Frequently Asked Questions
Please take a moment to read our most commonly asked
questions. Were always available to answer your questions and encourage
you to contact our office if you have a question that is not answered
What is a Pediatrician?
- A pediatrician is a medical doctor who
specializes in the care of children. Pediatricians have undergone special
training in the health and illnesses of infants, teens and young adults, and
the majority of pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics
after passing a comprehensive exam. Pediatricians provide preventive health
care for children in good health and medical care for children who are acutely
or chronically ill. They also provide parents with support and advice with
issues such as growth and development, safety and prevention, nutrition, and
emotional wellness to foster a lifetime of good health.
Can I meet my pediatrician before my baby is born?
- Yes, in fact, we strongly encourage parents-to-be
to visit our office for a prenatal appointment. This is a great way to get
acquainted with our office and our doctors. During this visit, we will answer
any questions that you have about our practice or your new child.
How often should my child see the pediatrician?
- Your child should not only see the pediatrician
for an illness. It is also important to schedule well-child-care exams
regularly, beginning in infancy. Also called well-care visits or checkups,
these routine examinations provide the best opportunity for the doctor to
observe the progress of your childs physical and mental growth and
development; to counsel and teach parents; to detect problems through screening
tests; to provide immunizations, and to get to know one another. Well-care
visits are strongly recommended as part of preventive pediatric care.
Well-child visits are also a good time for parents to raise questions and
concerns about a childs development, behavior, nutrition, safety and
overall well-being. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this schedule
for routine well-care visits:
- 3 to 5 days
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- 3 years
- 4 years
- And once every year thereafter for an annual health supervision visit that
includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, and learning
What is the best way to schedule an appointment with your office?
- You can schedule an appointment by calling our
office during regular business hours.
Is your office accepting new patients?
- Yes, we always welcome new patients. Contact our
office for additional information or request an appointment.
Why does my child need to receive immunizations (also called
- Immunizations are a series of shots given to
children at different ages to help ward off serious, and potentially fatal,
childhood diseases. Making sure your child receives immunizations when
scheduled is the best way to help protect your child from potentially fatal
diseases. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, vaccinations have
reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than
90%. If youre apprehensive about vaccinations, please do not hesitate to
contact our office.