NICU Turns 30

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! Dr. Richard Bell checks up on Sharon Brown and 5-day-old baby Teagan in the NICU. It’s hard to imagine a time when Solano County didn’t have its bustling Interstate 80, and even harder to envision how and how far critically ill babies were transported before NorthBay Medical Center opened…
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Baby Liam is Mom’s Sweet Success

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. Amber Barraclough, left, proudly show off son Liam to ABC Prenatal Program social worker Heidi Beck, and dietitian Melinda Scholten, four months after his birth. At 4 months old, Liam Barraclough glows with good health. The bright and happy baby is his mother’s reward…
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Too Pooped to Parent?

Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep Bruce Hewett, M.D., is anything but boring, yet he can help put your kids to sleep, if you give him a chance. That’s because the Vacaville pediatrician has made it his mission to help children—and frazzled parents alike—get a good night’s sleep. His advice is best shared via video….
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Porsha’s Blessing

Trauma Team Delivers Dramatic Rescue It should have been one of the happiest days of Porsha Jenkins’ life. The 27-year-old mother of two reported to NorthBay Medical Center for a Caesarean section, her third “birth by appointment.” And for once, all the planets seemed aligned, according to her husband, Elvin. There was little traffic on…
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Playground Fall Fractures Femur

It looked like an acrobatic stunt went awry. Kelan Metzler-Pell, 5, was running on the playground at his Walnut Grove pre-kindergarten when he took a tumble and landed doing the splits. “At first it appeared to be a simple fall,” says his mother, Valerie Metzler, of Rio Vista. “But his pain didn’t go away and…
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Concussion Sidelines Young Soccer Player

Forward McKenna Sacca, 11, was lunging for a soccer ball during an indoor match in Vacaville with her team, Hysteria, when she fell head-first into the Plexiglas wall surrounding the field. Although she didn’t lose consciousness, it was a stunning blow, so her coach pulled her out. By the end of the game, McKenna seemed…
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When to Take Your Baby to the Hospital

Babies cry, gurgle and cough as a regular part of their growth and development. Parents soon learn what is normal and when they need to consult their pediatrician. However, some conditions develop quickly and need immediate care. That’s when a trip to your local emergency department is advised. “Parents should always err on the side…
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Tips to Prevent Childhood Injuries

NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital receive more than 10,000 pediatric patients each year. Falls are the No. 1 cause of injury among children visiting the ED, according to emergency physician Seth Kaufman, M.D. That’s followed closely by motor vehicle accidents and bicycle/scooter accidents. By planning ahead, many of these and other childhood accidents…
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Diabetic Emergency

Busy, active children are naturally thirsty, but if you notice your child is consuming lots of liquids, making frequent trips to the bathroom and still complaining of thirst, take note, says Michael Ginsberg, M.D., pediatrician with NorthBay Center for Primary Care in Fairfield. If your child’s onset of increased thirst and frequent bathroom trips suddenly…
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ABC Lifts Mom in Need

By her own account, Alexandra O’Neal, 26, had everything going for her. A child of well-to-do parents, she was a student at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. But, one year ago, she had dropped out of college, was homeless, in jail, and estranged from her family. What could have led to such a…
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