What is your approach to treating with antibiotics?
Antibiotics are useful medicines that play an essential part in the treatment of many illnesses, but are useless against the common viral infections that children frequently get.
What is your philosophy with regard to scheduled vaccinations?
We are strong advocates of vaccinations. They are a very safe and effective way of preventing many illnesses that, prior to vaccination programs, caused childhood disease and death.
Can I call your office at any time and who is available after hours?
The office takes calls from 8:15AM to noon, and from 1PM to 4:30PM Monday through Thursday, until 4:00 on Friday. When the office is closed, the answering service will connect you with the on-call physician, or the Rainbow Call Center, a pediatric nurse phone triage service.
What is your office procedure for seeing sick children?
If a call is received during office hours, we are almost always able to accommodate a same day sick visit.
Which professionals do you recommend for referral when developmental concerns arise?
Depending on the age of the child, there are several resources we use when developmental concerns arise. The State's Birth to Three Program assesses children from infancy to age 3. After three years of age, we help parents access their school district's early intervention program (sometimes called pupil services) to assess a child. Connecticut Children's has an excellent Division of Behavior and Development, and there are some excellent pediatric specialists in the area who accept referrals.