We are your child’s medical home
Pediatrics is more than check ups and occasional ear infections. We aim to care for you and your child in a comfortable, familiar setting, even for things that are often considered “specialist” care. We provide comprehensive care from birth to graduation for what you child needs, inviting subspecialists onto the team when necessary. At Southwest Pediatrics, we have developed a wide variety of services to allow you to get “specialty care” in your child’s primary care medical home.
Our office provides these additional services aimed to care for your child more completely:
FOR TRUE EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL 911
You can notify us after-the-fact, but please do not delay emergency care to call us.
FOR POISONINGS/INGESTIONS, PLEASE CALL 1-800-POISON-1
Again, notify us after-the-fact so we can help you in follow-up, but please call Poison Control FIRST.
When you child is sick or injured, it is really stressful. Our providers are available to you 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days per year. Our goal is to make sure you can access the best advice from your care team any time, rather than resorting to an urgent care or ER visit, or seeking a telemedicine visit with a random provider. After our office closes at 5 pm on weekdays, our extended hours begin and extend until 8 pm. On Saturday, we have a provider in clinic from 8 am to noon. We offer both in-person AND telemedicine visits during these extended hours. However, even after our extended hours office hours end, we are available for an on-demand telemedicine visits with the on-call provider until 10 pm every day of the week.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Most cases of acne do not need management by a dermatologist. Our Pediatricians are trained to care for most common skin conditions, including acne. The majority of acne medications, except for oral/topical antibiotics, are now over-the-counter and we can help you develop a regimen that makes sense and is cost effective. If acne is severe or has a high likelihood of scarring, we will make a referral for more intensive treatment, such as Accutane.
ADHD Evaluation & Medication Management
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects about 1 in 10 kids. We are committed to meeting the needs of kids and families affected by ADHD as much as possible in our office. All of our doctors are very comfortable doing initial evaluations and initiating treatment as needed without referring to a neurologist or psychiatrist. ADHD is diagnosed clinically, meaning there are not specific “tests” that confirm the diagnosis. Instead, we obtain feedback from parents and teachers and take a lot of history; if a diagnosis is made, we then carefully consider if medical treatment would be beneficial. Whether or not medical treatment is chosen, we always focus on behavioral intervention, academic and emotional supports.
Allergy (Skin) Testing
Let’s face it: Allergies and Austin just go hand-in-hand. Allergies to cedar, pollens and molds are very common and can really reduce our quality of life. Parents also often find it challenging to differentiate colds from allergies, because symptoms are quite similar. Allergy testing can help tell the difference and gives us useful information as to how to reduce the symptoms going forward.
We worked with a local allergist to develop our skin testing program, so we use the identical procedure and technology. We can test for seasonal and food allergies for children 5 years and up. Once we find out if and what allergies are present, we can determine if allergy medication or a referral for immunotherapy (allergy shots/drops from an allergist) are appropriate for your child.
Asthma Care Clinic
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood. Pediatricians are well trained to care for almost all cases of asthma. We have the technology and experience to track and manage mild and moderate cases. We ask for help with more severe cases from our Pediatric Pulmonology colleagues. We have the ability and skill to perform and analyze Spirometry and teach you all you need to know to help manage your child’s asthma at home. Our goal is for kids with asthma to do everything they want to every single day. Asthma is common, manageable and almost always gets better with time and good care. In-person visits are usually needed for asthma, but often follow-up care, teaching, and “tune-ups” can be done via telemedicine.
Behavioral & Developmental Concerns
Pediatricians are trained and comfortable addressing many behavioral and developmental concerns. We aggressively screen for developmental delays and atypical social development from a very early age, because we value early intervention. Parents need and deserve support, coaching, and great tools to handle difficult behavior and developmental challenges. Above these, we think parents deserve to be believed and validated when they have concerns.
Because we care so deeply about your child’s emotional health and supporting you as a parent, we have added an extraordinary team of behavioral/mental health providers (Behavioral Health Team or BHT) to care for you both. Talk with your pediatrician about these issues and we are happy to make that hand off to our BHT if you or your child might benefit.
Learn more about our Behavioral Health services here.
Choosing to circumcise or choosing to not circumcise is a very personal decision and less so a medical one. In the end, we support whichever choice you make without judgment or preference. If you choose to circumcise your son, we recommend it is performed in the hospital if at all possible; it is easier on the baby and easier on you. If this is not feasible, however, we can perform a circumcision in our office within the first 2 weeks of life. If a circumcision is needed, please inform the staff when you call to make the first appointment. We will set up a first visit to examine the baby & make sure things are going well. We can discuss the circumcision procedure, risks/ benefits and then set up a circumcision appointment within the next few days.
Southwest Pediatrics is committed to your breastfeeding success and to help you reach your goals for a happy, fulfilling breastfeeding experience for you both. All of our providers are experienced with troubleshooting breastfeeding problems. When you need a little more help and support, we can also provide you with hands-on help as needed. We provide lactation and weight-check visits to check pre & post-feeding weights, problem solve and work through challenges. If formal Lactation Consultation services are needed, we have a collaboration with Breastfeeding Success Company – they see our patients in our office for your convenience Monday-Friday. https://www.bfsuccess.com/
Our board-certified Nurse Practitioner is now providing medical ear piercings. We use a topical anesthetic to make the process more comfortable, and of course, use a sterile technique. The piercing can be on a single ear or both ears, and ear lobes only! We have two different sets either gold or diamond studs, both are 24kt gold plated. This service is by appointment only (sorry, no walk-ins!).
Depression, Anxiety & Mental Health Issues
Unfortunately kids face mental health challenges too. This is tough on their parents and siblings as well as the patient. We start asking screening questions about mental health early and often. We get to know your child’s temperament and follow their social/emotional development as well as their physical growth and nutrition. We take into consideration family history, family dynamics, and other factors that increase vulnerability to depression anxiety – factors like bullying, learning differences, ADHD. When kids show early signs of depression, we intervene early with mental health assessment, support, parent coaching and, if needed, medication management. Our Behavioral Health Team (BHT) provides integrated mental and behavioral support as part of our whole-child, team approach. Most of our patients require only a few visits to stabilize and develop tools for mild-moderate symptoms. Our BHT provides relatively short-term care for patients as a bridge to longer-term care (psychiatry or long-term therapy) when necessary for more severe symptoms, as well as crisis management when thoughts of suicide or self-harm become apparent. Talk with your pediatrician to determine if these services would benefit you or your child.
Learn more about our Behavioral Health services here.