Frequently Asked Questions | Pediatrics of Sleepy Hollow

Please take a moment to read our frequently asked questions. We’re always available to answer your questions and encourage you to contact our office if you have any questions.

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, teens and young adults, and the majority of pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics after passing a comprehensive exam.
Pediatricians provide preventive health care for children in good health and medical care for children who are ill. They also provide parents with support and advice for issues such as growth and development, safety and prevention, nutrition and emotional wellness to foster a lifetime of good health.

Q: Can I meet my pediatrician before my baby is born?
A: Yes, in fact we strongly encourage parents-to-be to visit our office for a prenatal appointment. This is a great way to get acquainted with our office and our doctors. During this visit, we will answer any questions you have about our practice or your new child. Visit our expectant parent’s page for more information.

Q: How often should my child see the pediatrician?
A: Your child should see the pediatrician for regular checkups, or well-care visits. These exams are important because they allow the doctor to see your child’s physical and mental growth and development and find any problems early. It’s also a time to get routine vaccines and have regular screenings. We strongly recommended well-care visits as part of preventive pediatric care.

Well-child visits are also a good time you to raise questions and concerns about your child’s development, behavior, nutrition, safety or overall health.

Q: What’s the best way to schedule an appointment with your office?
A: You can schedule an appointment by calling our office during regular business hours or by requesting an appointment online.

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 immunizations?
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 these diseases. According to the AAP, vaccinations have reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90%. If you’re concerned about vaccinations, please don’t hesitate to talk with your doctor about your concerns.