Dr. April Hartman

Pediatrics
Columbus, GA
25 years experience female

About

Bio

Born and raised in California, I came to the south and fell in love with this area and the people who live here. I have lived in Georgia for the past 13 years. I don't have a lot of awards and publications, I'm just a simple pediatrician who loves what I do. I think I make a difference because I care.

Specialties
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Pediatrics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

60 Answers
8 Agrees
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Don't worry: Despite the fact that most babies will walk by a year old, we do not consider it abnormal unless she is not meeting her milestones. Does she crawl? Do... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Feeding: You want to give a well balanced diet with whole grain carbs, fruits and vegetables just like you eat. Since all the teeth are not in yet you do need ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Ignore: Most girls will start having a period 3 to 5 years after developing breasts.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Rabies: There are no vaccines given to prevent rabies, however, if you have been exposed to rabies by the bite of a rabid animal or one that is known to carry... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Melatonin: In children with sleep disorders the usual dose is 3 to 5mg at bedtime. Melatonin is a hormone and it us unknown how it might interact with other horm... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Changing bottles: Most bottle will start to look worn after going through the dishwasher for a few months but it is more important to change the nipples especially if t... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Childrens vitamins: Children's vitamins have been formulated to give the recommended doses for them. An adult has different needs. If you have a problem swallowing a pill... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Infections: You really cannot tell the difference because viral and bacterial infections can start out the same, fever, cough and congestion, etc. If your child l... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Feeding: Every time anyone eats before the stomach empties starts the digestive process over again and your stomach never gets a break. Your baby needs to go a... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Ignore: Sticky Fingers Wide eyed excitement Experience the joy Don't forget to laugh with your child!
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
ADHD: In 2011 11% of kids were diagnosed with adhd. We are not sure if its more common or just being recognized more. Nevada has the lowest incidence accord... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Severe ADHD: If the meds make no difference i would question the diagnosis. However there has been some success in doing diets high in protein and low in carbs. Th... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Booster Vaccines: If you have stayed up to date on your immunizations you shouldn't need anything except possibly a tdap(tetanus booster). If you have not had a hpv (pr... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Strattera (atomoxetine): Strattera (atomoxetine) is not used for weight loss. It treats adhd and one part of adhd is impulsiveness. Often people who are on adhd meds will lose... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Itchy scalp: Two things come to mind right off, head lice and ringworm. If the sores are round with raised edges and her hair is falling out it is probably ringwor... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Cough and congestion: Its kind of hard to answer the question without knowing the age of the child. A 2 month old might be having reflux, a 2 year old may have allergies. A... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
ADHD: For people with adhd medication can make a big difference but it is not indicated for everyone. If it has been suggested for you, ask yourself, what d... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
ADHD: I'm not sure how old you are but i believe in being straight forward and honest. So sit your parents down and tell them why you think you have adhd, h... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Board certification: Board certification in any specialty, including pediatrics, means the physician has completed a residency in that specialty (usually 3-5 years) and ha... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Spitting up: If he is gaining weight, growing, and having regular stools - no worry. Breastfed babies tend to overeat because they like the closeness, warmth and f... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Sleep: Develop a bedtime routine - bath, story or song, then bed at the same time every night in his own bed. His last nap of the day should end no later tha... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Bug bites: Unless you see the insect bite him you will not be able to tell. You can prevent them by using bug repellents if he is over 6 months old. Natural prod... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Ignore: Stand firm, be a parent. They have enough friends.
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Breast to bottle: His weight is 20th percentile and height is 25th percentile. This means he is a good weight for his height just small for his age. When starting the b... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
ADHD treatment: ADHD is usually treated with stimulants like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) or concerta. It depends on the age of the child and ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Fever: Fever is not always a bad thing.Most childhood illnesses are caused by viruses and they are killed by high temperatures so her body is doing the righ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
ADD: Sometimes your body can adjust to medications especially if you have been on them for a long time. Talk to your doctor about trying a different type o... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Recognition: At 1 week of age a baby will turn towards the sound of a mothers voice, at 1 month he will smile at a face that is smiling at him, at 4 months a baby ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
ADHD medications: If someone takes a stimulant (adderall, etc) who has not been diagnosed with adhd it gives a feeling of being invincible, hyper-attentive, on top of t... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Thrush: Some babies will get what we call thrush. This is a yeast infection of the mouth that can cause a thick white layer on the tongue that will not wipe o... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
ADD: There are usually questions and forms the doctor will have you fill out to see if you have add. There are other things that can mimick add so it is im... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Fever: Fever can be scary but it is actually one of your body's best defenses against disease. If she has a ear infection the pain and fever should resolve w... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
ADD: ADD/ADHD does tend to run in families but not always. If a parent has a mental illness it is more likely but not definite that a child may have one a... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
ADD, ADHD: Both have symptoms of inattention, inability to focus or stay on task, starting things but never finishing them, procrastination, inability to retain ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Distilled water: Pure distilled water is best. The minerals are filtered out and may clog your filter on the CPAP requiring you to change the filter more often or mayb... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Stopping medications: Talk to your mom and doctor about a trial off medications. If you ask them to give you one month to show that you can do well without the medications,... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Abuse: Its not easy to share something this personal. I would advise you to find someone you can trust. You may need to seek professional help if no one clos... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
ADHD: Adhd is a mental diagnosis but doesn't have to be a disability if properly treated. The goal is to use medication to enable the person to function nor... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Ignore: Music is processed differently than speech so teaching with music can work better than a lecture.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Weight: You should weigh about 175 to 190 in order to keep your bmi (basal metabolic index) between 21 to 24%. If you have a lot of muscle you may weigh more ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Feeding: Stage 1 baby foods are usually started between 4 and 6 months old. Table foods (yogurt) are typically started after 6 months old but can be ok sooner.... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Erythema Toxicum: There are several rashes that are common in the newborn period, this is one of them. It looks bad because it is a red splotch with a little white pust... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Weight loss: If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. If you eat less calories than you burn you lose weight. So eat less calories or burn more cal... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Concerta: Concerta is in the class of medications we call methylphenidates and is effective for the treatment of adhd. It is long acting (8-10 hours) and helps ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Ignore: Since starting the "back to sleep" campaign, the number of babies dying of SIDS has been cut in half.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
ADHD: Usually ADHD presents in grade school. The work gets harder and more focus and attention is needed so symptoms become more obvious. With the new aware... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Ignore: 7.3 million Americans are vegetarian and of those 1 million are vegans.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Stomach virus: When a child gets a stomach virus it can strip the normal bacteria from his gut and cause him to have problems digesting food until it gets back to no... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Ignore: Gentian violet is used to treat thrush but will turn everything it comes in contact with purple!
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Runny nose, cough: This time of year allergies are the most common culprit. Allergies can present as a clear runny nose that comes and goes, watery itchy eyes, wet sound... Read More
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Testimonials
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hartman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hartman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! My current situation! I think I would do a lot better in school, and getting a job. thank you
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you so much, it feels good knowing utsits ok to llet him cry!
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This saved my life. Thank You! Thank u so much! I'm outta baby food for now, looking for alternatives

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN
Graduated 1998MD

Residency

Medical College of Georgia
Completed 2001

Awards

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Affiliations

Columbus Regional Health
Mercer Medical College
American Academy of Pediatrics
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