Parent FAQs

When is my child due for his/her next check-up?
We strongly encourage parents to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for well child check-ups:

Infancy (up to 2 years old)

  • First Year - Schedule a doctor's visit at 1-3 days after birth (as recommended by the pediatrician), 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 9 months.
    Second Year - Schedule visits at 12, 15, and 18 months of age, or more often if recommended by your pediatrician.
  • Preschool Period (2 to 5 years old)
    Schedule visits at 2, 3, 4, and 5 years of age, or more often if recommended by your pediatrician.

School-Age Period (6 to 21 years old)
Schedule visits at every year. Please note that most insurances require 365 days to pass in between check-up visits. One notable exception is Alabama Medicaid which allows (and requires) 1 check-up every calendar year. If you are unsure of your child's last check-up, you can call our office, or if you are signed up for our My Child Patient Portal, you can see your previous visits online. If you are unsure of your insurance coverage on check-ups, please contact your insurance company.

For Children with chronic medical problems (e.g., asthma, eczema, seizures, ADD/ADHD) or on chronic medicines
Schedule visits yearly after 2 years old. We require that your child has had a check-up in the past 365 days before refilling any chronic medicines

How much acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) can I give my child, and how do I rotate the two?
Do not give your child acetaminophen if your child is under 2 months and do not give you child ibuprofen if your child is under 6 months. Click here for a dosing schedule. If you child is running a fever or is in pain, you can rotate acetaminophen and ibuprofen every 3 hours as needed. BE CAREFUL TO KEEP TRACK OF WHICH MEDICINE YOU ARE GIVING SO AS NOT TO GIVE YOUR CHILD TOO MUCH ACETAMINOPHEN OR IBUPROPHEN AT A TIME.

How do I get my child evaluated for ADHD?
To have your child evaluated for ADHD/ADD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder), we require at least 1 or 2 adult family members at home and 1-2 academic teachers at school to fill out a short questionnaire form. To download the form, click on the links below:

After these forms are completed:

Drop them off or mail them to our office.
You can then schedule a "Conference" appointment with your child's doctor. This appointment is usually the last appointment during the morning or afternoon ensuring that your doctor can spend as much time as needed in listening to your concerns about your child, discussing the questionnaire forms, and discussing treatment options.
You can also download other information on ADHD on our ADHD page.

Disclaimer:
The information on this website not a replacement for medical care delivered by a physician. This information is to be used as a guide and reference. If you have any questions or concerns about your child that you are unsure of, please contact your physician.