Dr. James Ferguson

Pediatrics
Waco, TX
48 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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Many: Syphilis can eventually result in an inflamatory immune process in the brain some 10-20 years after primary infection. Occuring in about 15% of untrea... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Within 3 years: As a rule, I would want to evaluate a young lady if she did not progress to menses within 3 years of initial breast budding.I find looking at a growth... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Call your OB now!!!: You may be in early labor that can be stopped if dealt with quickly. You are looking at a 50% chance your child will end up in a nicu nursery on oxyge... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes and No: Since the genetic signals for making abnormal blood cells cannot be changed, the likelyhood of a simple medication or treatment for the disorder is no... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Tantrum varient: You are describing a tantrum varient of childhood loosly called "breathholding spells".Rare but occasional in infants it peaks around 2 & fades by sch... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Personal choice: Having baby in another room helps parents & baby get more rest. Otherwise well meaning checks or snoring could waken baby when the would stay asleep o... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Not reported: Fluoride is an essential element needed for healthy bone & teeth development.In areas where groundwater has high levels, a mottled staining of teeth i... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Depends on the cause: Goiter can occur in iodine deficient areas but is rare when iodinized salt products are available.Goiter due to immune thyroiditis occurs in family cl... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Can be normal : There is evidence that appearance of some pubic hair as early as 6 yo is normal in females. Minimal circulating hormone may produce this change in iso... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Start with an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome, add 2-3x incerase in bronchitis& ear infections & other respiratory issues. Add decrease... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Not particularly: Although there is an effort to close asd's by school age an asymptomatic child of 10 is not necessarily ruined for life. The size of the defect is q... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Decreases volume : It is well known that smokers lose some sense of smell & must quit for 5 days before they will detect the lingering smell on their hair or clothes. I ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes & no: Since sensation in the lips sends pleasure messages to the brain i can see where one might develop a pacifier fettish ( keeping it within the privacy ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Ask your Dr: I see no reason not to do both if your doctor is up for it. I find it a bit unusual for anyone old enough to have wisdom teeth to consider this proced... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Be age specific: In the early childhood years, simple is best. If your kid still believes in the tooth fairy, it is not time for elaborate charts or big terms. A simp... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
If U plan to forever: A 4wk old does not know when she's sleeping or that sleep would help her fatigue.Parents who rock/cary infants have 3-4x sleep disturbances in kids th... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Watch and wait: The kid who has 5 separate episodes/yr or one that has not cleared in 90 days will likely benefit. This comes as a drop frequency to 1-2/yr while the ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Wouldn't advise it: There are over the counter products with aspirin like chemicals in them at low concentrations. I would never advise anyone to try to mix up aspirin cr... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Hard to say: You are listed as 48 yo which is outside the range 9-26 where the vaccine is approved. You are also not the gender Planned Parenthood caters to, but t... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Depends on dfn: Although both practices could be considered abusive in some form, by convention the withholding of food would fit the conventional use of the term. Th... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Possibly: CP is a broad collection of movement disorders. Each case is unique & outcomes are variable. Early and agressive therapy and medical management of ass... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Not appropriate: If you needed such a note to get reading glasses you can pick out by yourself at a kiosk,it would be fine. Having them covered by your HSA can be a ha... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Real world thinking: There is good data that a up to 1/4 females will be sexually used/abused/raped in their lifetime starting in childhood. Getting a vaccine as soon as i... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
More data please: Even healthy appearing kids can have stooling issues.Volume/texture/stool water/blood, mucous or pus/excessive odor(clears a room)are important additi... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Sleep entry disorder: Sleep walking/night terrors are oddities in childhood that may reflect a more rapid entry into deep sleep, possibly triggered by unrecognised sleep de... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Some basics: Most sore throats are viral but symptoms plus a positive quick test/culture will find the strep A that needs antibiotics. People can carry strep A but... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Hard to fix: The odor from intestinal gas comes brom the breakdown of nutrients that you do not absorb, but feed various germs in your gut. They feed on the excess... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Poland Sequence: Look up poland sequence http://omim.Org/entry/173800 thought to be a sporatic event 1/20, 000 births the ps affects m>f , r>l, is thought to occur be... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Works/not harmful: There is a difference between methyl alcohol,which 1tbsp intake will kill you & ethyl alcohol, which people enjoy, not all forms of mercury are t... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Several: If you like the fluid sources, soy and goat milk are common substitutes. Many orange juices & some tea's have calcium added. Tums has a chewable w... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Every choice has pbs: There may be some benefit in a short delay in cutting the cord. Yet there can also be problems if that is carried too far. Returning blood cells from ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: The interesting range of emotions, fear, generated as you view a movie will produce some hormonal changes in your body & those will be part of babies ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Vs regional ?: You get the most from this site when you provide adequate background information and ask a clear question. This is not. Physicians donate their time t... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Varies: The average weight for 63inch 15yo is 112lb, but by BMI index ranges between 96 & 135. Overweight would be >135 and underweight <92.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Pain/bruise/swelling: Bones have most of their living structure on the outside surface, like bark on a tree. Bone bruises can produce significant pain, but breaks will add ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Inherited tendency: Most asthma is part of the allergy/eczema/asthma triad which is controlled by several genes. Various factors controling the mechanics in lung pasagewa... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Self soothing: The lips are supplied with a tremendous density of sensory nerves that send pleasure sensations to the brain. This aids babies first latch on & feed w... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Open to Opinion: Breast feeding is both nutrition & nurturing. Many aboriginal cultures breast feed until 2yr and place on solids as their norm.These kids thrive as we... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Depends: Rx for syphillis depends on the type, newborn or acquired;stage, early or late and complications. Penicillin is the primary drug treatment. Managemen... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Unlikely: Head banging is not limited to CP kids.In a way it is just an amplification of the early infant fussing.I've never heard or seen a head banger with a... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Can reduce sucess: Chlamydia can lie dormant in the female genital tract, producing injury to the sensative fallopian tubes and eventually lead to scarring. If the tubes... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Name says it all: TB is known as a cause of human disease as far back as cave man times giving it a long time to adapt to its human host. TB has a very slow reproducti... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Depending on the intensity of the illness, lyme disease as will most other infections, cause a change in your baseline Insulin needs. Some who are rec... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Depends on situation: During a stint in the military, i routeinly discharged newborns that traveled to the airport for a flight back to the us for their first month or two ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Usually a problem : Extent & location helps define the issue. A cataract can be cloudy or pure white located in center of the lens.Fluid pressure can make the clear fron... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Though less well known the hpv virus is associated with bowens disease , a precancerous lesion of the penis(similar to cervical dysplasia). Penile ca... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Not necessarily: In the case of lime disease it is estimated that the tick must be feeding on the body for many hours if not a whole day before the germ is passed in t... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: The american academy of pediatrics publishes a regular review of vaccines and infectious agents (red book, 18ed, 2009) in this reference it notes that... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Multiple: The risk of CP is higher in several groups: premature (<32 wks);small for dates (<2kg); brain hemorrhage;multiple birth;low oxygen levels at birth;sha... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Any wound a problem: Tetanus spores from the dirt can get into any break in your skin and potentially germinate. Over time the growing germs may elaborate the tetanus toxi... 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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