Babies and Infants

Asthma Management

Our office is capable of managing most children with wheezing, including asthma

We are able to check oxygen saturations, do breathing treatments, and prescribe a treatment plan for your wheezing child.

Circumcision

Our physicians usually perform circumcisions for newborn males in the hospital. If a circumcision is delayed, we may do this procedure in the office. This will be discussed at an office appointment.

Circumcision is commonly performed in the newborn period. This is an elective procedure. Parents may decide whether or not to have their son circumcised. It is a debated subject and the American Academy of Pediatrics does not have a firm position. We will leave the decision up to parents entirely. Evidence suggests that a circumcision can protect against urinary tract infections in the first year of life and sexually transmitted diseases in the future.

If you choose to circumcise your son, please read more about how we do the procedure and how to care for the circumcised penis on our circumcision page.

If you choose to not circumcise your son, please read about the care of the uncircumcised penis.

Dermatology: Acne and Rashes

Most people with rashes and acne do not need to see a dermatologist. Our physicians and midlevels are able to treat most skin conditions.

Immunizations

We are able to vaccinate children not only to keep them safe from preventable disease, but also to comply with state laws for daycare and school.

Please see our Vaccines / Immunizations page for more information.

Newborn Care

We begin care of infants soon after birth. The hospitals at which we are on staff call us after the baby is delivered. One of the physicians will round daily in the hospital to check on your baby, see how feeding is going, and treat most problems that arise. Most babies are in the hospital 2-3 days and we see them on daily rounds to evaluate how they are feeding, weight loss, physical exam (including yellow jaundice), parental concerns, and other routine issues.

Hospitals where our physicians are on staff

What if my baby is premature or sick?

We do care for some babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Nursery (NICU), such as those needing antibiotics for infection, treatment of breathing problems needing oxygen, premature babies who need to learn to eat, and many other problems. We have a relationship with the Neonatologists, specialists in newborn care, at each of the hospitals so that they help care for the infants who are requiring more specialized care.

When do I bring my baby in for the first visit?

We do our initial in-office appointment 1-3 days after discharge from the hospital in most instances. This will be discussed on your discharge date from the hospital.

Weekend Coverage:

We occasionally work with physicians at Village Pediatrics to cover newborns in the hospital. Our groups are independent from one another, but we find that sharing rounding duties on weekends and holidays allows each of us to enjoy more family time, which enriches our personal lives and overall allows us to be better at our jobs. We trust that their physicians will take good care of our patients (as we do theirs) when they cover for us.

Midlevel Providers: Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Mid-level Providers

Midlevel Providers is a term used to designate providers that are not physicians, but are licensed to diagnose and treat patients under the supervision of a physician. Nurse practitioners and Physician Assistants both fall into this category of provider.

Nurse Practitioner

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed advanced education and training in the diagnosis and management of common medical conditions, including chronic illnesses. Nurse practitioners provide a broad range of health care services in all fifty states. They provide some of the same care provided by physicians and maintain close working relationships with physicians. They train in a specialized area, such as pediatrics or family practice. A nurse practitioner can serve as a patient's regular health care provider, though in our office they work in conjunction with the family's regular pediatrician. Their specialty began in the late 1960s when there were predictions of physician shortages and nurses with higher level training were afforded the ability to evaluate and treat patients with varying degrees of supervision by physicians.

The core philosophy of the field is individualized care with priorities in prevention, wellness and patient education. This can mean fewer prescriptions and less expensive treatments. Informing patients about their health care and encouraging them to participate in decisions are central to the care provided by NPs.

Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. A PA's practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.

Because of the close working relationship the PAs have with physicians, PAs are educated in the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, physician assistants take a national certification examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of PAs in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners. To maintain their national certification, PAs must log 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and sit for a recertification every six years. Graduation from an accredited physician assistant program and passage of the national certifying exam are required for state licensure.

At Pediatric Partners we use Midlevel Providers for the following:

  • Providing well-child care, including screening and immunizations
  • Diagnosing and treating acute illnesses, infections and injuries
  • Diagnosing, treating and monitoring chronic diseases (e.g., asthma)
  • Obtaining medical histories and conducting physical examinations
  • Collaborating with physicians and other health professionals as needed, including providing referrals
  • Ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic studies (e.g., lab tests, x-rays, EKGs)
  • Prescribing most medications (our Midlevels do not prescribe controlled substances, such as those used to treat ADHD... please see your physician for those visits)
  • Prescribing physical therapy and other rehabilitation treatments
  • Counseling and educating patients on health behaviors

In summary, mid-level providers provide high-quality, cost-effective individualized care that is comparable to the health care provided by physicians. Their services are usually covered by insurance providers. At Pediatric Partners, we use them as an extension of medical services provided by our physicians. They staff our walk-in clinics. You may schedule appointments as always with your usual pediatrician, but you are also able to schedule appointments with a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. This increases flexibility in scheduling for our patients. We hope that patients and their families agree that the mid-level providers add another valuable aspect to Pediatric Partners!

Prenatal Class

Pediatric Partners holds routine prenatal classes where new families are able to meet our physicians, mid-level providers (nurse practitioners/physician assistant) and some office staff. Parents can see our office and learn about our practice as well as many more topics. For more information on our classes please visit our Prental Class page.

Sick Child Care: Same Day Appointments Available

Our pediatricians and midlevels are quite comfortable managing ear infections, common colds, pneumonias, and many other illnesses.

Our urgent care walk in is available most days of the week to meet your needs. Same day sick appointments are also available if you prefer a particular provider.

Tongue Clipping

 Some babies are born with a short frenulum under the tongue. Many people refer to this condition as "tongue-tied" (medically called ankyloglossia). Sometimes affected children may have trouble feeding or later talking. If it is a problem feeding in the newborn period, some of our physicians can clip the frenulum (the part that "ties" the tongue down) and release the tongue so it can move better. We will be happy to discuss and evaluate if you feel your child will benefit from this procedure.

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Walk-In Hours for Urgent Care

We offer walk-in visits to serve patients and their families quickly when needed. One benefit of our walk-in urgent care versus the many walk-in clinics around town is that our providers have your child's chart with medical history available.

Please visit our Hours & Location page for current times, as it changes for different seasons.

Well Child Care: Birth Through College

We see babies often the first few years of life to monitor growth and development, review safety issues, and keep immunizations current. Our initial meeting of your baby is usually in the hospital within 24 hours after delivery. We see babies daily in the hospital and then 2-3 days after discharge for a weight check. Most babies need additional weight checks the first few weeks of life to be sure weight gain is appropriate.

After this time, we have routine well checks that coincide with immunization visits. These visits occur at 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, and then yearly. We believe in the "medical home" concept that has grown recently. Children deserve a medical home — a place where their care is accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective.

Schools, daycares, scouting, athletics, and other organizations often require health forms to be completed prior to participation. Please visit our forms page for forms you can download prior to your visit.

Kansas state law requires all high school athletes to have a sports physical after May 1st and before the sport season begins. Please plan accordingly if you have a teen in sports. Insurance only allows one well visit per year! Visit our forms page for links to forms you may need.