Pediatrics

WELCOME

Here at West Seattle Natural Medicine, we believe in holistic quality care and look forward to providing this care to you over the years. Starting early with proper nutrition and a clean environment help pave the foundation for optimal health in the years to come. We hope to help you along this journey and serve as a resource and educator to you along the way as well.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

West Seattle Natural Medicine provides healthcare for the whole family.  During the newborn period, parents have many questions about their babies.  Dr.Dortero will take time to help you understand the normal growth and development of your baby.   Throughout your child’s care, you will be introduced to a naturopathic way of viewing children’s health, including “healthy” illnesses, promoting a healthy diet and lifestyle for your growing child.  We will utilize “low force” interventions when your child needs treatment, and strive to avoid the use of chemicals, drugs and surgery whenever possible.

Some unique aspects of choosing naturopathic pediatric care include a focus on breastfeeding, smart introduction of solid foods and an open, ongoing discussion about vaccination choices.  We will work with you to guide your child toward healthy choices as he or she grows, and will always honor your child’s innate ability to heal her/himself.

SCHEDULING:

We recommend the standard schedule of well child check ups.  These visits are scheduled to help your doctor assess your child’s growth and development over time.  They also present an opportunity for you to ask questions about concerns like breastfeeding, immunizations, sleeping, teething and social skills.  We advise you to schedule your well child check ups a month in advance.

Well child visits in the first year are at the following ages:  Between 1-2 weeks of age, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months.  During the second year of life routine visits are scheduled at 12 months, 15 months and 18 months.  Beginning at 2 years, visits occur yearly.  Additional visits may be scheduled to follow up on concerns about growth, development or physical complaints.

Every effort is made to schedule same day visits for sick kids.  If your child is sick, please call early in the day to schedule a visit.  Babies under 3 months of age always need to be seen if they develop a fever or if they are lethargic and uninterested in eating.

Pediatric First Office Visit Form

FEES:

Routine well child visits generally cost about $140, with the first visit being slightly more expensive.  If your child is seen for another reason, fees depend on services provided.  Generally, these visits can vary from $75-$140.

If you have health insurance, you will need to notify your health plan when your baby is born.  Most newborns are covered under their parent’s insurance for 21 days or more, but every plan is different.  It is also useful to find out your insurance plans’ coverage for “preventive health care”, or “well child visits”.

VACCINATIONS:

Our philosophy regarding vaccinations is that parents must become informed and make their own decision about whether to vaccinate their children.  We provide extensive information and frequent discussions regarding the diseases for which we have vaccines, the controversies and concerns about those vaccines, common and uncommon side effects and vaccine efficacy.  You will neither be pressured to vaccinate or not to vaccinate your child.  Our advice to you about vaccinations will be individualized to your family’s lifestyle, health status and philosophy or spiritual beliefs.  You will be offered all routine vaccinations for your child.

REFERRALS AND HOSPITALIZATIONS:

When a child becomes acutely ill and needs specialized care we often consult with, and refer to, physicians at Children’s hospital or other pediatricians in the community.  We can arrange care with a staff hospital physician if hospitalization should be needed.

AFTER HOURS CARE:

We expect that you will have many questions. Most parents find it reassuring that our practice is covered 24 hours a day by one of our physicians, or occasionally a back up ND.  It is our intention that you feel well supported in your parenting journey.

Children’s hospital  offers web based health advice to help determine when your child should be seen. These topics are intended to help you determine how sick your child is and if you need to call your child's doctor. Their second purpose is to help you treat your child at home when it is safe to do so. www.seattlechildrens.org (then choose child health advice). This is fantastic resource for determining if and when your child needs to be seen by a physician!

Children's Urgent Care Clinic is open for appointments evenings, weekends and holidays. When our office is closed, Children's experienced team can provide care for your child’s illness or injury, such as earache or fever, that is not urgent but can’t wait for routine office assessment or care.

TELEPHONE ACCESS

Call the clinic during business hours. M-F 9am-6pm and Saturday 9-3. We welcome your questions and are here to help you in your important task of raising a happy, healthy child. Non-urgent phone calls and emails will be returned within 24-48 hours.

URGENT MATTERS during business hours:

Call the clinic and ask the reception to have one of the doctors interrupted.

URGENT MATTERS after business hours:

Option 1) If a non-emergency medical problem arises after routine office hours, call our regular office phone number 206.938.1393 and it will direct you to the on-call physician. Please note there is a $40 fee for contacting the physician after-hours. Please respect our physicians and use this for urgent concerns only! This is a direct fee not covered by insurance.

Option 2) Check with your personal insurance company as many have a consulting nurse telephone.

Option 3) 24 hour free telephone advice is available from the Harborview Hospital Resource Nurse triage team at (206)744.2500

Children's Urgent Care Clinic is open for appointments evenings, weekends and holidays. When our office is closed, Children's experienced team can provide care for your child’s illness or injury, such as earache or fever, that is not urgent but can’t wait for routine office assessment or care.

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