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Dr. Ralph Kingsford

Pediatrics
Visalia, CA
36 years experience male

Locations

Visalia Medical Clinic

Visalia, CA

Address

5400 W Hillsdale Ave, Visalia, CA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Practice website

Fax

(559) 738-7560

Insurances accepted

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Aetna

Blue Shield of California

Cigna

UnitedHealthcare

About

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: California

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

58 Answers
6 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: No interaction between the two.
A member asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Try Aveeno (oatmeal): You could try applying some Aveeno (oatmeal) skin relief healing ointment on it. If he continues to be uncomfortable, have his pediatrician check it.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
It is possible: There are various causes for gastritis and depending on the cause symptoms can return. Did you have any test done before you were given the medication... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen: Control the fever with Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen., tepid sponging and adequate fluids. If the child develops a sore throat, headache, body ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Plantar wart: It probably is a plantar wart. She could do warm soaks of the foot and apply an OTC topical for now & have it checked by your family physician wh... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Maybe diet related: Are you breast feeding? If so, has anything in your diet changed? If you're nursing watch your intake of dairy foods, chocolate, caffiene etc. She may... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Ear pain: Ear infections will usually cause pain in the affected ear. If the middle ear is involved there usually is a fever too. You could also have trouble he... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Don't eat late: Eating a heavy meal especially if it's late, could make you uncomfortable. In addition I would avoid fried foods, caffeinated beverages and nicotine. ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes, this is viral.: Viral GI illness can take between 7-10 days to resolve. You should encourage a BRATT type diet (bananas, rice, apple sauce, toast & tea) and avoid... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Food intolerance: Has you toddler been gaining weight appropriately? He/She may have a mild Lactose or Fructose Intolerance. Do you give him/her much dairy foods or ju... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Okay if it's mild: You could have abdominal pain. As long as it's mild, it is okay. I suggest avoiding any contact sport or strenuous exercise If the pain worsens have i... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
It could: Depending on how long it been between bowel movements, groin pain and difficulty walking could occur with constipation. If there is a fever the pain ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Possible fissure: You may have an anal fissure. Try Sitz baths an apply some Vaseline to the peri anal region. If it persists or you have bloody bowel movements, have y... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Most likely: Her symptoms are consistent with an URI. Use nasal saline drops & have her try & gently blow her nose. Alternatively, you could use a bulb suc... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Probably: While taking Vitamin A while on Accutane is not totally contraindicated, there is a risk for Vitamin A toxicity. So, you probably should discontinue.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Stay calm: Sounds like you are experiencing anxiety. Start some deep breathing relaxation exercises, avoid any caffeinated beverages. If your worsening acne is t... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Not normal: A surgical site that is red, hot & tender a week from surgery is not normal. Have your surgeon or GP made aware of your symptoms & have it che... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Not unusual: Teens could often have some irregularity in the frequency or duration of their periods, even if for most part they have been regular. If however, you ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes its possible: if the upper back is involved it could certainly cause your chest discomfort.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Make it a game: Tear up toilet paper into 1" pieces and throw in 2 or 3 into the toilet and have him try to hit them. You could also use Cheerios as targets but be ca... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Likely viral illness: You probably have a viral illness - maybe the Flu - did you get your Flu shot this year? Keep yourself hydrated and take Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen fo... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Have Strep test done: It is possible your recurrence of a sore throat is due to a viral infection and would only need supportive treatment. However, if your Strep test is ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
It is safe: Laws vary by state. I believe in Texas, children over the age of 8 can ride legally without a booster. In California the current laws is: ​Children u... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Use Debrox or Murine: Try using a few drops of a wax (cerumen) softening agent. These are available OTC. Follow the manufacturer instructions. I caution against using Q-ti... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes: You probably have GERD. Left untreated it could lead to further problems. You should see a GI specialist and have your symptoms evaluated. In the int... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes: Did you have a sore throat along with the swollen lymph nodes? The swollen nodes could be the cause of the pain.
A female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Probably viral: You may have a viral throat infection causing these symptoms. Gargle with warm salt water & take some Tylenol (acetaminophen). If you have a fever... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes: EBV could cause prolonged symptoms - l haven't seen one last that long. Other possibilities include Tuberculosis, valley fever and auto immune disorde... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes. Paronychia: He probably has a paronychia infection. You could try warm soaks and a topical antibiotic. However, if he has a fever or pus draining, he should see h... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Not harmful: Make sure you take it with food.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Stage 3 solids: you can introduce soft table foods. I would avoid anything large that could cause choking. You could also introduce dairy foods - yogurt, cottage chee... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
It may: Tetracycline derivatives may diminish the therapeutic effect of hormonal Contraceptives . There have been anecdotal reports that tetracycline antibiot... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Safe to use Tylenol (acetaminophen): It is safe to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) while on Accutane.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Watch for now: Did you give her any fever medication at 5 AM? If yes, that would explain the normal 7 AM temp. If she has a recurrence of her fever and complains of ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: The bumps you see are likely slightly enlarged vallate papillae which are normal. Further back there are lymphoid nodules - which if not painful, wou... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
No: Clobet is a topical antibiotic cream. It will not help itching, so do not use it. You can try Eucerin anti-itch cream and/or take an antihistamine.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Use a probiotic: Erythromycin can cause increased gut motility and cause cramps and diarrhea. It would help to reduce dairy products and take a probiotic.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Maybe skin tags: They could be sKin tags from prior fissures. Do you tend to get constipated? If so, use a stool softener and reduce starchy foods. If you have any ble... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Likely arthritis: Since you have several painful joints, you probably have some form of arthritis. I recommend you have it checked.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
She should be: If she is not continuing to cough and or/wheeze, she is very likely okay. It would be a good idea for you to take a basic infant CPR course, which wou... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
See ENT specialist: Tinnitus can be caused by a variety of conditions Including: Normal aging and hearing loss Loud noise Medicines, including some antibiotics, anti-seiz... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Throat infection: It could be a swollen lymph node - s/o throat infection - viral or Strep. If you are febrile get a test done for Strep.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Get checked: Have you developed other signs of puberty? There a re a variety of genetic, nutritional, inflammatory & hormonal causes for a delay in the onset o... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Neosporin won't work: Herpes is a viral infection and will not respond to Neosporin. If you are certain it is herpes, you should see your physician. Since this is your prim... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
See your Gyn doc: It is not normal to have a period/bleeding for that period of time. I strongly recommend you get checked.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
2-3 days: It could take 2-3 days before her fever improves. However, if she has a viral illness it could be longer. If her fever has not resolved, I suggest a r... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Likely infection: The symptoms you describe are more suggestive of an infection. I suggest you get yourself checked.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
130-145 lbs: An ideal weight range for that height will be between 130-145 lbs
A female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Ginger: Try chewing candied ginger. Avoid fried foods. If symptoms do not improve see your doctor.
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Kingsford
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Allergy meds: There are several medications for allergies that can be used for toddlers including: Claritin (Loratadine) Zyrtec (Cetirizine) Allerga (Fexofenadine) ... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kingsford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kingsford is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Nov 26, 2015
I am grateful for this doctor this Thanksgiving!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for your quick reply. I was hoping it wasn't strep. Will get in and get tested.
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thank you very much doctor. We've been going on a week now, with cough
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I did go to my doctor and depending on my symptoms he gave me the pill

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Bangalore University, St. John's Medical College, India
Graduated 1986MD

Residency

NYU HOSPITALS CENTER
Completed 1989

Residency

LUCILE SALTER PACKARD CHILDREN'S HSP AT STANFORD
Completed 1991

Awards

Most Influential Doctor, Second Place, Bakersfield Region - Winter
2015
Thought Leader, First Place, Bakersfield Region - Winter
2015
Top Doctor, First Place, Bakersfield Region - Winter
2015

Affiliations

Tulare County Medical Society
California Medical Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
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