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 is not answered below.
Q: What is a Pediatrician?
A: 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, children and teenagers. Most pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics after passing a comprehensive exam. Dr. New Doctor's name has maintained his pediatric board certification since 1984.
Pediatricians provide preventive health care for all children and acute care for children who are ill or injured. 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 and happiness.
Q: Can I meet my pediatrician before my baby is born?
A: 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 staff. During this visit, we will answer any questions that you have about our practice or your new child. Visit Prenatal Consultation for more information. Learn more about our providers at About Us.
Q: What is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner?
A: Learn about the role of pediatric nurse practitioners, their training and contribution to pediatric practice, at About Us.
Q: How often should my child see the pediatrician?
A: Your child should not only see the pediatrician for an illness. It is also important to schedule well child exams regularly, beginning in infancy. Also called well-care visits or checkups, these appointments provide an opportunity to assess the progress of your child' growth and development; to counsel and teach; to detect problems through screening tests; to provide immunizations, and to get to know one another. Parents are given the time to discuss concerns about a child's 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
- 30 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 assessment.
Q: What is the best way to schedule an appointment with your office?
A: You can schedule an appointment by calling our office during regular business hours. Please visit Location for detailed directions.
Q: Is your office accepting new patients?
A: Yes, we always welcome new patients. Please visit New Patients to learn more. Contact our office for additional information or request an appointment.
Q: Why does my child need to receive vaccinations?
A: 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 serious and 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, we are happy to fully and respectfully discuss all your concerns.