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: Can my teenager under 18 years of age come to an appointment alone?
A: All children under the age of 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other authorized person over the age of 18 as listed on the registration form. If you would like your 16-17 year old child seen at the office by themselves, please fill out the Authorization for Treatment of Minors form at the front desk. Once this form is filled out, your 16-17 year old child may be seen at the office without an adult present but they must bring proper identification with them at the time of the appointment. The form can be downloaded from our website under the "Forms" tab.
Q: When was my child's last Tetanus shot?
A: The TETANUS vaccine is the "T" component in the DTaP vaccine. It is also the "T" component of the Tdap vaccine. Look at your child's vaccine record to see the dates that he or she received the DTaP or the Tdap vaccines. The most recent one of those vaccines is the date of their last Tetanus shot.
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, teens and young adults. All of our 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.
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 our doctors. During this visit, we will answer any questions that you have about our practice or your new child. Visit our expectant parent's page for more information.
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-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 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-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 child's development, behavior, nutrition, safety and overall well-being.
The Kidz Docs schedule for routine well-care visits is as follows:
- 3 to 5 days
- 2 weeks
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- 30 months
- 3 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. For our established patients you may request an appointment online through the patient portal tab at the top of the screen.
Q: Is your office accepting new patients?
A: We are always accepting newborn infants to our practice. If you have an older child and would like to be seen in our office, new patient appointments are open starting at 7:30 AM the last Thursday of the month for the following month. Please call our office then to make a new patient 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 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.