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Feverphobia -or- Is Alternating Fever Medicines Appropriate?

But, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) [Sullivan, JE et al. Fever and Antipyretic Use in Children. Pediatrics: 2011;127;580-587] attempts to allay those fears by reminding parents that a fever is usually just the body’s natural response against illness, and that lowering a fever may actually prolong an illness. Continue reading

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Understanding Your High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)

Having a deductible simply means that each year you are responsible for paying all the
cost of your medical bills up to a certain point. So, for example, if you have a $2,500
deductible for yourself, your health insurance pays nothing to your doctor or the hospital
or the laboratory until you yourself have paid the first $2,500 of medical bills for that
year. There is sometimes a family plan, so that if your family pays a total of $5,000,
say, then that counts as your deductible, and the insurance kicks in with your very first
bill, since the family has already been hit with high bills.
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Pushing the Babies Out of the Nest

Adolescents used to be the orphans of the medical care system – too old for pediatrics, but too young for internal medicine. This is no longer true. We love adolescents and welcome them to our practice. This document explains our … Continue reading

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Our Financial Policies

We frequently get questions about the health insurance maze. We have composed an informational document that tries to keep things simple and understandable. If you have any questions, please call our business office (225-925-2000) and we’ll try to help you. … Continue reading

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AAP updates car seat recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released its new child safety seat recommendations in a policy statement. The new policy advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they reach the maximum height … Continue reading

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Avoiding after-hours clinics

Our office hours are 8:30 to 5:00 Monday through Friday. At ALL other times, Dr. Coogan is available at 225-925-2000 or 225-214-5895 and wants his patients and parents to call him with questions BEFORE heading to any urgent care clinic. … Continue reading

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Up-to-date Immunization Information

Please go to this site to check out the CDC’s Childhood Immunization booklet. It’s a great parent’s reference. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/parents-guide/default.htm

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Who am I?

EDUCATION I earned my MD degree from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1973. I served a pediatric residency in the LSU Division of Charity Hospital in New Orleans. I am certified by the American Board of Pediatrics … Continue reading

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