When should I schedule my first appointment?
For newborns, the first appointment should be 3 to 5 days after birth. For older kids, we’ll need medical records before scheduling a well visit. As soon as you register with us online, you can call us to schedule an appointment.
Can we see the same provider at each visit?
We encourage you to see the same doctor or nurse practitioner for well visits to develop a personal relationship. All providers share similar approaches and styles, always consistent with the philosophy of Tribeca Pediatrics.
How long are well visits?
Twenty minutes on average. However, the doctor will not leave the room until all your questions have been answered, and you feel comfortable with the guidance provided.
What is the wait time?
We understand that your time is valuable, so we consistently monitor our wait times to keep them under twenty minutes.
What happens during regular visits?
The purpose of routine or “well” visits are to examine your child and monitor growth. A large part of the routine check-ups are also about guidance. We begin with helping you get breastfeeding off to a smooth start. We then focus on strategies for raising a good sleeper. Parents love the fact that most of the babies we see sleep through the night by 2-3 months of age. As your child grows, we will also guide you on nutrition, as well as emotional and cognitive development. Before each visit, you will receive an outline of what to expect so that you can be prepared.
What about immunizations?
We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) schedule and all our vaccines are Thimerosal free. Immunizations are administered at the end of appointments, after a discussion of the benefits and possible side-effects.
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How soon can I get an appointment if my child is sick?
We accommodate same-day sick visits.
What about emergencies?
Parents of our practice highly appreciate the convenience of having access to on-the-spot support in emergency situations. You can directly reach a doctor or a nurse practitioner by phone at any time of the day, night, or weekend. In the rare case that your child needs to be directed to the emergency room, your doctor will coordinate the care with the emergency room physicians.
What if I have a non-urgent question?
Call the office to get a phone appointment for later in the day. A doctor or a nurse will call you back at a specified time to discuss your concerns. You can also send us an email with your questions and a provider will get back to you.
What’s your opinion about breastfeeding?
We fully support breastfeeding and will provide you with assistance and advice. And while the majority of moms in our practice do breastfeed, we will respect your choice if you decide to use formula, and we’ll provide you with any guidance and advice you may need.
What’s your hospital affiliation?
We are affiliated with New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell, which has one of the most prestigious pediatric centers in the country.