Our Pediatric Care Services
Once your newborn is discharged from the hospital, we encourage you to call our office to make your baby’s initial appointment, usually during the first first week of life. Following that first appointment, your baby will be seen for routine exams as per the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics (https://www.aap.org/), as well as receive immunizations to protect against vaccine preventable illnesses and diseases.
From age 2 years until adolescence your child will be receiving a yearly physical examination, as well as appropriate developmental assessment and routine vaccinations. Behavioral issues, school issues, sleep issues, and developmental issues can be discussed and addressed as well during these visits. Routine blood work, including lead risk assessment, is done at these times. A vision and hearing exam is done at the appropriate age visits.
Please check with your insurance carrier prior to making an appointment to verify coverage.
Westchester Park Pediatrics is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of adolescents. Our approach is comprehensive, our attitude is non-judgmental, and our goal is to establish a solid and trust-based relationship with your adolescent for many years to come.
We provide medical care for male and female patients ages 15 to 21. Medical care includes school, camp, sports and pre-college checkups. We also provide gynecological exams, including pap smears, STI and HIV screening and counseling, as well as provide oral contraception if necessary. We coordinate ancillary care with sub-specialists in areas of nutrition, eating disorders, endocrinology, and mental health.
To serve adolescents more fully, Westchester Park Pediatrics is now affiliated with BridgeSpan Medicine (located next door in Suite 201) for teens and young adults providing care to males and females ages 15-21. Bridgespan Medicine offers a completely separate setting for this age group of adolescent patients, which allows for a comfortable, mature, and confidential environment for them.
Please schedule camp and school check ups, as well as sports participation exams, well in advance. We will provide forms that can be attached to your camp or school documents. Please do not lose these forms. There will be a $10 charge for any forms that the patient brings in to be filled out by the physician.
Five Important Reasons to Immunize Your Child
You want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates, and other ways to keep them safe. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations?
Immunizations can save your child’s life.Because of advances in medical science, your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children have been eliminated completely and others are close to being gone – primarily due to safe and effective vaccines. One example of the great impact vaccines can have is the eradication of polio in the United States. Polio was once America’s most-feared disease causing death and paralysis across the country but today, thanks to vaccination, there are no reports of polio in the United States.
Vaccination is safe and effective.All vaccines are only given to children after a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Vaccines will involve some discomfort and may cause pain, redness, or tenderness at the site of injection but this is minimal compared to the pain, discomfort, and trauma of the diseases these vaccines prevent. The most comprehensive scientific studies and reviews have not found a link between vaccines and autism. Groups of experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies also agree that vaccines are not responsible for the number of children now recognized to have autism.
Immunization protects others you care about.Serious vaccine-preventable diseases still occur. Unfortunately, some babies are too young to be completely vaccinated and some people may not be able to receive vaccinations due to allergies, illness, weakened immune systems, or other reasons. To help keep these individuals safe, it is important that you and your children who are able to get vaccinated are fully immunized. This not only protects your family, but also helps prevent the spread of these diseases to your friends and loved ones.
Immunizations can save your family time and money.A child with a vaccine-preventable disease can be kept out of schools or daycare facilities. A prolonged illness can take a financial toll because of lost time at work, medical bills, or long-term disability care. In comparison, getting vaccinated against these diseases is a good investment and usually covered by insurance. The Vaccines for Children program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. To find out more about the VFC program, visit, www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/ or ask your child’s healthcare provider.
Immunization protects future generations.Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a few generations before. For example, smallpox vaccination helped eradicate that disease world wide. Your children don’t have to get smallpox shots any more because the disease no longer exists. If we keep vaccinating now, parents in the future may be able to trust that diseases like polio and measles won’t infect, cripple, or kill children.
For more information about the importance of infant immunization, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccinesImmunization Chart
Blood DrawingDrawing blood is provided as a courtesy to our patients for routine blood work and anytime during a sick visit if necessary. Our staff is trained in phlebotomy and has many years of experience with children.
** Please note, blood work ordered by outside physicians will NOT be drawn in the laboratory in our office and should go directly to an outside lab appropriate to the insurance carrier.
Rapid Strep Tests and Throat CulturesRapid Strep tests as well as throat cultures are done in our office.
Rapid Flu TestingThis is especially helpful during flu season. Within minutes, it can be determined if your child has Flu A or Flu B and start appropriate anti-vial therapy if determined necessary by your physician.
CBCCBC (complete blood count) is available when necessary at the discretion of the physician. This is obtained either by a finger-stick on small babies or a venipuncture on older children. Results are obtained within minutes.
Cholesterol TestingRapid Cholesterol testing is available at the discretion of the physician and can be helpful in managing childhood obesity or hypercholesterolemia.
UrineUrine analysis and urine culture are also done in our office, as well as urine catheterizations when needed.
We offer dermabond for the nonsurgical closure of superficial lacerations. This is a form of “skin glue” that does not require anesthesia or stitches. It is used at the discretion of the doctor at the time of the visit.
If your child is noted to have excessive cerumen (ear wax) in the ear canals by one of our physicians or a medical specialist, the medical assistants are trained to perform ear lavage. This is done with an easy and painless irrigation system. This procedure is covered by most insurance carriers if deemed medically necessary.
Ear piercing with Bloomdahl sterile medical system is available starting at age 2 months (after the first set of vaccinations). The cost of this service is not covered by insurance carriers and a fee will be incurred.
We offer “histofreeze” for removal of warts. This can be used for simple warts, plantar warts and molluscum contagiosum. It is a simple topical procedure which freezes the wart. In most instances, more than one treatment is required.