Our site provides doctor authored content about commonly asked medical questions such as newborn baby care, fevers, and colds viruses.
We continue to offer the flu shot for all patients who wish to be vaccinated. FluMist nasal vaccine is no longer available. All children under 9 years old who received the flu vaccine for the first time this year should receive a second dose at least 4 weeks after the first dose for maximum effectiveness of the vaccine.
Pre-natal classes taught by one of the doctors are now being offered periodically to introduce expectant families to the practice and review common issues surrounding newborn care.
Please call our office to find out when the next class will be offered.
We currently have 6 pediatricians at Children's Health Partners - Karen Kreiling, Laurel George, Michelle Pierce, Brooke Scherer, Janie Canner, and Radhika Shah.
The pediatricians have been trained at nationally recognized institutions throughout the country. All are board-certified in pediatrics and are affiliated with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Additionally, all are on medical staff at Edward Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
A fever is an elevation in body temperature >/= 100.4 degrees. Fevers are very common in children, and are generally not harmful unless they climb above 106 degrees (this level of fever is quite uncommon and generally only seen in the setting of heat stroke). A fever, however, is telling you that your body is reacting to something. In fact, a fever is part of your body's natural way of fighting an infection, and is likely beneficial. Often, a fever is your first warning sign that your child is becoming ill with a virus. The fever will typically last from 24-72 hours. Within that time, your child will likely develop viral symptoms, most commonly either respiratory symptoms (runny nose, cough, congestion), or gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, abdominal pain, and/or diarrhea).