Pediatrics West

About Us: Pediatrics West officially joined Children's of Alabama on April 2, 2001. Children and their families living in western Jefferson County now have two options for their primary care. Pediatrics West-Bessemer office is currently staffed by Drs. Tom Smith, Janet Harris, Tracy Brookings, Liz Lewis and Mekeisha Pickens. Dr. Abby Allen and Dr. Charlotte Prejean ( relocating mid October) staff Pediatrics West -McAdory office. We welcome your family to call us for an appointment.


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1090 9th Avenue Southwest
Suite 100
Bessemer, AL 35022

Office: 205-481-1886
Fax: 205-481-9034
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


4730 Bell Hill Road
Bessemer, AL 35022

Office: 205-426-3010
Fax: 205-481-9034

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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 older 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.