The Pediatric Center of Stamford is now part of Stamford Health Medical Group.
Looking for a pediatrician or need to make an appointment?
Please Note: Walk-in Visits Temporarily Suspended
We at SHMG Pediatrics have been carefully following the available medical information regarding COVID-19. This situation is unprecedented. However, we are confident that if everyone does what they can, we will make this a more manageable problem. The most recent data suggests that children seem to have fewer and more mild infections than adults. Nevertheless, we need to be prepared because many more infections will be identified in our area over the next few weeks. Children may be acting as a reservoir and spreading the virus to the more vulnerable.
On the recommendation of our local health authorities, here are some steps we have taken to keep your child, our staff, and our community safe and healthy:
- We have canceled all walk-in visits until further notice (anyone who walks in will be asked to leave and call to arrange a visit)
- All visits to the office need to be scheduled in advance
- Our nurses and doctors will triage all sick patients by phone. If it is determined that your child has a fever and a possible viral illness, we will strongly encourage treatment at home without a visit to the office or to the ER. At this time, kids with minor respiratory illnesses do not need to be automatically tested for Coronavirus.
- If it is determined that your child needs to be seen by a doctor and there is concern about a viral or contagious illness, you will be advised to go to the Stamford Hospital ER. They have constructed a separate fast track area. In this area your child will be safely evaluated by a doctor, and appropriate testing will be carried out. (This may be for Flu and this may be for Coronavirus). At that time, you and your family may be instructed to self-quarantine. The regular pediatric ER area is also open.
- Remember it is generally safer to manage relatively minor illness at home
- We are continuing to see well checks and non-contagious acute visits at the office ….by appointment.
- Please reschedule well exams if your child is mildly ill.
- Please bear with our staff as we all try to navigate these new recommendations.
Some suggestions to keep your child and your family healthy.
- Good hand hygiene
- Encourage your child to wash their hands with soap and water frequently (for at least 20 seconds) or use hand sanitizer. Have them avoid shaking hands, elbow bumps are a good substitute
- Teach proper sneeze and cough etiquette, that is into the crook of your elbow
- Social distancing (we know….how do you do this with a three year old?)
- Keep possibly contaminated surfaces clean with an appropriate cleaning product
- Get a Flu shot if available (the season is still active)
- We will be limiting the toys in our waiting areas & rooms to decrease cross-contamination. Please feel free to bring in your child’s own toys for safe play.
(As information from the CDC, CT Department of Health, and local health authorities changes, we will update this information as well.)
From infancy through the teenage years and beyond, your children’s health needs are constantly changing. As pediatricians and parents ourselves, we want to see children thrive, succeed, develop, and most of all, enjoy life to the fullest.
When you’re looking for a pediatrician, you want someone who’s easy to talk to, focused and committed to every aspect of your child’s well-being through all life’s stages.
Stamford Health Medical Group’s pediatricians have decades of experience and have the qualities you’re looking for in a trusted care partner. While pediatric medicine is ever-changing, our principle philosophies remain the same for your child and for your family:
- We believe in a team approach to treating children—that’s why you can depend on Stamford Health Medical Group’s pediatricians to ensure excellent and evidence-based care for your child.
- We’re a designated Patient-Centered Medical Home, a personal model of healthcare that leads to better outcomes.
- Preventive medicine is the best treatment against serious diseases.
- We firmly believe in the effectiveness and safety of vaccines. Vaccines are essential in protecting your child, your family and the community. All children and young adults should receive the recommended immunizations according to the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Your Child's First Visit
Do you have a newborn?
If you’re the parent, or about to be the parent of a newborn, congratulations! The labor and delivery team at Stamford Hospital will let us know your baby has arrived.
- At the time of delivery, you will be asked to designate a pediatrician for the care of your baby. When you mention our names, as pediatricians at the Stamford Health Medical Group, the hospital team will make sure to contact us for you. No further registration is needed.
- A pediatrician will meet you and your baby at Stamford Hospital the morning after you’ve given birth to do an initial assessment.
- If you’re having your baby at a hospital other than Stamford, please ask the hospital staff to fax your child’s medical records to our office.
Learn more about tests and vaccines for your baby right after birth.
Do you have an older child?
If you're new to town or transferring from another practice, we would like to welcome you and your older child. We'll ask you to register your child by filling out forms that our staff will provide.
Your Child's Well Visit
Your Infant’s Well Visits
The first office visit for your baby is usually 2-4 days after your baby leaves the hospital. At this visit, we’ll:
- Check your baby’s weight.
- Perform a physical exam.
- Answer any questions you may have about your baby’s development.
Following this initial visit, we will see your baby as needed or until he or she begins to eat and gain weight at a consistent pace.
- Depending on your baby's specific needs, we may see him or her daily or every few days for his or her first two weeks of life.
- Once we're comfortable your baby is growing well, we will then schedule visits for the following ages: 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months and 30 months.
Regular well care and immunizations are key to keeping your baby healthy, monitoring development and preventing illness. We will work with you to schedule well-child visits at the ages recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Please note: we require that your children have completed their entire primary vaccines by 2 years of age at the latest. If you’re concerned about any of the vaccines, please contact us. If you absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child, we will ask you to find another pediatric practice that shares your philosophy
Your Toddler or Older Child’s Well Visits
- After the three-year checkup, we like to see children for a yearly exam until they turn five.
- From age five until puberty, we still prefer to see your child once a year for exams, but please check with your insurance provider about coverage.
- If your child has ongoing or new medical conditions or takes daily or frequent medication, we may need to see your child more frequently.
Your Teenager’s Well Visits
During the teen years, we suggest annual exams. One of our primary functions as pediatricians is counseling and guidance during what can be an emotionally challenging time for both adolescent boys and adolescent girls. We strive to maintain trusting doctor-patient relationships with adolescents as they navigate their new growth and development.
Your Child's Sick Visit
Sick visits are available by appointment, usually the same day you call, or by walk-in during designated walk-in hours. You may always request a specific doctor when making a scheduled sick appointment (i.e. not during walk-in hours) if he or she is available.