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Dr. Melissa Gowans

Pediatrics
Salt Lake City, UT
22 years experience female

Locations

Utah Primary Care

West Valley City, UT

Address

4431 S Constitution Blvd, West Valley City, UT, US
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Medicaid

About

Bio

I have 10 years experience in pediatric critical care but decided to step back into primary care pediatrics in order to be able to spend more time with my teenaged son. I have 8 years of primary care pediatric/hospital experience. I have lived and practiced all over the country as well as extended training in the UK.

Specialties
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Pediatrics

Pediatric Critical Care

Licenses

United States: Maine, Utah

Doctor Q&A

785 Answers
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Need pediatrician: Without knowing more details, it is difficult to speculate as to what is going on. The best person to help sort this out is going to be your son's ped... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Allergies: What your daughter experienced is typical for an allergic reaction. We are never allergic to something the first time we are exposed to it. An allergy... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Premature Thelarche: Breast bud development before the age of 8 yrs is considered premature. If it is an isolated finding (no other secondary sexual characteristics) then ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Not so: It takes sperm from a male and an egg from a female to establish a pregnancy.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Not Recommended: Magne B6 is not recommended for breast feeding mothers. The magnesium is freely excreted in the breast milk which means it's possible for your child ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Sinusitis?: Sounds like you may have a sinus infection. Regardless sore throat and green mucus for 2 weeks deserves a trip to the doctor. I suspect you are going... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Not A Problem: As long as your child isn't allergic to the dog and you maintain a clean environment it's not going to be a problem. Making sure the puppy gets all of... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Why?: Why did your doctor tell you that you wouldn't get pregnant? Did you get a tubule ligation? If you didn't get any procedure to protect against future ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Weight gain: It is impossible to selectively lose or gain weight to regions of our bodies. The only way to add "weight to your face" is to add weight to the rest o... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Anatomic- Websters: The structure of an organism and its parts. For example, "anatomically correct doll" means that the doll has all features consistent with the gender (... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Foranswers/reference: Putting hands in the mouth is a common feature of children everywhere. Not necessarily related to any specific genetic disorder. Attached there is a l... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
How old is baby?: Only use hypoallergenic, fragrance free, sensitive skin items (laundry detergent, soap, lotions, or creams), avoid fabric softeners in the laundry. Ba... Read More
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A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
No: Nope. For the baby to be B+ one of the parents has to also have blood type B
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A member asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Accidental mixing: It's probably fine. If the ibuprofen bottle is almost full and you essentially diluted one dose of loratadine into it, it's not going to have much imp... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
At risk weight: His BMI (body mass index) is close to 27 - it's greater than the 95th percentile. {healthy is considered 25%-85%, at-risk is 85%-95% and obese > 95... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Ureaplasma: Ureaplasma infection is associated with premature births as well as spontaneous abortions.During birth the organism can also infect the newborn and ca... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Recommended: Tetanus boosters are recommended if you get a deep contaminated wound and it's been more than five years since your last booster. I realize that you o... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
You know better: Certainly your prescriber discussed the importance of avoiding alcohol while taking these medications. If not, then reading the material the pharmacy... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Uncommon: Well, that's uncommon. Possible explanations include: Residual hematoma from IV. The IV infiltrated while it was in place allowing for IVFs to leak ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Margin of error: When taking blood pressure it is important to remember that all cuff measurements will have potential for slight variability. 99/77 ; 100/71 really ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Teething: Your baby should be getting enough calcium from their milk. No need to supplement. Age at first tooth appearance is highly variable. If still no sign ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
AVMs: Given the known history of an irradiated AVM and now relatively new neurologic symptoms she needs a complete neurologic evaluation in a face to face s... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Sun protection: You can wear sun protective clothing - i.e. a rash guard (long sleeve swim shirt) to as one measure. Finding a sun screen SPF 30 or higher, hypoaller... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Daycare: For the illnesses that we typically immunize for at 2 months your baby really isn't at increased risk over just one week. "Herd immunity" - as long a... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Can't see photo: I'm sorry I can't find any photo. You can try the live consult with video to have a HealthTap doctor look at it and possibly prescribe something that ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Depends: Which version are you taking? If you are taking the chewable, then you chew it. If you are taking the extended-release tablets you swallow them whole... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Not likely: If you haven't missed any pills then the likelihood of pregnancy is incredibly small - less than 1%. Hope this helps.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Don't use: You have a very complex heart disease and should discuss things with the cardiologist who most familiar with your heart health and surgical history. ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Contact your OB: For a vaginal yeast infection in pregnancy a topical medication like Clotrimazole would be preferred. Was the prescribing physician your OB doctor? ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Gingivostomatitis: While it's possible she has a viral illness, the presence of "pus" deserves a face-to-face evaluation. With the presence of the canker sores, she may... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Infection vs sequela: The duration of treatment depends on the presentation. If it was caught early and appropriate antibiotics were started the studies have shown that the... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
CMV: While congenital CMV is a risk for your baby, the antiviral treatment for CMV is not safe to use while pregnant. It can have teratogenic and carcinoge... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Sneezing and cough: Temperature of 37.4 is normal, so no fever. You can help him by keeping his nose clear. Using saline nasal spray to keep the mucus thin and clear it ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Sleep paralysis: Circumstances that have been identified that are associated with an increased risk of sleep paralysis: insomnia and sleep deprivation, an erratic sle... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Croup: It's important to differentiate the heavy breathing: Is it fast but comfortable? Is it fast and looks labored? Is it fast and noisy? If it's noisy, is... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Is the dog rabid?: If the dog is not rabid then clearly the answer is no. If the dog has/had rabies then still probably no. If the dogs saliva did not getting into your... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Growth plates: Once we hit adulthood and our growth plates are fused - we can not gain any more height. At 21 yrs of age, your growth plates should be fused. Sorry,... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Undescended testes: There is a higher prevalence of infertility with men who had cryptorchidism in infancy. The prevalence is around 38% for men who had bilateral U.T. a... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Bruised shins?: Kids your daughter's age can be pretty "rough and tumble". Bruises especially along the shin bone are extremely common and most of the time kids I see... Read More
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A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Congested baby: Saline nose drops, use generously. Then use the bulb suction to assist in mucus removal. Do this before feeds and before bedtime. Cool mist humidifi... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Not necessarily: How old is your child? The illness is viral and just needs time to run it's own course - there is no medicine that is going to make it go away faster.... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
No chance: If she started her period that means there is no egg available for fertilization and implantation.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Yes: Yes, you should wake her and feed her. At this young age a baby should be fed every 1.5 -3 hours depending on whether you are breast or bottle feeding... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Growth plates: Once we hit adulthood and our growth plates are generally fused - we can not gain any more height. At 19+ yrs of age, your growth plates are likely f... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Fitness: Turn off the TV/computer/tablet…whatever and get them to go outside to play! Encourage activity. Provide them with a healthy, appropriately portion di... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Well….: You've been given a list of possible causes, but without more information, a physical exam and possibly laboratory studies it is impossible to sp... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Spider: As an arachnophobic I feel your concern, but rationally most spiders are harmless. In fact, most spiders don't "bite" at all. They spin websacs to lay... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
See your physician: There are many reasons that you could have skipped your period: stress, illness, hormonal imbalance. Home pregnancy tests are very sensitive, if you'v... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Vagal responses: Activation of the vagus nerve typically leads to a reduction in heart rate, blood pressure, or both. This occurs commonly in the setting of gastrointe... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Asthma: You are right your asthma is not well controlled. You need to see your doc. Discuss what other options are out there for preventative (duel meds, adju... Read More
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I would like to add my highest regards & recommendations to Dr. Gowans. She is a thoroughly knowledgeable specialist, has a caring personality (as evidenced by her answers to several questions of emo...Read More
Dr. Gowans communicates medical information with pin point precision while including comprehensive detail.
Sep 5, 2014
Impressively smart specialist in Pediatrics. I value and trust her answers. Highly recommend.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much Dr. Melissa ! I have a case of impetigo for the first time. And its so random so I decided to research about it and this really helped :)
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This made me feel good. Thanks! People always make me feel guilty for not letting my child watch tv all day or ipad away the day. This definitely confirmed my decision to keep at it
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much dr. Gowans! Much appreciated! I was paranoid and thought I was getting tetanus symptoms so you have given me much relief. Thank u!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

University of Nevada, Reno
Completed 2003

Awards

Best Case Presentation, Critical Illness and the Lung. SCCM
Top Pediatrician, First Place, North Carolina - Fall
2014
Top Doctor, Second Place, Greenville Region - Fall
2014

Affiliations

Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)
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