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Dr. Gershon is a board certified pediatrician who received his degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas city in 2001. He completed his pediatric residency at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky in 2004 and joined our practice later that same year. Dr. Gershon chose pediatric medicine because working with kids and their parents gives him rewarding challenges that can’t be found in other fields of medicine. Dr. Gershon enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.
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Lauren graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2006. After graduation, she joined the University of Kansas Hospital where she worked on the pediatric medical-surgical unit for five years. Lauren completed her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree in 2012 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Lauren joined our practice in late 2012 after she and her husband welcomed their first child. Lauren enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
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Dr. Veenstra graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1978. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of Iowa in 1981 and joined the staff of Lee’s Summit Physicians Group immediately after. Dr. Veenstra was a long time volunteer at Turner House Children’s Clinic in Kansas City, Kansas and continues to serve on its Board. Dr. Veenstra enjoys reading, gardening and traveling with her husband.
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Even though your family might still be on summer vacation, it’s time to start thinking about the back-to-school season. You can help your child get ready to go back to school by scheduling a physical with your Lee’s Summit pediatrician. An annual physical from your child’s pediatrician will measure how she is growing and developing, and a pediatrician can spot anything that might hinder your child’s performance in school, such as poor eyesight. As a parent, you can physically, mentally, and emotionally prepare your child for school so that the transition out of summer is a smooth one. Explore this infographic from Lee’s Summit pediatricians to find out how you can assist your child before school starts again. Please share with your friends and fellow parents!
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Your baby’s first bowel movement is referred to as meconium. The first bowel movement is somewhat of a misnomer, as it begins on the day that your baby is born and lasts for a few days. The meconium is a substance that was present in your baby’s intestines prior to his or her birth. You can expect it to appear a little unusual. Although meconium is usually black or dark green prior to being passed, it turns yellowish-greenish after having been passed.
Even after the meconium is passed, your baby’s stools may still appear a little unusual if compared to those of an adult. Babies who are breastfed pass stools with a color similar to mustard. They contain small, seed-like fragments. Formula-fed babies pass stools that are yellowish or tan. Formula-fed infants tend to pass slightly firmer stools than breast-fed children; however, they will still have a soft consistency. If your child’s stools appear abnormal, such as very dry, call your pediatrician promptly.
Lee’s Summit Physicians Group provides expert newborn care in addition to pediatric services for older children. If you have a question for our pediatricians, visit us online or contact Raintree Pediatrics by calling (816) 525-4700, our Lee’s Summit clinic by calling (816) 524-5600, or Blue Springs Pediatrics by calling (816) 554-6520.