Bourne Pediatric Medical Group

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Questions & Answers:

When is the first routine office visit?
1-2 days after discharge from the hospital

What if we have questions on the day after we leave the hospital?
We encourage you to call us the day after discharge, and we're always on-call to help with questions or issues.

How many pediatricians take call?
Dr. Bourne.

If my child is ill, how soon can I get an appointment?
That same day.

How long does it take to schedule a routine check-up?
Within a few days.

What do I do if my infant has a fever?
The following information is intended ONLY for the patients in our practice.
Treating the fever of infants less than 2 years old:
Any child less than 4 months old should never receive acetaminophen (tylenol) or ibuprofen (motrin or advil) without first consulting with a pediatrician, because a fever in a very young infant could be dangerous.
Regarding dosing:
A one year old child of average weight (21 lbs) would be given one dropperful of infant acetaminophen every 4-6 hours or one dropperful of infant ibuprofen every 6-8 hours.
A two year old child of average weight (24 lbs) would be given two dropperfuls of infant acetaminophen every 4-6 hours or two dropperfuls of infant ibuprofen every 6-8 hours.
If a child has a fever, you should call us that first day of fever for instructions and an office visit. If the fever persists and we've seen the child, you should report in to us every 1-2 days until the fever is gone.

When is a fever high?
Fever is considered low if it's 100-101 (Fahrenheit), moderate if it's 102-103, and high if it's above 104.  If there is fever, you should call us.

If my child has a fall or injury, should I run to the emergency room
Try to call us first.  We can give you instructions as to what to do first and whether you should come to our office or head straight to the ER.

What's done for a sore throat?
Your child should be examined at our office, because the only way to know whether your child needs to have an antibiotic is for us to look at the throat and decide whether a throat test is warranted.

For a cold and cough, is it better to start with an over-the-counter medicine?
No, the best medicine is NO MEDICINE.  It's best to start with a humidifier or steam.  Most of the cold-cough medicines don't do much, but you should check with us first.

How is diarrhea and vomiting treated?
Carefully!  Any child is prone to dehydration with these symptoms, and so you should call us first before giving any food or medicine.

Do you treat obesity and other eating disorders?
We do.  We'll work out a plan to help your child and use specialists as needed.

Can you help my child if he (she) has learning problems?
Yes.  We'll review the school reports and evaluations with you, provide you with an overall perspective, make recommendations, and follow-up so that you don't feel alone in this process.

What if I suspect drug problems?
Let us know.  We'll meet with you and your youngster, order appropriate lab tests, and get the help needed.

What's the age when I stop bringing my kids to the pediatrician?
We see our patients till the age of 21.  However, sometimes a 22+ year old still feels comfortable seeing us.