About Us: Pediatrics West officially joined Children's Health System on April 2, 2001. Dr. Smith has more than 27 years of experience serving area children and we welcome your family to call us for an appointment.
1090 9th Avenue Southwest
Bessemer, AL 35022
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Take I-65 North to I-59. Go west on I-59. Take Alabama Adventure/Visionland Exit. Turn left at end of exit ramp. Turn right onto Hwy. 11. Practice is approximately 1/2 mile on the right (one block before you see the hospital).
From I-459 toward Tuscaloosa: Go right on I-59. Take first exit, Academy Drive. Turn right to traffic light which is Hwy 11. Turn left on Hwy. 11, go past UAB West Hospital and Peds West is one block on left.
Q: What causes ear infections?
A: Exposure to cigarette smoke, bottle-propping or upper-respiratory infections (i.e., the "common cold").
Q: Is acetaminophen or ibuprofen better for a fever?
A: In most children younger than 6 months, ibuprofen will work faster and last longer.
Q: When will my child stop wetting the bed?
A: If your child has not stopped wetting the bed by age 5 or 6, then you should consult your pediatrician.
Q: When will my baby get its first tooth?
A: Anywhere between 4-12 months, usually.
Q: How will I know if my baby has asthma?
A: Your pediatrician will hear your child wheezing on multiple occasions
Q: When can my baby stop drinking formula?
A: Around the first birthday.
Q: My toddler doesn't like milk. Is it essential to her diet?
A: Not necessarily. You may substitute other dairy products (such as cheese, yogurt or calcium-forified orange juice) in your child's diet. Broccoli is also a good source of calcium.
Q: My child had a fever. When can he return to school/daycare?
A: Your child should be "fever-free" for at least 24 hours before returning and well enough to participate in group activities.