Please take a moment to read our most commonly asked questions. We're always available to answer your questions and encourage you to contact our office if you have a question that is not answered below.
Q: What is a Pediatrician?
A: A pediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of children. Pediatricians have undergone special training in the health and illnesses of infants, young children, and teens, and the majority of pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics after passing a comprehensive exam. All APA Physicians are Board Certified. Pediatricians provide preventive health care for children in good health and medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill. They also provide parents with support and advice with issues such as growth and development, safety and prevention, nutrition, and emotional wellness to foster a lifetime of good health.
Q: What is a P.A. (Physician Assistant)?
A: Physician Assistants (PA's) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. At Arvada Pediatrics, our PA's are an essential part of our medical team and provide amazing care to our patients. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PA's conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery and in most states, including Colorado, can write prescriptions. Because of their close working relationship with physicians, PA’s are educated in the medical model to complement physician training. Upon graduation from an accredited PA program, Physician Assistants take a national certifying examination. In order to maintain certification, PA’s must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and pass a re-certification exam every 6 years.
Q: Can I meet my pediatrician before my baby is born?
A: Yes! This is a great way to get acquainted with our office and our doctors. During this visit, we will answer any questions that you have about our practice or your new child. Visit our expectant parents' page for more information.
Q: How often should my child see the pediatrician?
A: Your child should see the pediatrician not only for illness - It is also important to schedule well child-care exams regularly, beginning in infancy. Also called well-care visits or checkups, these routine examinations provide the best opportunity for the doctor to observe the progress of your child's physical and mental growth and development; to counsel and teach parents; to detect problems through screening tests; to provide immunizations, and to get to know one another.
Well-care visits are strongly recommended as part of preventive pediatric care. Well-child visits are also a good time for parents to raise questions and concerns about a child's development, behavior, nutrition, safety and overall well-being.
The Arvada Pediatric Associates recommends this schedule for routine well-care visits:
- 3 to 5 days
- 2 weeks
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- 3 years
- 4 years
- And once every year thereafter for an annual health supervision visit that includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment.
Q: What is the best way to schedule an appointment with your office?
A: You can schedule an appointment by calling our office during regular business hours.
Q: Is your office accepting new patients?
A: Yes, we always welcome new patients. Contact our office for additional information or request an appointment.
Q: Why does my child need to receive vaccinations?
A: Immunizations are a series of shots given to children at different ages to help ward off serious, and potentially fatal, childhood diseases. Making sure your child receives immunizations when scheduled is the best way to help protect your child from potentially fatal diseases. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, vaccinations have reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90%. If you have questions or concerns about any vaccinations, please do not hesitate to contact our office or discuss with your provider at your child's well-child check.