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Dr. Michael Coogan

Pediatrics
Baton Rouge, LA
49 years experience

Locations

Office

Baton Rouge, LA

Address

541 Shadows Lane, Suite C, Baton Rouge, LA
Directions

About

Bio

Michael J. Coogan, M.D., FAAP attained a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of New Orleans and earned his M.D. degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans. He completed his residency in pediatrics on the LSU Service at Charity Hospital, New Orleans, where he was co-chief resident. Dr. Coogan has been in private practice since 1976 and has served as the Chief of Pediatrics for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He is a past president of the Baton Rouge Pediatric Society. Dr. Coogan has served as Board Chair of the Woman’s Hospital Foundation. He currently serves on Governor Jindal's Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board. His peers have consistently voted him one of the Best Doctors in America® since 1996. Dr. Coogan is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is a member of their Sections on Infectious Diseases and Hospital Medicine.

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Pediatrics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

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47 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Complicated: Most children with Down syndrome will have delayed speech and many of these children will have anatomical and functional ear problems that dispose the... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Put it on the table: Although milk products have long been touted as a great way to "get your calcium", there are other sources of calcium as well. If junior is eating mea... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No: Tomboy girls and sensitive boys may have gender confusion. Bipolar and borderline personality disorders are separate and distinct disorders. "gender c... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Sore lump: You will notice a red, warm, tender lump in the breast, and you may have fever and feel bad in general. This is not a reason to stop nursing, but you ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No: Any medicine or procedure has inherent risks and benefits. However, the actual risk of an vaccine adverse event happening is very small. Nevertheless,... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
They cry more: Gas! in babies, it comes from swallowing air while drinking milk and while crying. It comes back out as a burp, or it travels thru the gut and comes o... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Your pediatrician: Your pediatrician is your best source of immunization (vaccination) info. He will be able to provide you with the vaccine information statements (viss... Read More
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Pediatrics 49 years experience
Alertly: Most teeth erupt without causing pain. So, when you think it’s teething pain, first be sure that there is no other reason for the crying: fever, injur... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Five years: You and your baby can start gentle movements to singing or music right after birth. You can encourage motor activity to music at any age. By age 2-3 y... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Newborn screening: Nearly 97% of babies born in the U.S. Undergo hearing screening in the 1st month of life. Special equipment now makes this easy and reliable. It allow... Read More
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Pediatrics 49 years experience
Red skin spots: About 30% of newborn babies may have small-to-medium sized reddish splotches on the forehead, nose, eyelids, upper lip or back of the neck immediately... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Why would you?: Over their lifetimes, children rack up way more screen time than is healthy. We should be looking for ways to postpone and diminish tv, movies, video ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Back to sleep ...: ... In his crib, without blankets, pillows, stuffed animals or bumper pads. These unneeded extras might cover his face and make it difficult for him t... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Six months: When you start your baby on solids, you will give him small amounts of table food that you have prepared, often using herbs and spices that you cook w... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No: If your doctor tells you that your baby is anemic, she will discuss with you the type of anemia and its cause. She will explain that sometimes iron is... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Perhaps.: A recent iom recommendation states: healthcare professionals should consider 1) children’s attained weight-for-length or BMI ≥ 85th percentile, 2) chi... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No: The feeding schedule won't change just because you switch from nursing to formula. However, if your nursing schedule has been more of a "demand" sched... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No: Sometimes babies can bend digits that are broken, and sometimes won't bend digits that are not broken. Unfortunately, sometimes X-ray studies are need... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
The "check-up": Your doctor will compare your child's rate of growth to national standards, will do complete physical and neurological screening exams, will discuss h... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No.: I think that if one has to plug a toy into an electrical outlet that most toddlers are not intellectually mature enough nor physically dextrous enough... Read More
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Pediatrics 49 years experience
No: Almost all babies will have smiled responsively by 3 months of age. If your 7-month-old is not smiling, this suggests a delay in social development an... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
6-7 months: She will be able to sit by herself at 6-7 months, but she may not be able to get herself to a sitting position until 9-11 months.
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Six months: Unless there is a strong family history of immediate hypersensitivity reaction (anaphylaxis) to shellfish, you can give it to your baby when you start... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Yes: Some babies crawl at 5 months, and this is normal. Some babies never crawl, and this is normal. Even non-crawlers begin walking at normal ages.
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Yes: In the early days, breastfed babies will normally tend to have 4-6 or more watery bowel movements a day. If your older baby has a sudden change to wat... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Yes: The average first tooth appears at about 6 months. But some babies don't get that first one until as late as 15 months. If your baby is normal, health... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Yes: Your office. If there is an emergency at the daycare center, it's best to have a short trip from your office.
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No: Crawling is a preferred activity. Some babies crawl forward, some backward. Some crawl only commando style, on their bellies. And, some babies never c... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No: At two months, your baby should be smiling in response to your smiling, singing, talking, bouncing and other attempts at interaction. She will probabl... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Gentle persuasion: Measure the medicine into a graduated syringe or spoon designed for medicine delivery. Pour or squirt the dose into a tiny plastic cup. Using a small ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Act naturally: Use breast milk that you have frozen, if you can. Give the baby room temperature milk or formula. Don't use a microwave oven to heat the bottle (may c... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
You get the shot: Be sure that all eligible family members receive the flu shot. Also, recommend that all family and friends who contact your newborn get the "tdap" var... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No: Children experience continuous tooth eruption, on average, between six months and thirty-two months of age. Coincidentally, they lose maternal antibod... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
TLC: Since colds are viral infection, there is no "magic medicine" for a cure. In infants, saline nose drops may be used to loosen nasal mucus before wipin... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Diaper rash: In newborns, the commonest skin care problems are irritation dermatitis (diaper rash) and seborrheic dermatitis (cradle cap). In older infants, they ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Screening: During the first few years of life, your child's doctor will examine her (frequently, at first, then less often). Neuro-developmental screening is par... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
CNS immaturity: Evidence suggests that most babies cry "too much" in the first 3 months because they can't calm themselves once they become "sensory overloaded". In f... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Yes: The baby is responding to the sensations associated with bowel movements: pressure, sound, wetness, warmth and intestinal movement. The younger the ba... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Airway inflammation: Since ear infections begin with inflammation in the upper airway (nose and throat), parents should avoid situations that may lead to inflammation. The... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No: Normal babies occasionally sneeze and cough, uncommonly gag and rarely choke. If your baby is regularly doing any or all of these, you should arrange ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
When he's sleepy: Newborn: 2-4 hours at a stretch 24 hours a day. One to 2 months: longer stretches about 4 times a day. 3-6 months: 2-3 naps a day. 7-9 months: 2 naps ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Play with her.: Ask your pediatrician for a copy of the developmental screening test that she uses so that you can see which skills your baby is expected to acquire i... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Call your doctor: If he is having problems breathing, take him to the nearest emergency room. If his breathing is ok, you should call your doctor right away to report t... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
On the internet: The easiest and broadest way is to google "where can i find educational games on the internet for my kids?" you will be given myriad websites providin... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics 49 years experience
His doctor can help: His pediatrician is uniquely qualified to help your disabled child get the best educational bang-for-the-buck intellectually, emotionally, physically ... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Coogan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Coogan is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA
Graduated 1973MD

Awards

Best Doctors in America since 1996
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