Q: What is a Pediatrician?
A: A pediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of children. Pediatricians are educated and trained specifically in the health and illnesses of infants, teens and young adults. Pediatricians may be certified by the American Board of Pediatrics after passing a comprehensive exam.

Pediatricians provide preventive care for children in good health and medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill. They also provide parents with support and advice about growth and development, safety and prevention, nutrition, and emotional wellness to foster a lifetime of good health.

Q: Is your office accepting new patients?
A: Yes, we always welcome new patients.

Q: Can I meet my pediatrician before my baby is born?
A: Yes, we strongly encourage parents-to-be to visit our office for a Get Acquainted Consultation. During this visit, we will answer your questions about our practice or your new child. Click here for more information.

Q: How do I schedule an appointment?
A: Call 708-424-7600 or click here to request an appointment.

Q: How often should my child see the pediatrician?
A: Regular well-care visits are strongly recommended as part of your child’s preventive pediatric care, beginning at birth.

These routine examinations provide the best opportunity for the doctor to observe your child’s physical and mental growth and development; to counsel and teach; to detect any problems through screening and tests; to provide immunizations, and simply to get to know one another.

Well-child visits are also the best time for parents to raise questions and concerns about a child’s development, behavior, nutrition, safety and overall well-being.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this schedule for routine well-care visits:

  • 3 to 5 days
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 30 months
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • Yearly thereafter for an annual health supervision visit that includes a physical exam, developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment and any required immunizations.

Q: Why does my child need to receive vaccinations?
A: Vaccines are one of the safest and most effective methods to prevent deadly diseases, infections and serious health complications in children and young adults. Alzein Pediatric Associates advises that all children receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines provided by the AAP and the CDC.