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Q) Who do I call if my child is sick after office hours?

A) Please call our office number and our answering service will transfer your call to CHOA.
The phone triage nurse will answer any questions for you, and if necessary contact our doctor on call.

Q) What do I need to do, prior to my baby's delivery, if I choose to use Dunwoody Pediatrics as my baby's pediatrician?

A) All you need to do is let Northside Hospital know that you have chosen us as your baby's pediatrician, and they will let our doctor on call know. One of our doctor's will come to the hospital within 24 hours. If you are not a current patient of ours, please call and schedule a prenatal visit with one of our physicians, prior to your delivery date.

Q) How do I refill my child's prescription medication?

A) There are two ways to obtain refills. One is to call our office and leave a message on our prescription refill line. Your prescription will be handled within 48 hours. The other way is to email us through our website by clicking on the "Refills" link. We do require that your child receive yearly physicals and regular 6 month medication checks to have ADHD medication refilled.

Q) Can I walk-in for my child to be seen?

A) Our office is operated on an appointment basis. Walk-ins are strongly discouraged. In the event you walk-in, the next available appointment time slot will be given to your child, however scheduled appointments will be seen first.

Q) Will we see only one doctor at Dunwoody Pediatrics or can we see any doctor?

A) We recommend that you pick one of our doctors as your child's primary doctor for continuity of care and yearly checkups. However, any of our Providers are happy to see your child in the event your primary care physician is not available or has no appointments available, when your child is sick.

Q) Can my child be seen without my being present?

A) Only sick children may be seen without a parent/guardian being present and The child must be accompanied by another adult, with written permission from you. No child under the age of 16 can be seen for a yearly well checkup without a parent/guardian present. Children over the age of 16 can be seen without a parent/guardian present, if they have written permission from the parent/guardian.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot administer vaccinations to children under the age of 18 without a parent present. Failure of a parent to accompany a minor needing vaccinations or injections, will result in the patient having to return for a second visit to receive their immunizations and will require an additional Co-pay.


What is rotavirus?

Rotavirus infection is a viral infection of the digestive tract. It is the most common cause of severe diarrhea in infants and young children in the United States. Rotavirus is easily spread by hand-to-mouth contact with stool from an infected person. Most children with rotavirus diarrhea recover on their own. Some children may become very ill with severe vomiting, diarrhea, and life-threatening loss of fluids that requires hospitalization.

How do people get rotavirus infection?

Rotavirus spreads very easily. The virus is transmitted by hand-to-mouth contact with stool from an infected person. The virus can be passed from one person to another by touching a hand contaminated by the virus. The virus can also be transmitted by merely touching a surface or object that has been contaminated by an infected person. The virus then enters the body through contact with the mouth. Children can spread rotavirus both before and after they develop symptoms.

What are the signs and symptoms of rotavirus infection?

Rotavirus infection usually starts with fever and vomiting, followed by diarrhea. The diarrhea can be mild to severe and generally lasts 3-9 days. Illness usually begins 3 days after exposure. Children with severe diarrhea can lose body fluids very quickly and may need to be hospitalized for special therapy to replace fluids and restore chemical balance. The seriousness of infection generally decreases with the number of infections. First infections tend to be the most severe.

Who is at risk for rotavirus infection?

Every child is likely to be infected with rotavirus at least once in the first 5 years of life. Severe diarrhea and dehydration occur mainly in children aged 3 to 35 months. Children who have been infected once can become infected again. Older children and adults can also get rotavirus infection.

What is the treatment for rotavirus infection?

Viral infections are not treatable with antibiotics. The most effective therapy is to encourage sick children to drink fluids to avoid dehydration. However, the fluids should be given in very small amounts every 15 minutes. (Approximately 1 ounce at a time).

How can rotavirus infection be prevented?

Other than vaccination, there is no effective way to completely eliminate rotavirus infection or its spread. Washing with soaps or cleansers does not kill the virus but will help reduce the spread of infection. To prevent the spread of all diarrheal diseases, it is important to maintain strict hygienic practices at home and in day-care centers. Wash hands after using the toilet, after helping a child use the toilet, after diapering a child, and before preparing or serving food.

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