Pediatrics

PEDIATRICS

A vibrant portion of our family medicine practice includes pediatrics—infants, toddlers, children and adolescents. We take as much time as we need at each office visit to care for your infant or child and address your concerns. We seek to understand the children we treat as individuals and pay attention to their unique needs. Building relationships with parents is equally important, and we encourage open communication.

Parents looking for pediatric care for their infant, child or children are welcome to call and schedule an informal consult with our medical team. We are happy to meet with you to answer any questions you may have and further discuss our approach.

 
INFANTS

We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) well child schedules, which are one and the same.

They are as follows:
Prenatal (Recommended for high-risk pregnancies and first time parents.)
Newborn (Usually performed at hospital of birth.)
Newborn 3-5 days
1 month
2 months
4 months
6, months
9 months
12 months

And for early childhood at:
15 months
18 months
24 months
30 months
3 years

We also follow the AAP and AAFP recommendation that children be seen once annually from age 4 all the way through adolescence until 21 years of age.

While we generally adhere to these schedules, we may see infants/children more often if it is required to better care for their individual needs.

 
ANTIBIOTICS

We believe in antibiotics when they are used appropriately. The prescription of antibiotics is determined on a case-by-case basis. Our general philosophy is to prescribe antibiotics responsibly.

 
IMMUNIZATIONS

We recommend a series of standard immunizations with some variations, depending on your family’s history. We cannot accommodate families who object to vaccinations. We are in agreement with recommended vaccine schedules and are happy to discuss concerns. If you have concerns about vaccinations, please schedule an appointment. We also suggest you explore the following informative links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
If You Choose Not to Vaccinate Your Child
Vaccine-preventable Diseases