Over the Counter (OTC) Medication Dosing Information
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that children under the age of 4 to not use cough and cold preparations. The American Academy of Pediatrics and Pediatric Partners do not recommend the use of these products in children under the age of 6. If you feel that your child is ill enough to warrant the use of these products they should be evaluated by their health care provider.
Please contact our office if you have questions about OTC dosage for your child.
After your baby is born you will be instructed to follow up with a visit within a few days with one of our providers at our office. Depending on when and where your child is born this initial “weight and color” check appointment may have been made by the hospital staff. If you are not informed of a specific date and appointment time upon your dismissal, please call our office and verify if you have a appointment scheduled already or to make your appointment.
It is important that you contact your health insurance company within the first 30 days of your child’s life to add them to your policy. If you wait to enroll past this first month you run the risk of having medical bills denied because the child is not added to your policy. This is also a good time to review with your insurance company what benefits are covered. It is important to find out if you have well care benefits, immunization benefits and if there is a cap to your benefits yearly. If you have questions on what specifically to ask your insurance company, call one of our billing specialists and they will be happy to help you.
Immunizations are a critical component of early childhood for the prevention of childhood diseases that can cause permanent disabilities and even death. All licensed daycares in the state of Nebraska are required to show proof of immunization status of the children enrolled and all children who attend school are also required to have proof of immunization status.
All required immunizations are offered at our clinic for patients who have immunization coverage through their insurance coverage. If your insurance does not cover the cost of immunizations, your local immunization clinic will give your child the same immunizations that we offer with a nominal fee.
The immunization clinic for Dodge County is located at Three Rivers District Health Department, 61 W 4th St, Fremont. Appointments are available every Monday (9 a.m.- Noon and 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.) and Thursday (9 a.m. – Noon), excluding holidays. Please call to make an appointment: 402-727-5396, ext. 4.
In recent years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has promoted the “Back to Sleep” campaign to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Pediatric Partners encourages all parents of newborns to always place their infants on their backs to sleep. Your pediatrician will discuss this with you at your infants well child checks.
Breast milk is best for your infant. Studies show that breastfed babies have a lower incidence of allergies and ear infections. It is important to remember that breast milk is easily digested and your baby will want to eat more frequently than a formula fed baby.
If you choose to feed your baby formula please do not change your formula without discussing it with one of our providers or the triage nurse. Formulas that are on the market today are very gentle and closer to breast milk than previous formulas had been. If your child is having difficulty with their formula it may be as simple as giving your child a few days to acclimate to the formula.
Frequent diaper changes are your baby’s best chance against developing any diaper rashes. If your child does develop a diaper rash try putting a thick layer of barrier cream (Destin, A&D ointment, Butt Paste, etc) on the affected area with every diaper change.
Diane Pelan-Johnson, APRN NP-C is available to help moms feel more confident and relaxed with the breast-feeding process and can offer assistance with issues like:
- Finding the right breast-feeding position
- Latching on
- Sore nipples
Diane is a nurse practitioner that is certified as a lactation consultant by the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants. This is the highest certification available for lactation consultants. Please call our office to schedule a lactation consultation with Diane.