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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often will my child need to see a pediatrician?
A: Your child will need to see his or her pediatrician for regular physicals frequently during the first two years of life. After the age of two, an annual physical is recommended. For a schedule of recommended physicals, read Planning Your Visit »

Q: How should I select a pediatrician?
A: Because of the important role a pediatrician plays in your child’s health, it is important to choose someone who will be available for questions, is conveniently located and shares your values. Read more on Finding a Pediatrician »

Q: My child has a cold. Can I give him some of my cold medicine?
A: Children should not be given medication not intended for their age. Be sure to learn about proper dosage before giving your child any medication and, when in doubt, always ask your child’s pediatrician.

Q: What are the proper dosages for Tylenol, Advil and/or Motrin for my child?
A: Proper dosing will depend on your child's age and weight. Refer to the dosing sheets for recommended dosing amounts of Tylenol, Advil and/or Motrin. As stated above, if you have any questions, talk to your pediatrician.

Q: When should I schedule an appointment versus taking my child to the emergency department?
A: Read our page on when to visit to learn the signs.

Q: What if I have concerns about immunizations?
A: Please speak with your child’s pediatrician before deciding not to vaccinate your child. There is no evidence that receiving more than one immunization at a time causes any harm to your child, nor will they cause autism. Choosing not to vaccinate your child puts him or her at serious risk for illness. See the recommended immunization schedule »

Q: How can I make sure that my child is ready to go back to school?
A: Before your child returns to school, schedule a routine checkup, make sure any immunizations are up-to-date and have any required forms filled out. To lessen stress for you and your child, have plans in place for sick days, sleep and academics. Read more back-to-school tips »

Q: Do your offices offer walk-in hours?
A: Absolutely! Our offices offer walk-in hours in your neighborhood, so your child can start feeling better faster. Find a location with walk-in availability »

Q: I had to schedule an appointment with a different physician at the same office for my child. Will she be able to access my child's medical record?
A: Yes, through our state-of-the-art electronic medical record system, any NorthShore pediatrician or specialist will be able to access your child's health records.

Q: What items in my home might be dangerous for my child?
A: Learn about baby-proofing you home, preventing illness and poisoning on our Safety Concerns page.

Q: Other children in my child’s daycare seem to be developing ahead of my child. How do I know if my child has a developmental disability?
A: Every child is different. Ask your pediatrician if you are concerned about your child’s development. Should testing be recommended, NorthShore’s team of specialists will be there to guide you through testing, diagnosis, treatment and planning for the future.

Q: My child has a physical scheduled, and I am unable to attend. Can I send her in alone?
A: Children under the age of 17 cannot consent to treatment or vaccines themselves unless it falls under a condition that emancipates the minor, such as pregnancy or an sexually transmitted infection (STI). Please contact your physician’s office if a parent/guardian cannot accompany the child on a visit.