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Enjoy the following sample of the Q&A:
Q: My daughter is 10. Can she still see a Pediatrician?
A: Yes, most Pediatricians see kids until they are 18 years old. We receive specific adolescent training during our residency and are able to care for children during their teenage years. It is important for older kids to receive annual physicals.
Q: How do you choose a Pediatrician?
A: I recommend that you start with asking your friends and Ob/Gyn about any names and/or experience that they have had with Pediatricians. Once you have a few names, I highly recommend that you call and possibly visit the office. You spend a lot of time with this person during the first few years, and you need to feel comfortable with the relationship. Most Pediatricians offer a Prenatal consult visit or a newborn class that you can attend.
Q: With all of the many vaccines, we as parents hear so much conflicting information. Are they safe and do you recommend them?
A: Yes, they are safe and recommended. They were created to prevent serious diseases that are potentially fatal and they do just that. The public has become more scared of the immunizations than the diseases they are preventing. If you have specific concerns please discuss them with your Pediatrician so that you are sure to have reliable information and data.
Q: We have two dogs and are concerned about them being jealous when our new baby comes home. Is there anything we can do to prepare them?
A: You can bring some blankets home from the hospital with the babies smell. Let them spend time in the nursery prior to bringing the baby home. Some people recommend letting the dog “find” the baby first. First and foremost safety is most important. Even the most mild mannered dogs have been known to cause accidents with children. Be most aware when your child is a toddler and can crawl or bother the dog while he/she is eating.
Q: Our child is 18 months old and only speaking a few words. Do we need speech therapy?
A: This is a very individualized question and management plan, however it is always best to be diligent when a developmental delay is possible. We do recommend services as early as possible, so as to provide the best outcomes.