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North Fulton Pediatrics

Directions

Our office is located at 1285 Hembree Road in the Roswell Medical Center complex.
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Office Hours

Phone: 770-442-1050
Fax: 770-475-1621

Monday - Friday
8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Saturday
8:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Note: We are Open On Saturdays from 8:30 to about Noon for sick appointments.
After hours care:
For Emergencies:
call 911 or go to CHOA (Children's Healthcare of Atlanta)
For minor illnesses: CHOA (Children's Healthcare of Atlanta)
or KIDS TIME PEDIATRICS - 404-943-1979
Staffed by pediatricians
Locations: Alpharetta, East Cobb, Sandy Spring, Lawrenceville, Suwanee

Dosing & After Hours

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Keeping you informed with the latest news at North Fulton Pediatrics.

What's New

Asthma

For those patients who have asthma, the fall is an important time to come in for an asthma check.  Weather changes, increases in upper respiratory infections, and increase in outdoor fall sports activities can all trigger asthma symptoms.  This is an excellent opportunity to review rescue inhaler usage.  It is also an excellent time to review any daily, preventative medications your child may be on.  A goal in asthma control is to have a child on as little medication as possible and not experience any asthma “flare ups”, we often can discuss either increasing OR decreasing the daily medicine your child may take.  Schedule an appointment this fall to go over your child’s asthma symptoms and medications.

Concussion

This has been a topic widely covered in the news as research has shown that young athletes can suffer long term damage to the brain if a concussion is not treated appropriately. A concussion is an injury to the brain. It does not necessarily involve a loss of consciousness, and not all head injuries necessarily lead to a concussion. Persistent headache, problems with memory, thinking, coordination, or speech, and excessive fatigue following a head injury are some of the symptoms suggestive of concussion. If your child is diagnosed with a concussion, he or she will need a period of physical and cognitive rest before a gradual return to normal activities. Make sure your student athlete’s coaches follow the guidelines for returning to play. If you suspect your child may have suffered a concussion, contact our office for an appointment for a thorough evaluation. If you’re not sure if he or she needs to be seen, call our office for advice. If you want to learn more about concussion, visit www.choa.org/concussion and go to Resources for Parents.

After hours care and your medical home
We are your source for pediatric care, in sickness and in health! People sometimes think of their pediatrician’s office as the place to go for checkups and immunizations, but use the local urgent care or pharmacy-based clinic for illnesses. Pharmacy clinics and adult urgent care facilities may not be equipped to take care of the medical problems of children, and they will not provide follow-up or long-term management of the problem. We at North Fulton Pediatrics offer same-day sick visit appointments six days a week. We monitor trends in your child’s health and provide follow-up care for his or her illnesses. We coordinate care and refer to specialists, if necessary.

If your child is ill and our office is closed, you have several options. For a life-threatening emergency, proceed to the closest hospital emergency department. If your child is ill or injured and you know you want them to be seen by a doctor right away, go to a Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Emergency Department or Urgent Care. (Hours of operation for Urgent Care facilities are found at www.choa.org.)

New Vaccine requirement for 2014

"Beginning next school year (2014 – 2015), all students entering 6th grade in Georgia will be required to receive the Tdap and meningococcal vaccines.  The Tdap vaccine includes the tetanus booster as well as pertussis, better known as whooping cough, protection. The meningococcal vaccine protects your child from the most common type of bacterial meningitis in teens.  If your child is 12 or older, he or she has probably already received these vaccines in our office.  Please keep this new school requirement in mind when you schedule check-ups for your child."

Please keep this new school requirement in mind when you schedule your child’s check-up because your child will have to have these immunizations before starting 6th grade.

Se hablamos espanol

¿Sabía que en North Fulton Pediatraics tenemos personal de tiempo completo que es fluido en español para ayudar a aquellos en nuestra comunidad para quienes el español es su idioma principal? Did you know that we at North Fulton Pediatrics have full time staff that are fluent in Spanish to help those our community for whom Spanish is their primary language?

What to do with a knocked out permanent tooth

With prompt action, a knocked-out tooth can be saved. Losing primary (baby) teeth is a rite of passage for children, something that makes them feel big. But having a permanent tooth knocked out is a different story. An injury that results in a knocked-out tooth can harm the way a child feels about himself and his appearance, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). The child will have to deal with missing a tooth, maybe for years, and may need to go to numerous dental appointments before he has a tooth again. Luckily, knocked-out permanent teeth often can be saved with appropriate, swift action. If your child knocks his permanent tooth out, call and go to your dentist or the emergency room as soon as possible. Following these steps from AAPD to increase your chances of saving the tooth:

  • Find the tooth and pick it up by the top (white crown). Do not pick it up by the root.
  • If it is dirty, gently and quickly rinse it with cold milk (or water if you do not have milk).
  • Do not scrape, scrub, brush or dry the tooth, and do not try to clean it with alcohol or peroxide.
  • Replace the tooth into the socket and press down on the tooth with your thumb.
  • Have your child bit down on a wad of gauze (or a washcloth or shirt) to keep the tooth in place until you reach the dentist’s office.

If you cannot replant the tooth after five minutes, store it in a container of Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution (which can be bought at many drugstores under the brand names Save-A-Tooth or EMT Tooth Saver), a cup of cold milk, a cup of your child’s saliva or – as a last resort – a cup of water until you get to the dentist. If your child loses a primary (baby) tooth, do not try to replace it in the socket because baby teeth usually cannot be replanted. Instead, apply gauze (or a washcloth or shirt) to control bleeding and call the dentist.

A Message to our Patients Covered by the State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP)

During the open enrollment period beginning October 1st to November 15th you may have the opportunity to switch the insurance for your child(ren) under SHBP from United or Cigna to Peachcare. Peachcare is a federally subsidized health insurance program run by the state Department of Community Health, which also administers Georgia's Medicaid program. Peachcare for Kids health insurance is available to children through 18 years of age if parents' household income meets Peachcare eligibility guidelines. Their are 3 Peachcare plans and the only plan North Fulton Pediatrics accepts is WELLCARE.

If you meet the household income guidelines for Peachcare and are considering this option, please be aware of these factors when making your decision:

PREMIUMS: The premiums under Peachcare may be less than your premiums under United or Cigna.

COPAYMENTS: Peachcare copayments may be less than United or Cigna. In some cases there are no copayments under Peachcare.

PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICIAN: Some general Pediatricians who see United and Cigna patients do not accept Peachcare. Our practice currently accepts Peachcare. In you qualify for Peachcare, you will be assigned one of the CMO's and the only CMO we accept is WELLCARE. Your child(ren) may continue to be treated here; however, if we are inundated with requests for Medicaid conversions, we maintain the prerogative to cap our Medicaid census and decline to accept future patients. At that point you may be excluded from our practice and may have difficulty finding an alternative practice which accepts Medicaid. Remember, you can only change insurance plans once a year during your open enrollment.

SPECIALTY PEDIATRICIAN: Some specialty pediatricians who see United and Cigna patients do not accept Peachcare. If your child sees a Specialist on a regular basis you should contact their office to see if they accept Peachcare. If not, please contact our office to determine if there is another Specialist in the area who accepts Peachcare.

MEDICATIONS: Some medications that are covered under United and Cigna are not available under Peachcare. If your child takes medication regularly (for Asthma, ADHD or another condition) you should contact Peachcare to see if that medication is available under their coverage. If not, please contact our office so we can try to determine if there is an equivalent medication that is covered under Peachcare.

THERAPY: Some therapy (physical, occupational and speech) providers who accept United and Cigna do not accept Peachcare. If your child currently receives therapy you should check with that provider to see if they accept Peachcare. If not, please contact our office so we can try to determine if there is an equivalent therapist in the area who accepts Peachcare.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your current SHBP (United or Cigna) coverage and changing to Peachcare.

Thank you

Important change in CAR SEAT POLICY from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Toddlers and even older children may have to get used to some new seating arrangements in the car, according to new child passenger safety recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The group is revising its advice and recommending that parents keep infants and toddlers in rear-facing car safety seats until age 2 or when they physically outgrow the limits of the seat. In addition, they recommend that when children 2 or older reach the maximum weight or height for a forward-facing seat with a harness they transition to sitting in belt-positioning booster seats until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between 8 and 12 years old. Once they have outgrown the booster seat, the guidelines say all children under 13 should still ride in the back seats of the car.

Georgia Postpartum Support: A free service for new moms

A new group has been formed to help with postpartum depression. We are excited to let you know about a new partnership that Mental Health America of Georgia (MHA of Georgia) is launching with CafeMom, the leading website for mothers, reaching 6 million moms each month. As part of the Project Healthy Moms initiative, MHA has worked with CafeMom to create a unique online support group for local mothers suffering from postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders.

You can visit the new group, Georgia Postpartum Support, here: http://www.cafemom.com/group/110851

The group will be a central place online where moms in Georgia can meet each other, ask for advice, and find support for their mental health struggles. The group will also feature a weekly live chat facilitated by Amber Koter-Puline, an Atlanta-area support group leader and prominent postpartum depression blogger. The first chat was held on August 11, 2010.

We hope this partnership between MHA of Georgia and CafeMom helps to provide new moms the support that they need in their journey towards recovery. In Georgia, it is estimated that every year about 20,000 women experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, these illnesses are not on the public health radar screen. Consequently, there are very few providers with specialized training in this area and only one consistent live support group in the entire state. The online Georgia Postpartum Support group is one step towards closing this gap in services.

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Jodi Greenwald, MD, has written a short and helpful guide to breastfeeding. You can download her report here.

North Fulton Pediatrics Vaccine Policy Statement

At North Fulton Pediatrics, we feel that vaccinating children and adolescents is a vital part of our responsibility to promote health and well-being. We believe in the safety, effectiveness, and necessity of vaccines to protect children against serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses.

Based on numerous studies and years of research, we feel that the development of autism is not related to vaccinations or to any preservative that may be used in the manufacturing of vaccines.

We strive to follow the recommended vaccine schedule as proposed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Although we may be willing to alter the recommended schedule if there are significant parental concerns, this goes against our medical advice and against expert recommendations.

As advocates for the health of children, we strive to educate you about the safety and importance of vaccinating your children. We encourage you to read about vaccines and to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about them. Recent recommendations require us to have you sign a “Refusal to Vaccinate” form at every check-up in the event that you do not want your child to have any vaccinations OR you wish to alter the schedule to delay any vaccinations. If your child’s immunizations are not up to date, we will be unable to provide the state-required immunization forms for school or daycare

Please understand that we will discuss vaccines with you at every well child visit. If you are firmly against vaccinations or you feel that you do not want to discuss this important health topic, then our practice may not be the best fit for you and your family.

We thank you for taking the time to review this statement. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding vaccines.

Sincerely,
The providers of North Fulton Pediatrics