Dr. Shontae Buffington

Pediatrics
Brunswick, GA
19 years experience female

Locations

Office

Brunswick, GA

Address

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

My office hours

Thursday: 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
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Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: Georgia

Doctor Q&A

241 Answers
232 Agrees
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Home or Professional: Cleanse, tone, and exfoliate. If all else fails see an esthetician who will properly extract the black head.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Yes: It certainly can self-resolve especially if the trigger was cold air, activity or stress.
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A female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Yes, it is: If you have had an allergic reaction it is normal have those bumps. Its as if your taste buds went a little haywire. Give it a week or two to resolv... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Depends: It depends on the reason why your child needs help in school and what state you live in. Each state has its own requirements for qualification. Iep a... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Quickly: Because children are in close contact with each other during play and other activities lice can spread pretty quickly through a classroom or school. ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Could be nothing...: Keep a close eye on him the next few days as a fever or illness can creep up on you quickly. If nothing occurs just take it as an off day. Like adul... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Depends: Breastfeeding mother statistically lose more weight than those who do not breastfeed. How much weight you should lose is largely dependent of your pr... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Contact with Strep!: It's generally spread by saliva and causes fever, rash (typically sandpaper like), headache, vomiting and sore throat. It's caused by the strep thr... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Depends: If you are a girl the process is as follows: breast buds-->pubic hair-->growth spurt--> then menses. If you are a boy the process is not as straight ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
6 months: Gross motor development is from head to toe. So babies learn to hold their heads up, get their chest up off the table, crawl, pull up and walk in t... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Depends: It really depends on how bad the rash is and what's causing the rash. I would recommend allowing as much air as physically possible to the area unles... Read More
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A 65-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Very serious: Dry socket is a painful serious complication after a tooth is extracted. It is not common--only about 5-7% of all extractions.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Needs evaluation: This could be a bad pulled muscle or sprain but given the location and the failure of relief with over the counter and home remedies such as heat and ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Too Long!: You poor dear! 3 weeks is a painfully long period and 1-2 weeks is also very long. Talk to you doctor about depo-provera or a higher estrogen compone... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Possible UTI: Get a urine test as you may be having a urinary tract infection or cystitis. Until you can get to your provider, try Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Interesting: I'm assuming that you are a female by your log on name. Given the morning nausea, i would definitely rule out pregnancy even if you "got a period" an... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Try natural methods : Try natural methods first such as a glass of water, juice, or a naturally hydrated fruit such as pears, prunes, etc. If this fails you should consult ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Personal choice: This is a personal decision. Besides, no one will know except you and your significant other.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Rash: Fever, rash (typically sandpaper like), headache, vomiting and sore throat. It's caused by group a strep or the strep throat bug. Sometimes people ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of antibiotic used. Many antibiotics are compatible with breastfeeding but many are not. Consult the prescribing provider or ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Typically not: Usually fever is considered 100.5 or greater.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Leave them alone: The best thing to do is to leave them alone. Try to get rid of the offending agent, heat, over bundling; consider an office visit if baby's skin does ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Normal: Many people brown or gray spots on the white part of the eye called the sclera. It is pretty common. This is scleral melanocytosis. It is not harmful... Read More
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A 93-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Think Allergies: Persistent post nasal dripping could be uncontrolled allergies. Consider trying a over the counter oral antihistamine such as claritin, allegra, or z... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Absolutely: Continue to take your eltroxin (levothyroxine). The medication will be secreted into your breast milk and may be sufficient enough to disguise hypot... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
More likely Eczema..: This is a very common place for eczema. I would advise applying a topical over the counter emollient such as aquaphor. If intense cracking or itchin... Read More
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Sometimes: Yes, sometimes this can happen. Each woman reacts differently to oral contraceptives.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Frequent Feedings.: Increase the frequency and duration of your baby's feedings. Also, if you can, avoid lying on your breast or sleeping on your stomach as this restric... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Depends: Common conditions--coughs, colds, and minor ailments can be properly treated at home with supportive care. Many medicines--even those sold over the c... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Yes!: Children and adults with adhd often have normal iqs but they lack the ability to focus on and carry through tasks, especially those that do not intere... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
See the pediatrician: Sustained high fevers with lethargy needs evaluation. See your pediatrician as soon as possible.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Return to doctor: Most ear infections improve with antibiotics within 2-4 days. There may be a secondary infection. Have her re-evaluated as soon as possible.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Depends: If you are a girl the process is as follows: breast buds-->pubic hair-->growth spurt--> then menses. If you are a boy the process is not as straight ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Varies: A head to toe exam will likely be performed. Questions about home, school, friends, dating, etc should be asked to get a good picture of what her lif... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Naps are important!: Your little one is much more aware of her surrounding making it much more difficult to settle down for a nap. Try a consistent nap routine and limit o... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Wait: Give your skin a little more time to recover or you may get more redness and drying.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Labor: You are towards the end of your pregnancy. This could be early signs of labor. This pregnancy may be unique to your other 4 pregnancies.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Wait a While: Children are potty trained at different ages. Your son is just not ready. The average us male is potty trained by 3.5 yrs old. Encourage him, but don... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Malabsorption: You have ingested a substance that your body is having difficulty of absorbing or breaking down; lots of gas is formed in a short period of time makin... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
See your doctor: A child with alopecia should be examined by a professional to determine the cause of hair loss, evaluate the scalp, and examine other sites such as th... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 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
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Talk to Doctor: Many antifungal medications and steroids are safe to take during pregnancy. To be absolutely sure you should consult your doctor who can cross referen... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Seborrhea or...: This could be a condition called seborrhea dermatitis or dandruff, ezcema, or simply dry flaky wax or cerumen; to be certain--you need to have profess... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
This sounds serious: You should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible especially with the stiff neck and vomiting; reflux might cause a "sour stomach" but certainly... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Sometimes: Depending on what birth control you which to/from you may or may not experience side effects such as acne; the mix of hormones in "the pill" can vary ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Be certain...: Unless your child has a documented allergy at 9 months old be certain that what you are treating is allergies and not a cold or other serious symptoms... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Wait a moment..: Before you go putting peroxide in that ear you should make sure that you don't have an ear infection or worst yet a rupture of your ear drum; have you... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
See your doctor: You should at least give your doctor a call; this could all be part of the pregnancy or a sign that something is wrong.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Slow and Steady: Weight loss can be a challenge but on the positive side with you are close to a targeted normal weight.Your bmi is close to nl; 10 kg weight loss may ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Possible irritation: Sometimes drool, food remnants, irritation from pacifiers/fingers/toys, or even wipes, creams or lotions near the mouth can irritate the sensitive del... Read More
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Testimonials
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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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