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Dr. Shontae Buffington

Pediatrics
Brunswick, GA
18 years experience female

Locations

Office

Brunswick, GA

Address

Southeast Georgia Health System, 3300 Fourth Street, Brunswick, GA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(912) 466-5883

Insurances accepted

Aetna

AmeriChoice

Cigna

UnitedHealthcare

Aetna Life Insurance Company

AmeriChoice Health Services, Inc

Amerigroup

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

CIGNA Health Care

Humana Insurance Company

UnitedHealthOne

WellCare Health Plans

Medicaid

Medicare

About

Bio

From the first smile to the excitement of adulthood, I am honored to take part in the lives of growing children from all walks of life. My philosophy of care is guided by my belief that each child is unique.

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: Georgia

Doctor Q&A

241 Answers
232 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Learn: Learn to say, "no". Only schedule what you can reasonably complete.
A member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Have an exam..: You should have a gyn exam to make sure you don't have a "silent" std. Sometimes chlamydia can do this. I don't think this is related to the breast... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Probably not: He is thin for his height and age. He's in the bottom quartile for weight as per the cdc standardized growth chart. Genetics does however play a role... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Not typical: Stomach flu typically does not cause sensory problems though act of vomiting can cause flushing. If the sensation continues, see your pediatrician fo... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Could be the diaper: Diapers and snugly fit clothing can often make a "mark". If it does not go away with loose garmenting or if there are other symptoms call your pediatr... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Same as for adults: Typically the workup for ibs in a teenager is the same as for adults with a few exceptions. Your doctor may check for other intestinal disorders that... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Natural soaps: Try natural soaps such as dr. Bonner's castile soap--unscented or scented; also you can try to limit the length, duration, and type of baths. Shorter... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Change his/her diet: Constipation often happens with toddlers. They are generally picky eaters. Increase water, fruits, veggies, fruit juices, and fiber. Have a daily poop... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Growth spurt..: 2 month old infants often go through growth spurts; the caloric content of nutramigen is the same as regular enfamil. He likely just needs more volum... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
May not be scabies: You had quite a bit of permethrin. Its hard to imagine that this is still stabies hanging around. F you scratched a lot this could be a secondary in... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
About 100lbs: The average 14 year old girl from cdc data is between 95-110 lbs. What really matters is your bmi--body mass index.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Depends: According to the natl network for immunization--"previously immunized people still must receive two additional doses of the vaccine if exposed to the ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Normal: Breastfed babies can go 5-6 days without pooping. Formula fed babies 1-2 days. Breastmilk poop can be green, yellow, brown or tan; watch for blood in ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
No!: I wouldn't recommend a chemical peel for a child. Children have much more delicate and sometimes supersensitive skin. Also the "chemicals" in these ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Ignore: To prevent middle ear infection in infants, do not prop bottles during feeding.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Normal!!: Rest assured this is normal male teen development. To a parent, this may seem odd but keep in mind that this is a period of rapid growth--not excludi... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Normal: While breastfeeding you can menstruate, spot or be completely period free. If you experience abnormal heavy bleeding or prolonged, painful bleeding y... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Move, Move, Move: People often complain of stiffness in the arm they received a tetanus shot in--whatever you do keep moving the arm around; if the body aches worsen ca... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Sort of...: Teens are at very high risk for sexually transmitted disease, pregnancy, and generalized heartbreak that it may take years to recover from. Also tee... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Home care ok: A barky cough sometimes indicates croup, a viral infection of the epiglottis that causes a distinctive seal cough. Croup is mostly harmless unless yo... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Multiple treatments: Try over the counter topical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. If this fails you will need a doctor to prescribe a topical pres... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Depends: Usually medications in the stimulant family are prescribed as a first line treatment. Those include Vyvanse, (lisdexamfetamine) Adderall, Ritalin, Co... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Supportive care: Rest, fluids, and OTC medications like motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) for aches and pains. The typical cold last 7-10 days; post vaccine symptoms ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Monitor: Monitor his urine since there are no other symptoms and increase his daily water intake. What we eat and drink and change the smell and color of our ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Varies: Your first gynecologist visit can be very informative. Be honest during your visit. An internal exam of your genitals will help determine if you need... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Possibly: I'm sure it can. Depends on the type if malabsorption you are referring to. If you believe you have a malabsorption you should talk to your doctor.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Normal : After 1 yr whole milk is suggested for its fat content and minor nutritional benefits--vitamin d, calcium. Try adding some cheeses, yogurts and other ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
No: Not necessarily. Abdominal fat develops overtime and generally due to excessive intake or calories and lack of exercise.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
See the doc: If you have tried over the counter treatments and failed its time to step it up to something prescription strength. Most pediatricians and family docs... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
None: Nothing is quick. In most cases, good skin comes from consistently taking good care of your skin and body (good nutrition).
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Nothing...: If I'm understanding correctly you want a baby that is fair skinned. Skin color is genetic so depending on what the parents skin tone is the child co... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Yes: Also add a light topical moisturizer so the area does not crack or dry out
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
At Risk for?: It depends on what you are at risk for. For example if you are at risk for being obese you may need diet & exercise.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Check LATCH: It could be that your baby has an incorrect latch or his/her mouth is not open wide enough when feeding. See a lactation consultant or pediatrician t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Look for Changes...: Look for changes in behavior. Children hit their heads often; most do very well after an accident. Crying in this case is good unless it is prolonge... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Yes: Be careful with prolonged and frequent use of albuterol for RSV as it can cause increased heart rate and can cause rebound effect. If you are having ... Read More
A 69-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Hydration: Hydration, hydration, hydration. Make sure you are eating well and staying hydrated. Also if you are very active you may be deficient or low in esse... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Safety First: If you can tough it out less is more in this case. Home remedies like ginger, ginger snaps, and ginger tea work well. Also try an acupressure band f... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Unusal: Getting a rash with Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) is not a common side effect. You should have your doctor evaluate this rash
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Absolutely Not: Some syrups are 100% maple or other natural sap. These are sometimes hard to find. There are a few low calorie and no calorie or sugar free syrups. ... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Very Fun: Love this question. Choose age appropriate toys but a good way to choose toys is to choose one from each of the 4 categories: cognitive (book), fine ... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Multiple treatments: Try over the counter topical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. If this fails you will need a doctor to prescribe a topical pres... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Yes: Diagnosis of adhd can be suggestive with tools such as the vanderbilt screen and the connor's screening evaluation. It is a clinical diagnosis and he... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Yes and No: You are having withdrawal bleeding because of your missed pills. Most likely spotting and not heavy. This is not a real period. However, prolonged ... Read More
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Yes: Abdominal pain and cramping are common side effets. If these are persistent i would go to your doctor. Pelvic inflammatory disease also has the same... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
7-8 hour is OK.: Try not to count sleep hours. Generally i recommend 7-8 hours at night with 1-2 naps but honestly two-year-olds are the busiest unemployed people on ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Depends on Your Goal: If you plan on breastfeeding long term beyond 6-8 months, it may be advantageous to breastfeed first followed by the solids. In my personal and profe... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Yes: Yes, you can breastfeed while on hydrocodone. Because of the stress the surgery on your body you may not make as much milk you previously did. Eat w... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Possibly : Swaddling even when tight generally does not cause bruising. It may be the diapers (too tight or allergic reaction), clothing, or a normal newborn ras... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Call your doctor: Breastfed babies can go 5-6 days without pooping. Formula fed babies 1-2 days. A newborn not pooping needs evaluation after a few days. Try gentle rec... Read More

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Jul 31, 2014
Dr. Buffington is a phenomenal asset to HealthTap. Her recommendations are spot-on and her years of experience certainly shines through. Thanks for your contribution!
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Oct 11, 2014
Great doctor. Very smart. Help me understand what could be going on with my issues. She's awesome.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Buffington is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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My milk supply has been going down recently and I couldn't figure out why. Your answer to my question gave me my reason. Thanks
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you, I just wanted to double check as pead away til Thursday
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Thanks for your quick reply! Just wondering if there are any known side effects of lupron.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Howard University College of Medicine
Graduated 2004MD

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University
Graduated 1998MD

Medical/Graduate school

Howard University College of Medicine, DC
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

University of California Davis Medical Center

Awards

Research in Breastfeeding
Tennessee AAP's Young Physician of the Year - 2013
Top Pediatrician, First Place, Tennessee - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
Southeast georgia health system brunswick campus

Publications

Buffington, SR. Pediatric Grand Rounds: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Update on Treatment. University of California Davis Medical Center, ...
Buffington, SR. Environmental Factors Predicting Breastfeeding Success in Residency Training. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s 12th Annual Internat...
Buffington, SR. Nutritional Assessment of the Mother-Baby Dyad: Strategies for Assessing and Managing Common Breastfeeding Problems: Presented at: Fre...
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