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Dr. Sara Gonzalez

Pediatrics
New Bedford, MA
14 years experience female

Locations

Saint Luke's Hospital

New Bedford, MA

Address

New Bedford, MA
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Bio

I am a pediatric hospitalist and completed a fellowship in global pediatric healthcare delivery. During the fellowship I spent 12 months working with Partners in Health, an NGO, in St Marc, Haiti. My areas of interest include quality improvement and neonatal resuscitation/care in low-resource settings.

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Pediatrics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

75 Answers
61 Agrees
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A female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Maybe: If someone swallows anything sharp, such as pencil "lead", there is a chance of perforating the esophagus or creating an injury that can get infected.... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Call poison control: I would recommend going to the emergency room or calling poison control to know whether your child needs any treatment for drinking the washing liquid... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Yes: Diphtheria is highly contagious and possibly deadly disease. You and anyone else exposed to your sick daughter need a course of antibiotics such as Er... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Yes. : Sure. Lesbians can bear children the same as non-lesbian women.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Giardia?: If you have had more than 14 days of diarrhea, cramping, or other GI distress, you may have giardia - an illness that can be detected and treated by y... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Different diseases : Yes, they are different diseases. Having one will not create immunity to the other.
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Yes: Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, it is perfectly safe to continue having intercourse when pregnant.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Not necessarily: The different cow's milk based formulas are all very similar in composition. It would be very unusual for one brand to cause problems when another did... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Septo-opticDysplasia: De morsier syndrome is also known as septo-optic dysplasia, an underdevelopment of the optic nerve and absence of a midline part of the brain. It can ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Body odor : Adolescents should start using deodorant when they begin having body odor. Usually this will be within a short time of beginning to develop "adult hai... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Abnormal: Keeping hands closed in fists may be an indication of a problem with the nerves or muscles. This is something that you should consult a pediatrician a... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
When he wants more!: Pay attention to your baby's cues - there is no magic age cutoff for advancing feedings. Rather, you will notice when your baby wants to eat more freq... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
New data: We have the advantage of living in a modern age of information; we now know that babies do just as well - in fact, better - if feeding of solid foods ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Maybe abnormal : This may be normal or it could be a sign your baby is working too hard to eat. See your pediatrician to review your baby's growth and overall health. ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Lower dose: Children's Claritin is just half the dose of the adult variety. It may be easier (and less expensive!) to just break the adult tablet in half. If it e... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
No: Many 13 year olds wish that one body part or another looked differently than it does. Society sets unreal expectations of how women's bodies should lo... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Fever: It sounds like your child has a fever. You can try giving her a dose of children's tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin to help, but look out for other p... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Yes: This is a normal reflex, called the gastro-colic reflex.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Nasal saline: Cold medicines are not recommended for kids under six. Fortunately, you can use nasal saline to help with congestion and cough from mucus. Spray or pu... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Choice: Your choice will be respected. You will usually be provided some formula at the hospital but will be obliged to buy it after that. Formula is expensiv... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Yes: This may be a yeast rash. See your doctor if lotrimin (clotrimazole) is not helping. You can also try to keep the area clean and dry. If possible, let... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Bedbugs?: Difficult to say without seeing the bites, but bed bug bites can appear after sleeping. If you are concerned, see your doctor to get their opinion.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Both: This is not an either/or dilemma. Both local community health and global health are vitally important to improve. It would be wrong to ignore one at t... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
No: This type of wound is not at high risk for tetanus. She should continue to receive all routinely recommended vaccines as scheduled.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Unnecessary: A baby does not need lemon or any other juices. To answer your question I do not know of any effect that lemon juice has on the stomach of babies.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Metabolic syndrome : You may have metabolic syndrome. See your doctor to see whether this or other conditions account for the symptoms you describe.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Yes: As long as he can chew it properly, you can give your child pineapple at this age.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Counseling: This sounds like something that a skillful counselor or psychologist can help you work through. You don't mention specifically what is making you feel... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
You: You can substitute apple sauce for part or all of the oil in a baking recipe such as boxed cake mix.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
OTC vs prescription: Over the counter medications such as Miconazole generally have excellent effectiveness when used as directed. Oral Fluconazole is another option, but ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
No: It should not affect your baby, no.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Yes: It is normal to get a "booster" tetanus shot every 5-10 years. This helps maintain your immunity. Some tetanus vaccines also have pertussis vaccine, a... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
It depends. : Testing may be 100% covered by insurance or may be something you need to pay for. Some basic pen-and-paper tests can be done by a non-specialist like ... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
No: A cobb angle of 5 degrees indicates very minor curvature of the spine. This can be followed up by x-ray but given her age it is very unlikely to progr... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Higher risk: Children of parents with psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder have a higher risk of having a psychiatric condition themselves, but it is no... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Pinworms, hemorrhoid: Nighttime anal itching can be a sign of pinworms. See your doctor for help with diagnosis and treatment. Minor bleeding like you described may be from... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Not necessarily : Pale stools may point to a liver problem or can be a normal variant. Consult your pediatrician, who can assess your son's overall health and can help ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
See your doctor: Congratulations on deciding to stop taking the medications you have described. Both can be helpful short-term but many people find they become physica... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Probably normal: If your baby's poop is hard, that may be the cause of her crying. If so, giving 1-2 oz fruit juice, such as prune juice or apple juice, once a day can... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Online resources: This is a manageable condition with the right support. Websites such as g6pddeficiency.Org can provide lists of foods/medications to avoid, as well as... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
It's possible: Many women experience diarrhea when they get their periods. It's due to the hormonal and chemical changes that go on in the body during that time. Se... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
No: Just as straight parents can raise gay children, gay parents can raise straight children.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
No: There is no evidence that children of gay or lesbian parents have any higher or lower chance of being gay.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
No test: These is no test available to test for homosexuality. May i recommend talking with him instead? Reassure him that as your son you will always love him... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Don't: Don't be afraid to discuss end-of-life wishes with your loved one.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
No: Programs to "convert" or "cure" homosexuality have widely been discredited. The largest organization in the us that performed these "conversions" rece... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Why not?: At his age, not taking medication is not an option. That said, he may have a valid reason for not wanting to take the medication. Does it taste bad? M... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Small changes add up: While vegetables and exercise are important, you can begin with small changes. Drinks provide "hidden" calories - by cutting out juice, soda, or other... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
4 ounces or less: You can give your daughter 4 ounces or less per day of any juice, including orange juice, but it would be more beneficial to give her the actual fruit... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Today!: Walking post-operatively is healthy and can actually encourage healing, as long as your doctor has not specifically advised you not to walk. Check wit... Read More

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Jun 20, 2013
Great responses. Precise.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Gonzalez is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gonzalez is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you very much! I really appreciate you getting back to me.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, CA
Graduated 2008MD

Residency

GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Top Pediatrician, First Place, Massachusetts - Summer
2013
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