Smoking:

We are firmly and unapologetically anti-smoking. We understand that smoking is an addiction, but parents who smoke will be reminded of the risks to their child and themselves at every office visit. Get help, don't do it alone, try the Quit Line at 1-866-NOW QUIT

Breastfeeding:

We agree that breastfeeding is the ideal nourishing, inexpensive food for term infants and encourage all new mothers to consider breastfeeding their newborns beginning in the hospital. We will do everything possible to help mothers who want to breastfeed. We also understand that not all mothers can breastfeed successfully or choose not to breastfeed; therefore, we support mothers who formula-feed their infants as well.

Immunizations:

Following the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, we encourage all children to be vaccinated according to the current schedule.

Due to unfounded fear, some parents refuse to vaccinate their children. We will discuss the risks of refusing immunizations at every office visit. Because of the success of vaccines, many parents are not aware or may have no memory of the seriousness of the diseases that vaccines prevent.  We will ask you to sign the Refusal to Vaccinate form from the AAP.  Unimmunized children are a terrible health risk to other children; therfore, we may ask you to find another clinic.

Information regarding childhood immunization can be found at the American Academy of Pediatrics' Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP)  www.cispimmunize.org

HEALTH MAINTAINENCE EXAMS (WELL-CHILD CHECKS):

Health maintainence exams are essential.  A physical exam is done, growth and development issues are reviewed, advise is given, risk factors are discussed, and immunizations are given if needed.  We recommend exams at:
        1 week
        1 month
        2 months
        4 months
        6 months
        9 months
        12 months
        15 months
        18 months
        24 months and then yearly

Contraception:

Our practice is limited to infants, children and to teenagers who are not pregnant or married. Abstinence is the best choice for birth control, protection from STDs, and maintaining emotional and physical health for all unmarried young people. We do not prescribe contraceptives for teenagers but will make referrals to one of our local OB-GYN clinics.
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