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 (http://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.
Immunizations have become controversial recently, with wild claims based on poor research sweeping the internet. At Westchester Park Pediatrics, we believe that immunizations remain just as important as they ever were. Here are 5 reasons to immunize:
Life-saving Protection:Older people in your life may remember the tragedy of polio—a terrible disease that spread death and paralysis in its wake. Thanks to immunization, polio has been completely eradicated in the United States. Measles, mumps, and many other diseases have not yet been eradicated, and immunization can protect your child against their ravages.
Safety and Effectiveness:Despite claims to the contrary, comprehensive studies by top scientific agencies have found no links between immunization and autism. Vaccines undergo a lengthy process of testing and safety review before being released to the public. The worst your child is likely to experience is redness and mild pain at the injection site—not a bad price to pay compared to the trauma of a serious disease.
Protecting the Most Vulnerable:Babies too young to be immunized and those who cannot take vaccines due to allergies or illness are at risk of serious complications from vaccine-preventable diseases. By immunizing everyone in the population who can be immunized, “herd immunity” protects those who are most at risk from dangerous, preventable diseases.
Time and Money Savings:Vaccines may be partially or fully paid for, either by your insurance company or the Vaccines for Children program. By contrast, the medical bills, parents’ lost time from work, and even long-term disability care that can result from vaccine-preventable diseases can drive families into financial ruin.
Protecting the Future:Polio in the United States and smallpox around the world are just two examples of deadly diseases that have been eradicated by immunization programs. By the time your children are parents or grandparents, some of the diseases that continue to wreak havoc today, such as measles and mumps, may also have disappeared. But this only works with large-scale immunization programs. The more parents opt out, the more children are likely to contract these diseases generations from now.
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.
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.