My child is sick and I would like him/her to be checked by the doctor
For illnesses, the best time to call is during the phone hour which is
8:00–9:00 am every day, including weekends and holidays. A doctor will
discuss your child's illness and schedule a sick-day appointment if
My child is not acutely ill, but I have questions about feeding,
behavior, or other aspects of child care.
The best time to call with routine questions is after 9:00 am, but
during office hours. During the week, trained triage nurses can answer
many of your questions, or relay your questions to a physician if
needed. They can also arrange a sick-day appointment if you or they feel
that your child should be seen by a physician.
I have a well-child visit coming up. What can I expect?
During well-child visits, you and your doctor will discuss all aspects
of child care. Depending on your child's age, questions about behavior,
feeding, school success, and others will be discussed, and you will have
time to ask about any concerns you may have. A physical exam will be
performed and any appropriate vaccinations or further lab tests or
therapy will be discussed. Chronic medications will be discussed and
renewed if necessary.
I think my child will need immunizations during their visit. Can I get
more information about them?
Many of the early well visits will require immunizations to keep your
child protected from serious diseases. The following is our routine
immunization schedule, with links to the Vaccine Information Sheets
(VIS) for each vaccine. Sometimes, depending on the timing of past
immunizations, vaccines may need to be given at different visits than
Two, four and six months
(a combination vaccine
containing Acellular DPT,
inactivated Polio (IPV), and
Haemophilus B (Hib)
(pneumococcal vaccine) and oral
(Chicken Pox vaccine)
Human Papilloma Virus
recommended for both girls and
I have heard that vaccines might be dangerous. Can I alter the routine
vaccine schedule, or not get some of the shots?
Vaccines have repeatedly been shown to be safe and effective for
children. The information being circulated about vaccine dangers is
anecdotal, and is not supported by any scientific studies. We are very
strong supporters of the current AAP guidelines for routine
immunizations. While we are happy to discuss any concerns you have, we
are very reluctant to alter the usual immunization schedule, and delay
or withhold any vaccines unless there is a valid medical reason to do so
(these are very rare). If you decide not to vaccinate your child on
schedule, we are probably not the best pediatric practice for you.
However, you can be comforted that your child's exposure to vaccine
preventable diseases is minimized in our waiting room because of our
I have questions about my child's behavior, diet, weight, et cetera…
We have several handouts concerning healthy eating habits, behavior, and
how to deal with childhood illnesses (constipation, etc.). However we
are concerned about children having more serious illness than parents
realize, and delaying appropriate care by using the handouts. Therefore
we ask that you discuss your child's concerns with our doctors or nurses
before using these handouts.
Where can I get good quality information about child care?
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.