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Dr. David Galbraith

Pediatrics
Altoona, PA
49 years experience male

About

Bio

After practicing pediatrics in central Pennsylvania for 37+ years, I officially retired as of October 2014. The transitions that occurred during my time in practice were legion and encompassed medical advances, the commercialization of medicine in the United States, significant changes in family structure and society, changes in the educational system, and, of course, the technological revolution and the internet. What a trip!

Specialties
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Pediatrics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

70 Answers
47 Agrees
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Sort of: If you are asking about nocturnal enuresis, bedwetting alarms "cure" about 3 out of 4 users. Go to http://www.Healthychildren.Org and search on "bedwe... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Yes: "global developmental delay" is a general descriptive diagnosis that encompasses many different conditions. It means there are delays in all aspects o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Not much.: Vaseline isn't toxic. A lot might cause a little diarrhea, but i can't imagine a child eating enough to do that.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Yes: Some do, though not very commonly.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No: While the cause of kawasaki disease remains unknown, it does not appear to be contagious.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
No.: Many children lose their teeth at a later age. This is frequently a family trait. Pulling the baby teeth does not make the 2nd teeth come in sooner.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Website: Go to www.Genome.Gov and on the right side scroll down to "genetic disorders faq" and click on it for a pretty complete reference site. In the list on... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Depends: Gestational age is usually determined by a combination of calculations based on the last menstrual period, physical examination of the pregnant woman,... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Largely uknown: The cause of gastroschisis is not known, but there are certain statistical associations such as younger maternal age, alcohol consumption or smoking d... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Depends: On her age, personality, family situation, etc. There is good information and tips available at www.Healthychildren.Org & www.Kidsgrowth.Com.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Not a good idea.: Silver is a toxic metal and has caused some problems in older children and adults when used to treat burns. For that reason silver sulfadiazine is no ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Depends: "preemies" can have almost no problems to serious lifr-threatening problems or anywhere in between. The more premature the baby is the more problems y... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Not a good idea.: Silver is a toxic metal and has caused some problems in older children and adults when used to treat burns. For that reason silver sulfadiazine is no ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Not much.: While it is the most popular treatment for burns, there are more advanced treatments that work better and faster. It often causes an eschar (scab) at ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Birth defect: In gastroschisis the baby is born with the intestines protruding ouside of the abdominal cavity through a hole (defect) beside the umbilicus (belly bu... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Maybe.: Such a treatment is currently being investigated, but so far has not been perfected. Due to the recent discovery of a gene that prevents sperm from ma... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Both: Currently there three basic classifications: asperger's, autistiism, & pervasive developmental disorders. But these are somewhat ill-defined & each en... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Several things: It depends on what stage a pregnancy is in & what the cause of early labor is. Options include hormones, a circlage (ring that goes around the cervix ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Possibly: Most preemies remain relatively small initially, depending on how small and how early they were to begin with. Then most eventually catch up by 1-2 ye... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Very accurate.: Ultrasond dagnosis of gastroschisis is very accurate when competently performed.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Immediately: Children do not need to be kept out of school for pinworms. They are almost ubiquitous in preschool and daycare children and only need treated if they... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Most likely: Strabismus surgery is pretty exact but not always perfect. In general though the results are good and the eyes align much brtter.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Genetic disorder: Of connective tissue that affects many bodily systems.The national Marfan foundation has a very nice website that will answer any questions you have a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Reconsider: While most home births go well and it is a very appealing concept, birth is the singular time in life that one is most likely to require resuscitation... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Very specialized: It is a very specialized unit for taking care of newborns with problems like prematurity, respiratory issues, infections, and sometimes heart prpblems... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Usually: Bacterial conjunctivitis goes away in a few days on it's own. In england, as a rule , they do not treat common conjunctivitis because it is difficult ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Analgesics: For pain related to teething, analgesics work best; Acetaminophen for all ages, Ibuprofen for babies 6 months and older. Teething gels are not a good ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
I wouldn't. : They are very similar drugs and closely related chemically. Their side effects are identical and would be additive if you took the two together.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Very specialized: It is a very specialized unit for taking care of newborns with problems like prematurity, respiratory issues, infections, and sometimes heart prpblems... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Professional care: Pay attention to your health. Eat well, stay in shape (exercise), and take recommended supplements like a complete vitamin & mineral supplement. For t... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Not really known: The cause of gastroschisis is not known, but there are certain statistical associations such as younger maternal age, alcohol consumption or smoking d... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Not likely: Cjd is caused by prions which are microscopic particles similar to viruses but lacking nucleic acid material like dna or rna. They come from cows and ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
SSRIs: Ssris like sertraline, fluoxetine, and citalopram are preferred, but only in more severe cases such as when the attacks prevent normal activities like... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Yes: Each parent has two rh genes. It only takes one positive gene to make a person rh positive, so each parent can have a positive and a negative rh gene.... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Possibly: …but not necessarily. Genetics can be quite hit or miss in any individual progeny.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Also: Resistance has developed to several of the treatments that contain pediculocides like pyrethrins, permethrin, & lindane. Resistance varies in differen... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Very unlikely: Fetal ultrasound (if competently done) is very good at picking up (and excluding) gastroschisis.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Yes: Passage of the attenuated flu virus in FluMist is quite unusual and not only not harmful if it does occur, but may be beneficial.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
A little complex: Classic turner syndrome is a female who is missing 1 of the 2 x chromosomes, designated as 46x. A normal female has 2 x chromosomes (46xx). Most turne... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
One caution: In your question you mention "magnets". One magnet should not be a problem, but more than one can be by sticking together in different loops of bowel ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
More information: The whole autism-immunization connection turned out to be a hoax of disastrous proportions. Immunizations are without question one of the top five adv... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Several: There are several risk factors that doctors of neonates look for: a fever in the mother during labor, other signs of infection of the amniotic fluid, ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Sometimes: It can be dangerous in young children, especially infants, and in some older children and adults with a rare genetic defect. A recent warning on using... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Depends.: There are many reasons for referral to a pediatric cardiologist, so it would be necessary to know why he was referred in order to answer your question... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Yes.: But there are many other signs of turner syndrome and a low hairline alone is not enough to cause concern. See www.Genome.Gov for a more complete list... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Website: Go to www.Genome.Gov and on the right side scroll down to "genetic disorders faq" and click on it for a pretty complete reference site. In the list on... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Generally: You would first need to get a degree in nursing (bsn) and become a registered nurse (rn) by qualifying through the state board. Next you need undergo ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Should be.: It may not be completely free (minimal administration fee) and you may need to meet certain qualifications such as being uninsured or underinsured. Go... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Galbraith
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Pediatric (usually): In general, there are enough differences betwwen adolescent and adult hearts that a pediatric cardiologist is the best way to go. Most adult cardiolog... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Galbraith is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Galbraith is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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My kids hate eating. Its torture. But thanks. (complex medical needs) Trying to get a target to work down to from 3+ hours per meal if it involves a bvg & food. Thats all. Have 6yr olds but was trying...Read More
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Trachs & poor muscle tone ruin meals here. Thanks.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1973MD

Residency

UCLA Hospital and Clinics

Awards

Founding Rx Editor, First Place, National - Winter
2015
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