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Dr. James Ferguson

Pediatrics
Waco, TX
47 years experience male

Locations

Office

Waco, TX

Address

P O Box 23669, Waco, TX
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About

Bio

An honor graduate of Ohio State University, he attended Medical school on scholarship and trained at the largest Naval Hospital on the East coast. After a tour overseas, he returned to more training in Developmental Pediatrics and joined the faculty at UTMB Galveston. He began his private pediatric practice in 1984. He has served as a deligate to the Texas Medical Association, on commities of the Texas Pediatric Society and as a Board member of the Texas Pediatric Society Foundation.

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Pediatrics

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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Accept your size: At 21 your growth centers are most likely closed ; no further growth is possible. If your growth centers are open (xray of hand can tell) you might g... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Most will: It is fine for infants to feed on whatever they will take when they have fever.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Prodrome: Chickenpox actually becomes contagious and erupts 10-21 days after your exposure (ave 14) and many will experience a low grade fever during the prodro... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes, but why ?: Studies of loritadine show the medication is well tolerated at twice the recommended 10 mg dose. However, the same studies show no added benefit of th... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: If it did, there wouldn't be any acne.
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Worrisome info: This might seem a logical next step.Yet the presence of a lesion in the liver means the cancer has probably sent tiny seeds for more tumors to additio... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: If you leave enough HP behind that the canal remains wet, you foster conditions for germ growth, swelling & cracking of the skin. This can give ri... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Probably fine: A vinegar douche is often available as an over the counter product for a womens hygiene.As far as helping you conceive a girl, it is unlikely to bring... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: Wet hair will not make a kid get sicker. It would be reasonable to towel them off and get it as dry as you can with a towel, but by all means, keeping... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: If you have not had one in ten years it is a good idea. The wound itself is lower risk than those dealing with gardening or yard work but tetanus spo... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Hard to say: If you are referring to a blood test, it would mean there is no evidence of a prior varicella infection and no immunity.If it refers to a specimin i s... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Resume the series: You can continue the series without having to start over. Just get busy and arrange for it.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Confusing question: No one must be tested for anything, you are free to live your life in whatever state of function you have. If your question is do you need testing bef... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Define easy ?: Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a psychostimulant medication listed by the dea in class 2, or one of the most abusable medications available. It requires... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Define and bypass: The primary treatment of a learning disorder involves defining the strengths an weakness of a students learning abilities. This includes determination... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: There are some that will have an allergic response to any latex product that comes in contact with the skin. Physicians and hospitals routinely stock ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Growth cntrs close: Menses starts the clock on final growth as the hormones that support menses signal the growth centers to begin closing. A girl will grow another 2.5 i... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Worrisome at 18: Pubertal gynecomastia will occur in 1/3 to 1/2 of males ; generally last about a year before fading.Up to 3 years is noted occasionally before disappe... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
We don't in the US: I know some fare east cultures like to offer honey as a ritual celebration ; wish for success. However, there are often spores(seeds) of botulism germ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Vasaline fine: I find unscented vasaline a great barrier skin treatment for kids prone to diaper rash.It may not help heal skin that is already broken down but does ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends on variables: Fas is an exposure related disorder that can alter normal tissue (heart, facial features, nervous system) and sometimes alters function (add, personal... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Try to lomit btls: I would make sure the kid is brought to the table and sits while others eat.Make sure your meal plan includes something you can mash up and offer him... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
common: This process usually starts before birth and will subside on its own as baby grows longer.Some speculate that the closeness of the baby stomach to the... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Another issue: Unfortunately, antibiotic use does not protect you from the many viral respiratory germs that pass easily in public. It would also not prevent a resis... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Normal lymph node: We have lymph nodes scattered throughout our body ; many are often detected in the neck where they sit on top of neck muscles. These nodes are little ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Other sources: Mrsa staph is around us in almost any environment inside or outside the house.On treatment, mom is less likely a source than others who may carry it w... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
I wouldn't: Unless it is clearly within the recommended dates for use, it has likely lost strength. I would toss it and contact your doc if you need something for... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Have bone age checkd: This height is at less than 3% of the male population at age 14. A first step would a good basic history and exam and an x-ray of the left hand and w... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: A dose of the tdap vaccine will provide you with the proper whooping cough vaccine as well as tetanus and diphtheria protection.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: Some vials would fill with 5 cc or more and some with 1 cc. Some "crickets" fill with a fraction of a cc. The average 13 mo would have an estimated bl... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes and no: Croup is more an infection of kids 6m to 6 yrs although I have seen it in 8 yo. It involves a rubbery quality of the airway that creates the croup sou... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Hard to say: Such diagnoses require a significant review of history, level of function, exam and a variety of tests. Alternative medical, emotional and behavioral ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Most 2-3 wks: For most teens or adults this would gradually improve after 2-3 weeks. A subset of 1/4 may have persisting problems for 2-3 mo. There is a myth about ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: It is a common label often overused by parents and teachers. Yet there are subgroups of that group that have a condition that will improve significant... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
You choose: The present HPV vaccine helps protect people from 9 strains of the HPV, but only if they have never been infected by them. It is given as a series of ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes / varies: Some women are quite irregular with their cycles and some appear to ignore changes as they occur. How and why someone is not aware varies with the per... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Confusing question: Why would you be breast feeding a 14 yo or 13 yo or how would it happen that they were 14 and 13 months? Either way they can find other ways to nurtur... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Variable: A thorough assessment of anyone's risks for pregnancy includes age, pre-pregnancy health ; medications, and an assessment of the genetic input from bo... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Some are some not: Infants can react to the stress of vaccines with increased interest in the nurturing of feeding while some are a bit confused and respond by becoming ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: Once you have chickenpox, you have a lifetime of immunity. New exposures will not produce a new infection. This is quite different from conditions lik... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Sort this out 1st: While this is not an unusual feeling, most can face it & accept the necessity. For you to have a phobic response to the idea, you could benefit fr... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Hard to tell from ?: Most 3 yo will eat well 4-5 days a month and graze and nibble the rest. Their growth rate is expected to be 2.5 inches and between 2-6 lb/yr depending... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
It will pass: This is the age where kids believe you should be their servant and do anything they want, including not taking them where they may get shots, etc. If ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Time for consultatn: Find a local cosmetic surgeon and ask if this would be realistic.Most scars can be revised but the potential outcome will depend on a lot of individua... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Why ever?: Candida albicans is a normal component of the gut background flora.It can occupy up to 5% of the dry weight of your stool at any one time. Many altern... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: Any unwanted contact with your genitals can factually be considered molestation and or rape. However this gets into a confusing area when you persist ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Unlikely the pbm: In the 30's, your growth centers have closed and any existing growth hormone production helps protect the growing cells, muscle mass and the like. You... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Can be normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris.It starts out a deep green ; slowly changes thru greens to yellows... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Get a physical first & if cleared consult with a clinical nutritionist. Many who diet do not understand how to correctly count calories or provide... Read More
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Aug 9, 2013
I have been reading & learning from Dr. Ferguson's Healthtap input for a number of months. He is clearly very knowledgeable about pediatrics, infectious disease & a medicine in general. The informatio...Read More
Sep 19, 2015
Dr. Ferguson knows how to talk to kids and to parents as well, which is to say he is an expert in his field with effective execution, combined with warm bedside manner in caring for his anxious youthf...Read More
Dr. Ferguson appears to be tireless. I so enjoy his answers to even the most unusual questions. He displays a level of compassion and fund of knowledge that are admirable. I highly recommend him an...Read More
HealthTap member
She was healthy until 10/2010. Dx were from two ER visits (same hospital) and our family MD. Transferred her to Pediatrician 9/2011. Her healthcare providers have been consistent. We live in a rural a...Read More
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Thank you. If what you are saying does turn out to be the case, would that mean that he is "lactose intolerant"? Or would it just be a sensitivity to it and in your opinion, would you recommend that ...Read More
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Sry for being unclear. My 6 year olds were micro-preemies, my 4.5yo just a regular preemie. My 6yo kids are actually trached as well. I guess I think any major car crash will likely be fatal- :( I am...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical Branch ,Galveston
Graduated 1975MD

Residency

Naval Regional Medical Center,Portsmouth Virginia

Awards

Americas Top Pediatricians
Top Pediatrician: Healthtap 2011
Top Doctor, First Place, Texas - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
Texas Pediatric Society
McLennan County Medical Society
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