Valley Pediatrics follows the American Academy of Pediatrics for routine well-child checkups and immunizations. Please see the link on the left-hand side of the Home Page for a schedule of Well Visits and Vaccinations. Our Patient Services include:
- Complementary Prenatal Visits
- Well-Child Care Exams
- Newborn Care
- School & Sports Physicals
- Vision & Hearing Screening
- Sick Child Diagnosis and Treatment
- Dietary/Nutrition Guidance
- Behavioral Issues
- School Issues/Difficulties
- Eating Disorders
Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day. Our staff is happy to answer all your questions during regular business hours. After hours, our doctors are available for urgent matters by calling through our answering service. Normally we are able to answer your calls within one hour. In the rare situation in which you have not heard from the on-call physician within an hour, please call the answering service again. For true emergencies, please call 911.
Fever is one of the body’s responses to alert us that it is fighting some type of infection. We recommend treating fever with medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) to help your children feel more comfortable. Ibuprofen can only be given to patients who are at least 6 months of age. It is advised never to use alcohol rubs to treat fever. Fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4F or greater. If your infant is less than 2 months of age & running a fever, please notify us immediately. The most accurate way to take a temperature in an infant is rectally. As children get older, you may take temperature orally.
The common cold is caused by many different viruses. Most colds will resolve within a short period of time. We do recommend saline nasal spray, and in certain situations, over-the-counter remedies for children over the age of 6. When colds are accompanied by cough, fever, and/or wheezing, we recommend the child be seen immediately.
Ear infections are one of the most common childhood illnesses. Usually there is a preceding cold/viral illness. Many times, a child will complain of an earache. If this occurs, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be administered for pain, and the child should be evaluated by the pediatrician.
If a child complains of a sore throat he/she should be seen for evaluation by a physician. A throat culture may be done to determine if a strep throat (bacterial infection) is the cause of their illness as they will need treatment with antibiotics.