Infectious disease: Kawasaki disease is an uncommon infectious disease in children ages 1-8. However, recognition and treatment are extremely important in order to preven... Read More
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Dr. Melissa Arca
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Now: Bumper pads on cribs are not a necessity. In fact, they could pose a suffocation or entrapment risk to infants and toddlers. They may look cute becaus... Read More
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Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Exposure to second hand smoke is a major health concern, especially in babies and children. Babies exposed to second hand smoke are at higher risk for... Read More
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It's a virus.: Croup is caused by a virus. Most commonly, the parainfluenza virus. This virus infects the upper respiratory tract, more specifically, the larynx (voi... Read More
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Dr. Melissa Arca
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Keep it bare: The best bedding for your baby's crib is essentially no bedding. Your baby should sleep on a firm mattress with a fitted crib sheet. No extra blankets... Read More
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May be normal: It is normal for newborns to lose up to 10% of their birth weight within the first week of life. This weight loss represents excess body fluid. By two... Read More
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1-2 months of age: Babies begin "practicing" their smiles with primitive grimaces and smirks in the first month of life. You'll often catch your sweet baby "smiling" in ... Read More
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Be kind but honest: Unfortunately, everyone has an opinion on virtually every parenting issue out there. The thing is, only you know what is right for you and your baby. ... Read More
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No: Most babies will fuss or cry a little when trying to fall asleep. With that being said, it's important to understand baby sleep. They sleep lighter an... Read More
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Unlikely: Ear pulling by itself is not a reliable indicator of an ear infection. Babies pull on their ears for many reasons, pain in the ear is not usually one ... Read More
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Specializes in Pediatrics
None: It can be hard to look at your adorable baby with red bumps scattered across his cheeks and not want to "do" something about it. The good news is, it ... Read More
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No: You can, but i don't recommend it at all. Aside from the adverse effects of second hand smoke to your baby such as increased risk for sids, ear infect... Read More
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Yes: Sunscreens have a shelf life of three years. After this, they start to lose their stability and efficacy. You should see an expiration date on your bo... Read More
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No: Many babies never crawl and go straight to walking. There is no evidence that babies who skip crawling will have motor or developmental delays. What i... Read More
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Baby's first milk: Colostrum is essentially baby's first "milk", however, it is thick and yellow and looks nothing like milk. This important first meal is loaded with an... Read More
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6 months: Putting safety as the priority here, babies are safest sleeping in the same room with mom up until 6 months old. Whether that is in a crib or a bedsid... Read More
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Pat dry and protect: It can be tough to keep those cheeks and chin dry when your baby is drooling it up. Keep her cheeks and chin as dry as possible during the day by peri... Read More
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Yes: I am a huge proponent of swaddling newborns, they love it. Perfecting a snug swaddle, one where your baby cannot shake free, will prove beneficial for... Read More
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Eat, Sleep, Love: Think of a child's basic needs; food, sleep, and love. Children tend to become agitated more easily when they are hungry, tired, overstimulated, or un... Read More
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Listen and feel: A good latch may take some practice for both mom and baby. Signs of a good latch: your baby's mouth covers the nipple and much of the areola, your bab... Read More
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Likely a hydrocele: About half of all newborn boys will have a condition called a communicating hydrocele. This means that there is an opening between the abdominal cavit... Read More
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Usually goes away: Normal newborn jitteriness which is characterized by trembling with crying, usually goes away on its own by 1-2 months of age. Jitteriness that cannot... Read More
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Yes: Although on average babies will erupt their first tooth between 5 to 7 months of age, there is a wide range of normal. Some babies will sprout that fi... Read More
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Evaluate Environment: If your baby is truly having recurrent ear infections, it's time to take stock of her environment. Exposure to second hand smoke, daycare, pacifier us... Read More
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Dr. Melissa Arca
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Don't tie it on: Pacifiers can be very effective and safe soothers for babies. Follow these simple safety precautions if you decide to use one: make sure the pacifier ... Read More
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Clothing Shade Hat: Babies 6 months and younger should be kept out of direct sunlight. If necessary, sunscreen can be applied sparingly to exposed areas (hands and face).... Read More
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Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
Keep it simple: Baby skin can be quite delicate and sensitive. Your baby only needs a bath about 3 times per week. Use a fragrance free and dye free baby wash and sha... Read More
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No: Newborns, especially those born after their due date tend to have peeling skin within the first two weeks of life. This is a normal process and is not... Read More
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Usually, No.: Most jitteriness or trembling in newborns is normal. Newborns display this jitteriness when they are crying and is a result of their immature nervous ... Read More
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Keep it clean & dry: Keeping your baby's umbilical stump clean and dry will facilitate healing, drying, and the eventual "falling off" of your baby's cord. Keep the area a... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Arca is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Arca is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, CA
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