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Please take a moment to read our most commonly asked questions. We're always available to answer your questions and encourage you to contact our office if you have a question that is not answered below.

Q: What is a Pediatrician?

A: A pediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of children. Pediatricians have undergone special training in the health and illnesses of infants, children, teens, and young adults, and the majority of pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics after passing a comprehensive exam.

Pediatricians provide preventive health care for children in good health and medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill. They also provide parents with support and advice with issues such as growth and development, safety and prevention, nutrition, and emotional wellness to foster a lifetime of good health.

Q: Should I schedule a prenatal visit before my baby is born?

A: Many parents ask if they need to schedule a prenatal visit before choosing a pediatrician.  It is not necessary, however we welcome parents to schedule a prenatal visit to get acquainted with our office.  These visits are scheduled with Dr. Lader, but all providers are accepting new patients.  During this visit, we will answer any questions that you have about our practice or your new child. Visit our Expecting Parents page for more information.

Q: What is the best way to schedule an appointment with your office?

A: You can schedule an appointment by calling our office during regular business hours.

Q: Is your office accepting new patients?

A: Yes, we welcome new patients age 6 months old and younger. Contact our office for additional information or request an appointment.

Q: Will my child see the same pediatric care provider at every visit?

A: Our office includes three pediatricians and one pediatric nurse practitioner, who are all accepting new patients. Some parents prefer to see the same provider every time while others prefer to see a variety.  It is best to schedule a well child visit several weeks in advance to get your time and provider preference.  Sick visits are scheduled with a provider based on availability.

Q: What is your view on antibiotics?

A: Antibiotics are powerful medications that should not be overused.  The majority of infections are viruses, such as the common cold, which are not cured by an antibiotic.  Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses.  Antibiotics have a place for treating bacterial infections including strep throat, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, sinus infections, skin infections, and some ear infections.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recently published new guidelines about managing ear infections. These guidelines detail reasons for starting an antibiotic initially versus waiting for the infection to get better on its own.  Your provider will discuss with you whether or not an antibiotic is needed for your child.

Q: Why does my child need to receive vaccinations?

A: Immunizations are a series of shots given to children at different ages to help ward off serious, and potentially fatal, childhood diseases. Making sure your child receives immunizations when scheduled is the best way to help protect your child from potentially fatal diseases. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, vaccinations have reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90%. If you're apprehensive about vaccinations, please do not hesitate to contact our office.  Also, view Immunizations for more information. 

 

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Neighborhood Pediatrics
14701 Detroit Ave              
Suite # 250
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 221-5901

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