The services provided by medical offices varies with the goals and specialties of the practice. We hope, after reading this, you will better understand the care we provide.
Specialized Pediatric Care
As pediatricians, we strive to create an open, cooperative relationship with parents and their infants, toddlers, children, adolescents and young adults. We strive to support the parent-child relationship and to provide guidance in each step of the transition of your young child into an independent young adult. We feel that regular physical exams, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, are essential to the parent and the patient in anticipating the unique developmental stages of children. In the preteen and teen years, we believe that our relationship and knowledge of individual medical history are important in establishing trust and open, comfortable communication. It is this unique relationship which allows us to provide a comprehensive pre-participation sports physical – the medical history and physical that is the basis upon which physical activity decisions can be made. We value the trust that parents and patients place in us as we partner in this process.
Well Child and Sick Appointments Available
We recommend well child visits according to the American Academy of Pediatrics schedule:
- 24-48 hours following hospital discharge
- 1 week
- 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24 and 30 months
- Annually from 3 to 21
A well child visit is defined as a routine visit to your provider for: (See Well-Child Care: A Check-Up for Success)
- A physical exam
- Updated immunizations
- Review of growth and development
- Investigating any abnormal finding to determine need for intervention
- Discussing health, safety, nutrition, and physical fitness as appropriate for age
- Educating as needed regarding ongoing care for chronic conditions such as asthma, ADHD/ADD, diabetes, etc
A sick visit is defined as a visit to your caregiver for:
Many activities your child may participate in require special forms that must be completed by a physician.
- Sports or camp physicals are completed at the time of your annual well child visit, with the exception of the Virginia High School League sports physicals that must be completed AFTER May 1st for the following school year. Please make sure you bring the sports or camp form with you to your child’s visit with the health history completed.
- Forms that are dropped off or faxed, after your regular appointment, MUST have the health history and demographics completed. We will complete those forms in 48-72 hours.
- Most camps require annual physicals in order to be registered. If it has been over 12 months since your child’s last physical please inquire with the camp regarding their requirements.
Management of School, Developmental and Behavioral Issues
A follow up visit is defined as a visit to your caregiver for:
- Medication check that is recommended every 6 months for children taking medication for ADHD/ADD
- An acute illness such as an ear infection that resulted in perforation or continued or worsening symptoms following an initial sick visit
- Traumatic injuries with weekly monitoring such as concussions or suture/staple removal
A consultation visit is defined as a visit to your caregiver for:
- Chronic headaches, stomachaches, back pain
- Behavioral or developmental problems
- Emotional or domestic/family problems
- Initial ADHD/ADD evaluations
- Feeding/Eating problems
- Ongoing chronic health discussions
We have a bit more information about how our office runs on our Practice Guide.