The doctor will see you now
Up all night with a sick child? Dealing with tummy aches, sore throat, or even a fever? Some symptoms will always trigger a visit with the doctor, including earaches, difficulty breathing, sore throat, fever, or lethargy.
If you fear your child is experiencing a life-threatening illness, please call 911 immediately or proceed to the emergency room.
For all other health related matters, from illness to check-ups, you can schedule an appointment or even walk in for a same-day visit at either one of our El Paso locations. If your child is already a patient, just log on via the patient portal to ask for a time to meet with the doctor. You can also call us at (915)821-5900.
WHAT TO EXPECT
At Cornerstone Pediatrics, we strive to create a warm, safe, and friendly environment for our patients and their families. From the moment you step through our door, you will be treated with kindness and professionalism.
Throughout our entire intake and examination process, we will make sure to answer questions, provide information, and calm any fears or concerns. We strive to foster strong relationships with our patients and their families because to us, your child isn’t just a name on a chart, they are part of the Cornerstone Pediatrics family.
During our initial prenatal visit, we begin by getting to know the parents. We will answer any questions and provide you with information on what you can anticipate after your child is born. We will also work with you to set up a regular appointment schedule so that we can help your baby thrive.
As your child grows, well-child checkups will become the first line of defense. From pre-pubescence to the teen years, your pediatrician will monitor growth and development, provide recommending screenings and immunizations, and supply expert guidance and the latest health information.
REGULAR APPOINTMENTS ARE IMPORTANT
Your child shouldn’t see the doctor only during illness or emergency. Regular checkups with your pediatrician keep your child safe and healthy. Beginning in infancy, your child should be examined by a physician routinely, based on the recommended schedule put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
During these regularly scheduled well-care visits, your doctor will observe and review your child’s physical and mental progress, counsel parents on best health care practices, provide immunizations, and detect potential problems through recommending medical tests and screenings. Well-child visits are also a good time for parents to raise questions and concerns about a child’s development, behavior, nutrition, safety and overall well-being.
Well-care visits are strongly recommended as part of preventive pediatric care. Regularly contact with our patients helps us build a strong relationship and allows us to provide comprehensive pediatric care for all stages of your child’s life.
SICK BABY VISITS
We make every effort to schedule appointments for all sick children on the day we receive a call or walk-in patient. If possible, we do ask that you call to ahead to schedule an appointment ahead of time so that we can minimize your waiting time once you arrive at our office.
What does FAAP stand for?
FAAP stands for Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. A pediatrician who has obtained FAAP designation has received board certification in pediatrics and made an ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and advocacy for children.
What is Board Certification?
Certification by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has one objective- to promote excellence in medical care for children. Certification represents a dedication to the highest level of professionalism in patient care. ABP certification provides a standard of excellence by which public can select pediatricians.
Can I meet my pediatrician before my baby is born?
Yes, in fact, we strongly encourage parents-to-be to visit our office for a prenatal appointment. This is an excellent way to get acquainted with our office and our providers. During this visit, we will answer any questions that you have about our practice or your new child.
How often should my child see the doctor?
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
And once every year after that for an annual health supervision visit that includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment.
What is the best way to schedule an appointment with your office?
You can schedule an appointment by calling our office during regular business hours, or by requesting an appointment online through the Patient Web Portal.
Is your office accepting new patients?
Yes, we always welcome new patients. Contact our office for additional information or request an appointment and registration forms.
Why does my child need to receive vaccinations?
Immunizations involve the administration of a vaccine, usually as a shot, to stimulate the body’s own immune response to protect from subsequent infection or disease. The CDC recommends a series of immunizations starting at birth as a way to protect young children from serious and potentially fatal communicable diseases including mumps, measles, and chickenpox
Making sure follow the recommended immunization schedule is the best way to help protect your child from potentially fatal diseases. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, vaccinations have reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90%. If you’re apprehensive about vaccinations, please do not hesitate to contact our office for more information or to schedule a consultation.
Does the clinic see new ADHD/ADD patients?
Yes, forms are required to be filled out by parents and teachers.
Routine infant care.
Regular child and adolescent care, 0 years old to 20 years old
Consistent management of chronic health problems for infants, children, and adolescents.
School, sports, and camp physicals.
Social work services
Same-day sick visits
Same-day well child checkups visits
Expectant parent visits
Minor procedures and injury treatment
Hearing, vision, and developmental screenings
Newborn ear piercing
Flu shot clinics
24-hour telephone coverage
COMMON ILLNESS THAT ARE EITHER DIAGNOSED, TREATED OR MANAGED
Allergic Rhinitis (Allergies)
Allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to inhaled substances. There are two main types: seasonal allergic rhinitis and perennial allergic rhinitis. Symptoms may include sneezing, itchy eyes, and hoarseness.
Asthma is inflammation of the airways in your lungs.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) inhibits the ability to focus and control impulses. People with ADHD may also be overly active. Many call this condition attention deficit disorder or ADD.
Inflammation or swelling of the bronchial tubes (bronchi), the air passages between the mouth and nose and the lungs causing shortness of breath, wheezing, low fever, and chest tightness.
Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
Conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye, is a common eye infection, especially in children. It affects the tissue inside the eyelid and on the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis usually does not affect vision.
A chronic cough, which lasts for weeks and affects your child’s quality of life, can have many causes.
Developmental disorders, also known as pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), include autism, childhood disintegrative disorder, and Rett’s syndrome. These disorders cause delays in the development of children’s socialization and communication skills. Although symptoms may appear as early as infancy, a PDD is typically diagnosed around age three, when parents start to notice unusual behaviors or issues with their child’s development.
Frequent ear infections (otitis media), one of the most common childhood infections.
Influenza, or the flu, is a viral respiratory infection that is usually spread through the air, entering the body through the nose or mouth. Symptoms, which come on suddenly, include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, cough and sore throat.
Head lice are parasitic insects that infest hair and feed on small amounts of blood from the scalp.
Strep is a contagious infection in the throat or tonsils caused by group A strep bacteria.
OTHER COMMON ILLNESS
Pneumonia, Croup, Rheumatic Fever, Sepsis, Pharyngitis, Dysphagia, Diabetes, Atopic dermatitis, Kawasaki disease, Febrile seizure, Sever’s disease, Sickle cell disease, Obesity, Cerebral palsy, Hemolytic uremic syndrome, Appendicitis, Inflammatory bowel disease, Exanthem, Foreign Body, Bacterial arthritis, Nephrotic Syndrome, Intussusception, Congenital heart defects, Airway Obstruction, Pyloric stenosis, Epilepsy, Head injury, Mastoiditis.
TIPS FOR SUCCESFUL VISIT
To help us spend more time with your child, and less time tracking down paperwork or readjusting appointments, we ask that you plan ahead and schedule routine examinations in advance. Please have all your insurance paperwork available, along with immunization records, digital records, and your insurance card and photo identification. You can also find our intake forms on our website, or print them out via the patient portal.
A note about insurance: While insurance and Medicaid generally cover routine well-child checkups, having up to date information on your coverage will help us manage any unexpected charges, changes in co-pays or other issues.
Finally, promptness is appreciated! The doctor and his team make every effort to see all patients on time, with minimal waiting. To ensure our office runs smoothly, and that everyone gets enough time with their caregiver, we ask that you arrive at your designated appointment time, or notify us as soon as possible if you are late or unable to honor your appointment. In preparation for the exam, please dress your child in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Call us anytime during regular office hours at 915-821-5900 to discuss your child, ask questions, or schedule an appointment. You may also access your records, print out forms and schedule appoints via our Patient Web Portal.