Frequently asked questions at Mesa Pediatrics

As parents, especially as new parents, you always have questions and concerns. It’s normal.

Here’s our answers to the most common questions we get. We’re always available to answer your questions. Please contact us 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 went through special education and training in the health and illnesses of infants, teenagers and young adults. Most pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and they require to pass 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 all kinds of issues, such as: the child’s growth and development, safety and prevention, healthy nutrition, emotional wellness to lead a lifetime of good health.

 

Q: Should I meet my pediatrician before my baby is born?

 

A: You can if you want to. We strongly encourage parents-to-be to visit our office for a prenatal appointment. It’s a great way to get acquainted with our practice and our doctors. During this visit, we will answer any questions that you have.

 

Q: How often should my child see the pediatrician?

 

A: Your child should not only see the pediatrician for an illness.

It is very 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 mental and physical growth and development; to counsel and provide education to parents; to detect problems through screening tests; to provide immunizations for your child, 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 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
And once every year 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, or by requesting an appointment online, via email.

 

Q: Is your office accepting new patients?

 

A: Yes, we always welcome new patients. Contact our office for additional information or request an appointment.

 

Q: Why is it important for my child 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.

 

Immunization Schedule

 

An easy to reference guide to know when your child needs immunizations.

Last Updated: 02/02/2010

We follow the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. For more information regarding the descriptions of these vaccines and the diseases they protect against, please visit www.immunizationinfo.org , www.vaccinesafety.edu , or www.immunize.org .

For more detailed informational sheets published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis .

 

Ages Birth – 18 Months

2 mos 4 mos 6 mos 9 mos 12 mos 15 mos 18 mos
Hepatitis B birth/X X X
Rotateq (Rotavirus) X X X
DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertusis) X X X X
Hib (Haemophilus Influenza) X X X X
Prevnar (Pneumococcal) X X X X
IPV (Polio) X X X
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) X
Varivax (Chicken pox) X
Hepatitis A X X

 

Ages 4-16 Years

4 yrs 5 yrs 11 yrs 12 – 15 yrs 16 yrs
MMR X
DTaP X
IPV X
Varivax X
Tdap X
Gardasil – Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) X
Meningococcal (MCV4) X X

 

We also recommend the influenza vaccine yearly for all our patients 6 months and older (except those who have had an anaphylactic reaction to egg).

 

 

Web Resources

 

Here you can find some links to online resources we recommend for more information on parenting and child health issues.

General Pediatric:

American Academy of Pediatrics 
Healthy Children
Centers for Disease Control 
Baby Center

Immunization Resources:

Immunization Action Coalition 
Vaccine Information Center CHOP
National Network for Immunization Information
Institute for Vaccine Safety

Breastfeeding:

www.Kellymom.com
www.workandpump.com
La Leche League 
International Lactation Consultant Association

Specific Medical Conditions:

Up To Date 
Asthma 
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network 
Autism 
ADHD