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Dr. Donna Wilkins

Neonatology
Milton, KY
47 years experience

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Donna has been the Director of the NICU at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for 32 years. She has cared for many critically ill newborns. She has also written a book "Where is Chloe?" for siblings who have lost a newborn sibling after birth to help them understand the death of their sibling.

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Neonatology

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English

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Blood transfusion: The hospital may give the baby o neg blood or blood that is the same type of the infant.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
PFO: A patent foramen ovale is a common echocardiograph finding in a newborn in the first days of life. It is usually not associated with other cardiac de... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Not recomended: I'm not sure if you mean that you are reconsitituing similac powder with glucose water or adding it to the can of concentrate but just water should be... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Anencephaly: Anencephaly is one of a group of malformations of the central nervous system collectively called neural tube defects. Anencephaly is readily apparent ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Full term baby: Sometimes full term babies have significant jaundice requiring phototherapy in the hospital after the mother goes home. The full term baby may have o... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Differential diag.: A differential diagnosis is compiling all of the signs and symtoms of a disease that the patient presents with and arriving at the possibilites of wha... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
It depends: Fetuses are usually breech when they are in the 20 weeks gestation. Some remain that way and some will flip very late in the pregnancy. If you have ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Preemie intubation: Preemies are intubated with an endotracheal tube whose size is based on the baby's body weight. They are awake and sometimes receive some sedation wh... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Jaundice: About 75% of newborns become clinically jaundiced. This is called "physiologic jaundice" and is due to high hematocrit levels in an newborn. There i... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Gestational diabetes: If a mother has gestational diabetes this can usually be well controlled with diet or diet and insulin. It is important for the mother to monitor her... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Resuscitation: If it is know that the infant is going to have a lethal birth defect often prenatal counseling is done with the parents to determine if they want agre... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
PKU: Phenylketonuria (pku) is inherited, which means it is passed down through families. Both parents must pass on the defective gene in order for a baby t... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Syndactyly: Syndactyly, a common congenital hand anomaly, is an abnormal connection of fingers or toes to one another—the digits are "webbed, " and have failed to... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Newborns resp. rate: Newborns can breathe fast > 60 breaths/min. Because of ttn (transient tachpnea) or delayed clearance of lung fluid, pneumonia, meconium aspiration, re... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Prenatal care: Prenatal care is important whether you choose to deliver in a hospital or at home. Hypertension and blood sugar issues can be diagnosed with prenatal... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
TORCH tests: Torch is the acronym for toxoplasmosis, rubella, CMV (cytomegalovirus) and herpes. To determine if your baby has one of these virus infections blood ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
BPD or CLD: The classic diagnosis of bpd may be assigned at 28 days of life if the following criteria are met. Positive pressure ventilation during the first 2... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Transient tachypnea: Transient tachypnea is -- transient --meaning it doesn't last very long and tachypnea is elevated respiratory rate in a newborn. Normal resp. Rate in ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donna Wilkins
Neonatology 47 years experience
Drug screening: A urine specimen can be collected on the baby and sent for a drug screen just like it is done on the mother. Also, the first stool of the baby (mecon... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wilkins is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wilkins is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Indiana University
Graduated 1975MD
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