Announcements

ENSURING BEST POSSIBLE CARE

Wheaton Pediatrics is committed to providing our patients with the best pediatric care possible. To that end, we have adopted several practices to ensure that your child or children receive the best care.

Breastfeeding

All scientific data to date supports the idea that breast milk is the best form of nutrition for infants. Wheaton Pediatrics can assist in getting help for breastfeeding if necessary.

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Vaccines

Because all available scientific evidence favors vaccinating according to the schedule set forth by the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics, and because not following this schedule can potentially harm children who do follow the recommended schedule by unnecessarily exposing them to vaccine-preventable diseases, we will no longer see families or accept new patients who choose to not vaccinate their children.

As health care providers, it is our responsibility to protect as many children from disease as possible. Vaccines may be one of the greatest advances in medicine in that they have saved countless numbers of lives and children from illnesses. All vaccines are safe and continue to be studied for potential harmful effects, and in most cases, vaccines are developed and tested for at least a decade before being used routinely.
At times parents have requested to alter the vaccine schedule due to their concerns or reservations. Although we do not agree with this approach, we will allow you to sign a vaccine refusal/deferment form and work together to get your child immunized as soon as possible. Please be advised, however, that delaying or “breaking up the vaccines” to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes against expert recommendations, can put your child at risk for serious illness (or even death) and goes against our medical advice as providers. We will continue to accept alternate vaccine schedules, provided there is an ongoing effort by parents teaming with the provider to have vaccines up-to-date. There is no “safe” alternate schedule; however, we will accept the minimum recommended vaccines as required by the state of Illinois.

 

Antibiotics

We also believe in the judicious use of antibiotics. Therefore, we will not prescribe antibiotics for simple upper respiratory tract infections (“the common cold”), as these are caused by viruses and are not affected at all by antibiotics. We also will not prescribe oral antibiotics over the phone (if a child has a sore throat or ear pain, that child needs to be evaluated). Prescribing antibiotics without that child being assessed is simply not good medical practice. We also will not call in oral antibiotics for patients of ours who are out of town.

 

Medical Home

Our goal is to be the medical home for your child/children. If your child has a complaint, please call us first. When the Wheaton Pediatrics office is closed, there is always a provider available on-call, including holidays. Even if you are sure that your child needs to be seen in the Emergency Room or the Urgent Care, please call us or have the physician who attends to your child call us. We may be able to best serve your child by communicating with the ER or Urgent Care staff to ensure that the proper tests or therapies are ordered and also ensure follow-up at the appropriate location.

 

Annual Physical

We feel that all children need an annual physical, from 2 years to 18 years old. Even if the child is “perfectly healthy,” some serious health problems go undetected unless a medical professional looks for them, such as undiagnosed high blood pressure, inadequate growth, and borderline or frank obesity.

 

Chronic Conditions

If a child is on chronic medicine (i.e. asthma inhalers), they need to be seen more frequently than every year – usually every 6 months if they are stable, and more frequently if the problem is not well-controlled. We often will not call in a refill for such medications unless the child has been evaluated recently, because many chronic conditions are constantly in flux. For example, children may benefit from having pulmonary function testing done in our office on a routine basis. Or it could be that their growth is such that the dose of medicine, which is often based on weight or height, may now be inadequate to control their symptoms. Or a patient may be misusing the medicine and not realizing it. Yet another possibility is that newer, safer medicines may have come on the market that could replace their old ones. These are just some of the reasons that we like to keep a close eye on those children who are on chronic medications.

 

Prenatal Presentations

We do offer one-on-one prenatal consults, as well as a free prenatal group presentation. If there are known anomalies with the fetus, a phone call or private meeting with one of our providers can be arranged. If a parent is thinking of adopting, we can review records and give an opinion.

INSURANCE

Wheaton Pediatrics accepts most major insurance carriers. For questions regarding specific policies, please call our office.

We are committed to providing equal care regardless of your course of payment and will assist you in obtaining insurance plans we accept. In order to best care for your children, we ask that you provide us with their complete medical history and information about care received outside of the practice.

We support behavioral health care needs through our partnership with other community mental health providers.

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