What Parents Need to Know About Summer Travel and the Zika Virus


As millions of Americans make summer travel plans to new and exciting places, one of the last things anyone wants to worry about is contracting a dangerous virus. This is especially true for pregnant women or those trying to become pregnant. Read more

Understanding Speech and Language Development in Children and Knowing When to Seek Treatment


A common concern we receive as pediatricians from parents of young children is whether or not their child’s speech and language are developing appropriately. Understanding a child who isn’t speaking clearly can be frustrating for not only the parent, but also the child. It can also be challenging when comparing children whose speech develops at different times. If the child is otherwise developing normally, many parents will hold off on seeking treatment. While unclear speech development can be a sign of hearing loss or other developmental delays, understanding language milestones can be a great help for parents in knowing when to seek early treatment. Read more

Five Tips to Make the Most out of a Well-Child Checkup


Making the annual trek to the pediatrician’s office for a well-child checkup is an important part of maintaining your child’s overall health. Not only does it allow the pediatric provider a chance to monitor their physical health and development, while immunizing them against certain diseases and illnesses, it also provides an opportunity to assess their cognitive and social development. Read more

The Five Most Frequently Asked Questions of New Parents


Being a parent is a big responsibility and with it comes many questions. Unfortunately, babies do not come with manuals so it is often up to the pediatric providers to provide the answers to many important questions. Here are the five most frequently asked questions we receive, as pediatricians, from new parents.

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Which insurance plans do you accept?


We accept most major medical health plans, and we make it easy for you. See our payments page. 

How soon after delivery can my baby travel?


Generally, a healthy baby may travel by car or plane soon after birth.

When can I take my baby out in public?


You can take your newborn out to a non-crowded environment at any time.

Do you perform circumcisions?


No. Hospitalists perform circumcisions in the hospital

How do you feel about homeopathy and alternative medicine?


We do not discourage the use of alternative medicine, assuming there are no harmful side effects. However, for most alternative remedies there is little scientific documentation to prove their effectiveness. It is our philosophy to avoid unnecessary medications and interventions. We feel that less is better.

What about the recent controversy surrounding immunizations?


Immunizations represent one of the most impressive medical advances of our age. Devastating diseases such as whooping cough (pertussis), meningitis, and polio, which used to claim the lives of many children, have almost disappeared. Other less severe but unpleasant diseases, such as chicken pox or the flu (influenza), can now be prevented.

Since most of the diseases against which we immunize have been largely vanquished by vaccines (and are rarely seen as a result), the media now focus more on the possible side effects of immunizations than on their benefits. Increasingly, a few pseudo-scientific publications and websites have led some parents to question the usefulness of vaccines.

Make no mistake: Failure to immunize may lead to a resurgence of epidemics, as we lose what scientists call “herd immunity.” We strongly encourage you to be highly discriminative in selecting your information on immunizations.

   
 

Rainbow Pediatrics of Fayetteville
1327 Robeson Street
Fayetteville, NC 28305
Ph: (910) 486-KIDS (5437) Fax: (910) 486-0011

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