In addition to providing you child with compassionate, expert health care, MedStar Harbor Hospital is dedicated to giving you all the information you need to give your child a healthy beginning. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you make the right healthcare choices for your child.
How Do I Choose My Child’s Pediatrician?
Whether you're expecting your first child or are a parenting pro, feeling comfortable with your child's doctor is as important as baby-proofing your home and providing nutritious meals. Finding the right pediatrician takes some effort, but the payoff is worth it.
The team at MedStar Harbor Pediatrics is happy to discuss birth plans, what to expect, and address any of your concerns. If you prefer to see us in person, consider scheduling a prenatal visit to meet the team. Please call our office at 410-350-2563 to schedule an appointment or speak with a specialist.
What Can I Expect During a Well-Child Visit?
During a check-up, a Medstar Harbor pediatrician will measure your child’s height and weight, tell you how much they’ve grown since the last visit, and compare your child’s measurements to other children the same age. These visits are also an opportunity for parents to discuss any questions you may have about you child’s health and development with our experts.
You can make the most out of your child’s visit by coming prepared with questions and a list of current medications. Here are a few tips when preparing for your child’s pediatrician visit:
- Make a list of any questions you might have about your child
- Bring your child’s vaccination and immunization card to the appointment
- If you child was seen in the emergency department, or was hospitalized, bring a copy of the visit or have a record of the hospitalization sent to your child’s pediatrician office. It is important that your pediatrician be aware of your child’s past and recent illnesses
- If your child is on any medications--over the counter or prescription--be sure to bring the medications for the doctor to review
- Bring some toys or books to help keep your child occupied while you wait for your visit
When Should I Call My Child’s Pediatrician?
As a parent, knowing when to seek medical attention for you child is very important. Below is a list of guidelines, separated by age, to help you make that important decision.
Newborn to One Month
- Fever of greater than 100.4 degrees (taken rectally)
- Irregular eating habits
- Uncontrollable crying
- Vomiting that continues for more than eight to 12 hours
- Bowel movements that happen more than eight times a day
- Eye infection or pink eye
- White patches on the tongue and inside the mouth
One Month to One Year
- Fever greater than 100.4 degrees in babies less than three months of age
- Fever greater than 101 degrees in babies ages three to six months
- Fever greater than 104 degrees in babies older than six months
- Refusal to eat
- Extreme irritability
- Extreme drowsiness
One to 18 Years
- Loss of consciousness
- Terrible headache
- Any discharged from the ear or eye
- Extreme sleepiness
- Stiff neck
- Yellow hue to the skin or eyes
- Trouble breathing
- Throwing up for more than 12 hours
- Throwing up blood
- Blurred vision
- Inability to walk normally
- Severe stomach pain
- Blood or mucous in the stool
- Painful urination
- Pus from a cut or scrape
- Fast-developing rash over most of the body
Why Should I Vaccinate My Child?
Vaccinations, or immunizations, are the best way to protect your child from certain diseases for a lifetime. Your child’s pediatrician will administer your child’s shots during his/her regular check-ups.
Immunizations are the foundation of a healthy childhood that our grandparents generation did not have. They are safe, effective and help children to thrive.
How Do I Know What Immunizations My Child Needs?
Below are the vaccinations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend for your child. Some vaccinations require multiple injections over a period of time to ensure full immunization, so be sure to ask your pediatrician what’s best for your child’s individual needs.
- Hepatitis B (Hep B)
- Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP)
- Haemophilus influenza Type b (Hib)
- Inactivated polio (IPV)
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
- Pneumococcal (PVC)
- Influenza (flu)
- Hepatitis A (HepA)