Welcome 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
Congratulations 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!
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.
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.
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
- American Academy of Pediatrics http://healthychildren.org
- KidsHealth http://kidshealth.org
- MedlinePlus (National Institute of Health) http://medlineplus.gov/
ADHD Vanderbilt Forms
- About-Face.org http://about-face.org/ A resource that promotes positive body image and self esteem in girls and young women through media, outreach and activism.
- KidsHealth for Teens http://kidshealth.org/teen/ A great site for teenagers that covers general medical topics.
- NIMH Site for Eating Disorders http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disorders/index.shtml A site dealing with accurate information about eating disorders.
Allergy & Asthma
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology http://www.aaaai.org/patients.stm
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America http://www.aafa.org/index.cfm
- Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network http://www.foodallergy.org/
Autism – Local Centers and Resources
- Centra Autism and Developmental Services
- Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center
- VCU Autism Center for Excellence
- Bedwetting Store http://www.bedwettingstore.com
- PottyMD http://www.pottymd.com This site by a pediatric urologist provides information and products related to bedwetting and urinary and bowel problems in children.
Child Development and Behavioral Medicine
- Pathways.org | Tools to maximize child development
- Autism Society http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer
- Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) http://www.chadd.org/
- Dyslexia http://www.interdys.org/
- Learning disabilities http://www.ldonline.org/
Dads and Kids
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry http://www.aapd.org/
- Toothbrushing Tunes Kids (and Parents) Will Love
- American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org/public/index.html
- National Eczema Center http://www.nationaleczema.org/
- Celiac Disease Foundation http://www.celiac.org/
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome http://www.ibsgroup.org/ibsassociation
- CDC Parent’s Guide to Childhood Immunizations http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/parents-guide/default.htm
- Vaccine Safety (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/index.html
- Vaccinate Your Baby www.vaccinateyourbaby.com
- Centers for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov
- Health Information for International Travel http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx
- Anxiety http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml
- Depression http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/
- National Institute of Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
- Bone health http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/milk_bone_health.cfm
- Breastfeeding http://www.kellymom.com/
- Diet and nutrition http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/Diet_and_Nutrition.cfm
- Healthy Weight http://cdc.gov/healthyweight/ How to determine what is a healthy weight, diet, BMI.
- American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus http://www.aapos.org/
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
- Concussions http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/concussion/DS00320
- Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America http://www.posna.org/parents/parents.cfm
- Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov/
- Internet Safety http://www.netsmartz.org/index.aspx
- Lead Poisoning http://www.epa.gov/lead/
- Poison Control http://www.poison.org/
- Safe Kids http://www.usa.safekids.org/
- Toxic Chemicals and Environmental Health Risks http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/
- Sleep Education http://sleepeducation.com/ American Academy of Sleep medicine. Educational website for the parents
- International Travel http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx
- WHO travel information http://www.who.int/ith/en/
Urology and Pediatric Surgery
- American Pediatric Surgical Association http://www.eapsa.org/Resources.htm
- Pediatric Urology http://urology.jhu.edu/pediatric/
Have a specific question about your child? Please Contact Our Office
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We 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:
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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ADHD Vanderbilt Forms
Questions and Answers Coming Soon
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