New Baby

mom-and-baby-webWelcome to the new baby and congratulations to his or her fortunate parents. Becoming a parent is a wonderful experience that adds a challenging new dimension to your life. The physicians at Richeson Drive Pediatrics look forward to working with you to make parenthood a most rewarding experience. We hope we can provide helpful guidance.

It is normal and appropriate for parents, especially first-time parents, to have feelings of anxiety about the arrival of an infant. These feelings are intensified on the day of discharge from the hospital. We will make rounds and talk with you each day during the baby’s hospital stay. This gives us the opportunity to review important information regarding your baby and to answer all of your questions.

Our goal is to work with you in seeing that your child prospers physically and emotionally. We want to help you relax and enjoy your new baby. These visits give you the opportunity to get to know us as your pediatrician.

For the first two months, avoid crowded places like supermarkets and church nurseries. Babies are especially susceptible to infections. Postpone visitors for a few weeks. You do not want to tire yourself out playing hostess! A healthy full term infant can be taken outside whenever the weather permits.

DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO SMOKE AROUND YOUR BABY!
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Expectant Parents (Prenatal Visits)

Choosing a Pediatrician

istock_000003970829smallCongratulations on your exciting news, and thank you for visiting the Richeson Drive Pediatric website! Having a baby is a miraculous and life changing event. We are here to help you! Our family of pediatricians and nurse practitioners would be honored to welcome your family into our practice.

We’d love to meet you before your baby arrives to answer any questions you may have about our practice, the care your little one will receive here as well as general questions about what to expect when your baby is born. Please call us to set up an interview. If you don’t have a specific pediatrician in mind, let us help pair you up to ensure the best fit. Remember, it’s our pleasure to care for you and your family!

Delivery Day

When you go to the hospital on delivery day, staff will ask who you’ve chosen as your pediatrician. We will visit you and your new baby within the first 24 hours of life.

Typically, you and your baby will be seen at our office two to three days after discharge from the hospital. We are open 7 days a week so finding a convenient appointment will be easy.

Insurance

For newborns, you have thirty days to enroll your child under your health insurance policy. Please make sure your carrier knows the name of your chosen pediatrician at Richeson Drive Pediatrics.

Sick Visits

We do our very best to see every child when he or she is sick on the day you call our office. Please phone as early in the day as possible if you believe your child needs to be seen. We want to find a time that is convenient for your schedule. By being open 7 days a week, we want to be available to you when you need us!

Please feel free to contact us at (434) 385-7776 with any questions. We look forward to welcoming you as part of our practice!
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We Recommend The Following Online Resources

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General Websites

ADHD

ADHD Vanderbilt Forms

Adolescent Health

Allergy & Asthma

Autism

Autism – Local Centers and Resources

Bedwetting

Child Development and Behavioral Medicine

Dads and Kids

Dental Health

Dermatology

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Immunizations

Infectious Disease

Mental Health

Nutrition

Ophthalmology

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Safety

Sleep

Travel Information

Urology and Pediatric Surgery

Have a specific question about your child? Please Contact Our Office
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Car Seats

istock_000020487207smallWe receive many questions from our parents about car seats and what the current recommendations are. Children should be properly restrained in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt–depending on their age.

  • Rear-Facing Car Seats: Infants should stay in rear-facing car seats as long as possible. Ideally, infants should remain in rear-facing car seats until they reach 2 years of age or until the infant reaches the upper weight and height limit for that particular seat.
  • Front-Facing Car Seats: These car seats can be utilized until the children reach the height/weight limits (and this varies depending on the make/model of the car seat, so be sure to read the manual when you install the seat).
  • Booster Seats: Once children outgrow a front-facing car seat, they should use a booster seat until they are big enough for the seat belt to fit correctly. Most children need to remain in booster seats through at least 8 years of age. Children can stop using a booster seat when they can sit with their back against the seat back while their legs bend over the end of the seat. A seat belt fits properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the middle of the child’s shoulder and chest. This typically occurs when the child is 4’9” tall and between 8 and 12 years of age.
  • Back Seat: Have all children under age 13 sit in the back seat. If possible, place children in the middle of the back seat as this is safest.
  • Air Bag: Never seat a child in front of an air bag.

For more info on car safety, check out this link from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seat-Checkup.aspx

If you are unsure if your car seat is installed correctly and would like to have it checked, contact your local fire department and ask for the car seat safety inspector. Certain local fire departments have inspectors that will actually check your seat and make sure it is properly installed in your vehicle.

If you have questions about the Virginia state laws and other safety tips check this site out: http://www.dmv.state.va.us/safety/#programs/car_seats/index.asp
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Forms

Notice of Privacy Practices for Protected Health Information

Transfer Record Form Form

New Patient History Form

Virginia High School League Athletic Participation/Parental Consent/Physical Examination Form

Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form

ADHD Vanderbilt Forms

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FAQ

Questions and Answers Coming Soon
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