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Dr. Laura McMullen

Pediatrics
Butler, PA
21 years experience female

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Pediatrics

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Fevers : Fevers for the most part aren't dangerous and are just the body's natural reaction to fighting off an infection. Most of these infections are viral and may be accompanied by runny nose, sore throat, congestion, mild rash, or nothing at all. Since fevers aren't dangerous, we usually treat the fever with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen just to make the child more comfortable as their body fights the illness. "red flags" that we look for with fever to indicate something more serious is going on are: -fevers that last 5 days or more -fevers persistently above 104f orally -a child that acts very sick - very irritable or difficult to wake -difficulty breathing -vomiting, diarrhea, refusal to drink, or dehydration -a purple rash, esp on the legs -stiff neck -any complaints of pain such as the ear, throat, stomach or a joint as always, use your judgement. If you think that your child is ill, err on the side of caution and call your child's doctor. Good luck!
A member asked:
Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
20-30% : 20-30% of women will have some vaginal bleeding in the first trimester of pregnancy. First trimester bleeding can have many causes such as: threatened miscarriage - bleeding, but the fetus is still alive inside miscarriage - lost pregnancy ectopic pregnancy - a pregnancy which implants in the fallopian tube molar pregnancy - abnormal tissue developing instead of a fetus post-coital bleeding - bleeding after sex from a sensitive cervix trauma or infection unrelated to pregnancy - small cuts or tears in the vagina or an infection such as pelvic inflammatory disease since some of these can be dangerous and since vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is always considered abnormal, you should call your ob/gyne doctor for any bleeding. They will be able to check you and treat you appropriately. Good luck!
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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Prolonged : Prolonged vaginal bleeding not related to your period is called dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Depending on your age, there are a variety of things that could be causing it such as a hormone imbalance, annovulation, pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine fibroids, trauma, menopause, inherited bleeding disorders, and rarely, cancer. You should contact your doctor for an evaluation. It's important that the cause of your bleeding be found in order to give you the proper treatment to stop it. Good luck!

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Dec 21, 2012
Excellent responses to complex issues. Has an excellent command of language necessary to convey complex information to non-physicians.
Mar 26, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Oct 29, 2013
Outstanding, caring, thorough, very knowledgeable contributor!
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! What should the young lady's next step be once she see's sitting in her ob/gyn's office. What direction should she be heading?
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Graduated 2004MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Rochester
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
Children's Community Care Pediatrics
Next Generation Pediatrics
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