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Dr. Sharon Gilliland

Pediatrics
Indianapolis, IN
37 years experience

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Indianapolis, IN

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5711 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN
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Pediatrics

Languages spoken

English

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A member asked:
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Wild virus chicken pox does carry a risk of complications. In young children, the risk is lower than it is in teens and adults; however, the complica... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Talk to her: The best way to help your baby learn to talk is to talk to your baby. Make eye contact, play games, mimic your baby's sounds and read to her. Normal... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
She must use it.: Make some colorful toys available, make sure the sun is not shining directly into her eyes, make sure it fits her appropriately and that she's not too... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Birthmark: Some babies are born with red, flat marks on their eyelids, the bridge of their nose and/or the nape of the neck. The medical term for one of these i... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: A baby who is acting sick (won't eat, is vomiting, running a fever, acting very listless) and has a bulging fontanelle should be presumed to have meni... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Brief and frequent: Have frequent brief periods of tummy time, allowing slight frustration but stopping the tummy time if she gets really annoyed. Have stimulating toys ... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: Newborns often have swollen genitals from mom's hormones and sometimes related to the trauma of coming through the birth canal. Older babies should n... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: The typical fevers of childhood illnesses do not cause brain trauma and damage. If the fever is caused by an infection of the brain (meningitis or en... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
A variety of causes: Hoarseness in infants can be from a variety of causes. Babies can have reflux and chronic irritation of the airway from the spitting up can cause hoa... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Infection or object: During a viral respiratory infection, a baby's runny nose will often turn thick and colored for a couple of days before changing back to clear. If th... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Lots of answers: Lots and lots of potential answers -- lack of sleep, pain, hunger, change of routine, headache, mom's medicine penetrating into breastmilk and causing... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Don't give up!: Drink more non-caffeinated liquids, play soothing music or a tape of your baby's hungry cry while pumping, take a warm shower or apply warm compresses... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Exhaustion: Your baby will basically sleep and eat for several weeks. Unfortunately, the eating should happen every 2-3 hours and lasts anywhere from 30-60 minut... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Absolutely not. It is completely normal for an infant to tug on, fondle or rub his penis once he's developmentally capable of finding it with his han... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Angry red bumpy rash: Measles is an angry red rash all over the body. Not only does the child have a rash but the child is sick and is miserable. He has a bad runny nose ... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Patience: Provided you trust your husband not to hurt the baby if he is mad, give him more time alone with the baby. Make sure he knows not to take a baby's ac... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Remove opportunity: Keep all small objects out of her reach until she's older. If she is putting things like carpet fiber in her nose, don't let her be on the carpet unt... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Noninteractive: Early signs of abnormal development include lack of social smile by 2 months, inability to track objects, lack of reaction to sound, poor muscle tone ... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Antiseptic sprays are not effective enough to be worth the effort of spraying a baby's throat if the baby resists and most babies will resist.
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: Most babies get their first tooth between 6 and 12 months of age. If your baby is less than 12 months old, he/she is perfectly normal if you are stil... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Most pediatricians believe vaccinations are necessary and valuable unless a child is allergic to a vaccination or there are other specific medical con... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Do not use rubbing alcohol to reduce your child's fever. The fumes from the alcohol can be dangerous to a child.
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Talk to his doctor: See an ENT for frequently recurrent ear infections. Also, make sure your primary care doctor knows, especially if some of them were diagnosed by othe... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yeast infection: Thrush is caused by yeast. Yeast are everywhere. In young infants, who have less "normal flora" than older children (normal flora refers to the norm... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: Absolutely. Many women are vitamin d deficient which will contribute to vitamin d deficiency in the baby (rickets). The baby should also receive a v... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: They absolutely do not. In fact, walkers are dangerous and associated with more accidental injuries. The best thing you can do to help your child le... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Many screens.: In most states, newborns are screened for elevated blood pressure, congenital cyanotic heart disease (with oxygen level), jaundice and hearing loss in... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Soothe and prepare: For babies, it may help to feed him while he's getting the injections if your doctor's office allows -- breastfeeding or a bottle with sugar water hav... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Marijuana is an L5 risk category drug, meaning it has a high risk of causing damage to an infant. There will be marijuana in the breastmilk & infants... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Content & gaining wt: If your baby is getting enough milk, he/she will be content between feedings, will urinate at least 6-7 times in 24 hours and will pass at least 1 sto... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
8-12 times/24 hrs: New moms should attempt to nurse every 2-3 hours and most well infants will nurse 8-12 times in 24 hours.
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: If you pump frequently enough and are able to increase your milk supply to an amount sufficient to allow normal weight gain in the baby, you can gradu... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Chronic lung disease: Bpd means bronchopulmonary dysplasia and it is chronic lung disease seen in infants who were either premature or had serious respiratory illness at bi... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: Yes, it is normal.
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Using lotions: Parents often use lotions or creams, thinking that the normal flaking skin seen in the weeks after birth needs moisturizing. These lotions and creams... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Trial and error: It's a learning process. Babies have simple needs to start with and simple ways to communicate them. She will cry to shows she's hungry, or wet or d... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Adjust for premies: Adjusted age is a term used when describing premature infants. Growth and development are monitored, not just for the baby's real age but for the age... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Skin infection: Impetigo is a skin infection caused by streptococcus. It is contagious and can spread on the same person to other parts of the body, especially parts... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: It is dangerous for babies to be exposed to lead paint in a form which can be ingested or breathed in. For instance, if lead paint has peeled from th... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No: Many babies gulp and suck quite noisily. This is not a problem at all. Only worry if you baby is coughing, gagging or having difficulty breathing du... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Feeding problems: Many babies have reflux (ger). Only some of them have reflux disease (gerd). Symptoms of disease include spitting up so much that there is poor weig... Read More
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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Yes: The MMR is an important vaccine. Measles can be a deadly disease and can also be a cause of brain damage. Rubella in a pregnant woman can cause seve... Read More

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

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana University School of Medicine, IN
Graduated 1985MD

Awards

Centene Summit Award 2010
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