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Phone (410) 284-1133
FAX (410) 284-3371

Services

 

Well Child Physicals
Sick Child Appointments
Chronic Care for Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Adolescent Gynecological Care
ADHD Diagnosis and Management
Mental and Behavioral Health Diagnosis and Management
Developmental Disorders (including Autism)
Laboratory and Other Services

 

Well Child Physicals


We recommend regular well child physicals from birth to young adulthood. During the first 2 years of life, the visits are frequent because of the rapid changes in growth and development and the rapidly changing needs of the infant and young child. We also vaccinate children according to an established schedule to provide optimal protection from illnesses that could cause significant illnesses. We schedule adequate time for these visits because of the many topics we want to discuss with families. We ask parents (or caregivers) to complete a short pre-visit questionnaire about their child’s development and we ask them to share about any concerns. This helps us formally evaluate their child’s developmental skills and identify any delays which might go undetected.

  • The infant and toddler visits occur at the following ages: 3-4 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, 30 months, and 3 years.

As children enter preschool we see them annually, again monitoring their growth and developmental progress. All 4 year olds need to have their physicals and vaccinations before entering Kindergarten.

  • The young child visits occur at the following ages: 4 years, 5 years, and 6 years.

Older children, teens, and young adults are encouraged to come in every 1 – 2 years for physicals. We ask older children and teens to complete screening questionnaires to evaluate for mood/behavioral concerns and screen for any habits that put their health at risk. We really value the relationships that we develop with children and families over time because of the time we spend during these well child visits. We gladly complete sports, camp, and daycare forms during these comprehensive visits.

DENTAL

We provide dental assessments and guidance for the first several years of life. We also apply a fluoride varnish to protect developing teeth.

 

Sick Child Appointments


What should you do when you child is sick? Children are magnets for illnesses and injuries. The very nature of these ailments is their unpredictability. One moment your child is playful and running around, and the next they are laying on your chest with a 104 degree fever. Have you ever gotten the dreaded call from daycare or school that you child feels ill and needs to be picked up early?

What constitutes an emergency? If you child is experiencing any of the following severe symptoms we recommend that you take them to the nearest emergency room or call 911:

  • Difficulty breathing (not just congestion)
  • Difficulty staying awake, extreme lethargy, or change in level of alertness
    Extreme irritability or uncontrollable crying
  • Poor feeding with dehydration (resulting in a significant decrease in urination)
  • Significant injury (including concussions with loss of consciousness or visible bone deformities)
  • Severe pain that is not controlled by over-the-counter medication
  • A temperature >100.4 (rectally) in an infant less than 3 months of age

Many parents (caregivers) will ask their friends and families for advice about their sick child. Others will Google their child’s symptoms. Not all advice is helpful but there is one website that we recommend called SYMPTOM CHECKER.

Generally, children with the following symptoms should be seen in our office:

  • Fever in an infant less than 6 months
  • Fever for > 3 days (any age)
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Rashes
  • Persistent pain (stomach pain, headache, ear pain, or sore throat)

To better serve our patients, we offer Walk-in visits for established patients from 9 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 4:45 pm on weekdays and from 9 am – 1 pm on Saturdays. No need to call, just come in. If you can’t make the walk-in times, you can call to schedule an appointment. If you are a brand new patient you must call for an appointment. We would rather you come to our office, than go to an urgent care facility or the emergency room.

We also have a triage nurse who can help you decide if you child needs to be seen, so please do not hesitate contacting us.

 

Updated 8/23/18

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Information and links found on the Dundalk Pediatric Associates web site are neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency call your healthcare provider or "911" immediately.