Accepting New Patients
All physicians are now accepting new patients – from newborns through age 18 (some insurance restrictions apply). Call to schedule your child’s appointment today at 616-784-9400!
Well Child Exam
Well Child visits are regularly scheduled appointments where we discuss age-appropriate developmental issues, family issues including an updated family disease history, growth and nutrition, and age-related safety issues.
Your child’s immunization record will be reviewed and immunizations will be given following the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because we care for the health and safety of your child and all of our patients, we require that you adhere to these recommendations. If you chose to decline vaccines or follow an “alternative” schedule, we ask that you seek another pediatric practice.
Recommended Well Child Visits include:
- 2 Weeks
- 2 Months
- 4 Months
- 6 Months
- 9 Months
- 12 Months
- 15 Months
- 18 Months
- 24 Months
- Annually thereafter
Sick Child Visit
Call 616-784-9400 as early in the day as possible to schedule a sick child appointment. Certain symptoms almost always require an appointment: earaches, sore throat, cough with difficult breathing, severe abdominal pain, frequent or painful urination and extreme lethargy. Please understand that except in special circumstances, we have a policy not to call in prescriptions for antibiotics without seeing your child first. We are concerned about both over and under treatment of illnesses.
If you feel an illness is severe enough to require antibiotics, we need to examine your child in the office. Unless previously arranged with our staff, please do not ask us to work in other members of your family at the time of your appointment. We want to focus our time with your child and keep on schedule to avoid delays of care for all patients.
Visits for behavioral health (i.e. ADD and depression) generally require extended appointment times, which many not be available for a few weeks out. In many cases paperwork may need to be filled out and other physician documents will need to be received in office before scheduling these appointments. Exceptions to this policy will be made as circumstances indicate.
If your child has a life-threatening illness or injury, call 911 or take him or her to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital or the nearest emergency facility.