Please take a moment to read our most commonly asked questions. We’re always available to answer your questions and encourage you to contact our office if you have a question that we have not answered below.
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. 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.
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.
Your child should not only see the pediatrician for an illness, but for checkups as well. It is important to schedule well-child care exams regularly, beginning in infancy. These routine examinations provide the best opportunity for the doctor to observe the progress of your child’s 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-child care visits are strongly recommended as part of preventive pediatric care.
Well-child care visits are also a good time for parents to ask questions and raise concerns about a child’s development, behavior, nutrition, safety or 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
- 30 months
- 3 years
- And once a year every year thereafter for an annual health supervision visit, which includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment.
You can schedule an appointment by calling our office during regular business hours, or by requesting an appointment online.
Vaccinations 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 vaccinations 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 you’re apprehensive about vaccinations, please do not hesitate to contact our office or visit our page on vaccinations.