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Prenatal visit

We do our best to schedule prenatal visits so that you can meet more than one doctor at the same time. This visit is a great opportunity to ask the doctors any questions you may have, tour the office and meet our wonderful staff.

Well visit

We enjoy seeing our patients during these regular visits, building personal relationships with both the children and their parents. Complete check-ups usually includes immunizations. We follow the schedule recommended by the AAP but we will work with families that request minor modifications. You can find more information about immunizations on Immunize.org.

Sick visit

If you feel your child needs to be seen, you can schedule an appointment by calling the office during the business hours. We do everything possible to see sick children the same day. Scheduling appointments helps us with decreasing waiting times and getting you home sooner.
Our office does not accept walk-in appointments. However, if you do walk in, we will need to impose a $75.00 charge.

Immunizations

  1. DTaP (Three-in-one)
  2. Hib (Hemophilus influenzae Type B)
  3. Polio (IPV)
  4. Rotateq (Rotavirus)
  5. Prevnar (Strep. Pneumococcus)
  6. Hepatitis B (Three-Dose Schedule)
  7. Hepatitis A (Two-Dose Schedule)
  8. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Two-Dose Schedule )
  9. Chicken pox (Varicella, Two-Dose Schedule)
  10. HPV (Genital Warts/Cervical Cancer)
  11. Meningococcal Disease (Menimune or Menactra)
  12. TdaP (Booster for Diphtheria Tetanus AND Pertussis or Whooping Cough)
  13. Influenza (Flu shot or Flu mist)

We now use Pentacel (combination of DTaP, IPV and Hib) for 2, 4 and 6 month visits.

Phone Advice

If you have a non urgent question that does not require a visit you can always reach us during our business hours.

Emergency contact

In case of an emergency you should call 911. If you are not sure if an emergency room visit is needed, we carry beepers and you can reach one of the doctors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ear Piercing

Our office offers ear piercing for children ages 7 months and up in cartilage only. Please see below for more information on ear piercing at our practice.

ADHD Clinic

Now offering evaluations for ADHD by using Quotient Diagnostics system in order to reinforce diagnosis. This easy-to-administer tool uses advanced motion tracking technology to track a child’s micromovements while they complete a computerized test that takes less than half an hour.

Patient Portal

Patient portal is a useful tool for all families-you can see your child’s medical records (including forms and immunizations) at all times as well as receive and send non urgent messages to your doctor.

https://heightspediatrics.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Patient-Portal-Instructions.pdf Click here for step by step instructions to walk you through the portal.

 

Groups offered

New Mom’s Support Group

For new mother’s with infants from 0-4 months of age looking to meet with other new mom’s in the area.Groups are led by Dr.Katerina Silverblatt and Irena Kenny, PhD. Please join them as they guide you to becoming a more secure mom by having fun along the way. Bring your baby, relax and find out that you are not the only one who did not get more then 2 hours of sleep in past 2 months. Each week you will share new and different experiences and be able to ask all your questions about being a new mommy. Sessions take place on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm. Call the office for schedule and reservations. (Charge: $250)

Ear Piercing at Heights Pediatrics in Brooklyn, NY

 

The doctors at Heights Pediatrics are excited to offer this service to our patients.

We have selected the Coren PS Brand which is only available to physicians.

 

Why should I choose medical ear piercing at Heights Pediatrics?

In our office located in Brooklyn, your child will receive professional care from a pediatrician who has been trained in sterile technique and wound management.

The Coren PS Brand uses single-use cassettes which minimize the chance of infection at the piercing site and sterile gold  piercing studs which eliminates the risk of nickel allergy.  Using this system also eliminates the possibility of patient-to-patient cross-contamination because only the single-use part of the equipment ever comes in contact with the skin at the piercing site.

We also offer pre-procedure numbing cream for the ear lobe(s) (which needs to be left on for 30 minutes to be effective) in order to minimize pain during the procedure.

 

What are the age restrictions for ear piercing at Heights Pediatrics?

We recommend ear piercing occur between 6 and 7 months for infants and when school-aged children are 7 years old or older.  Waiting until children are 6 months old ensures that they have had their first set of vaccines and allows the ear to grow big enough to allow for accurate placing of the earring. We do not recommend ear piercing for children between 7 months and 7 years of age because the child must either be small enough to allow us to completely control her movements during the procedure or cooperative enough to sit still during the procedure and be capable of actively participating in aftercare. All eligible patients must be completely up to date on all vaccines.

Can I get ear piercing done at my child’s well or sick visit?

Ear piercings are only done during visits solely dedicated to the medical ear piercing procedure. We do ear piercing by appointment only and not as an “add on” to another sick or well visit.  This allows enough time to perform the procedure, explain and answer questions about the aftercare, and allow numbing cream to take effect.

Where do we pierce?

We only pierce ear lobes and only do one piercing per lobe per visit. We will perform a second, but not a third piercing, in a single ear lobe. We do not pierce ear cartilage (the upper part of the ear), noses, or belly buttons.

How much does it cost?

  • We charge $100 to pierce up to 2 ears. This price includes the piercing studs which are removed after 6-8 weeks.
  • Full payment is due when you check in for your ear piercing appointment.
  • Payment covers the cost of numbing the ear prior to the procedure, piercing the ear(s), and the ear piercing studs (which you leave in for 6 -8 weeks).
  • Six to eight weeks after the procedure the piercing studs should be removed and replaced with earrings of your choosing.

Since this is a cosmetic procedure, it will not be filed to your insurance.

Is swimming ok immediately after ear piercing?

We recommend avoiding swimming for 3 weeks after ear piercing. Chlorine from pools and bacteria in unchlorinated waters may irritate or contaminate the wound and delay healing.

What are the risks of ear piercing?

Before we start the procedure, we will ask you to sign an informed consent form that reviews the risks listed below.

  • Infection: There is a risk of infection anytime the skin is broken.  We reduce this risk significantly by using sterile technique, using sterile, single-use piercing cassettes, and providing specific aftercare instructions.
  • Pain: Even without numbing cream the pain is brief and similar to vaccine injection.  Patients who are old enough to communicate verbally sometimes say that their earlobes briefly feel warm and flushed after the procedure. In order to minimize any discomfort, our price includes the use of numbing cream.
  • Nickel allergy:  Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is an itchy rash that occurs when your skin comes in contact with a typically harmless substance. Nickel is one of the most common causes of ACD and once you develop nickel allergy you will always be sensitive to it. Unfortunately, nickel is commonly used as a metal hardener and most metals used for ear piercing contain (or “leak”) enough nickel to trigger a potential allergic reaction. Fresh piercings allow direct and constant contact between a minor open wound and the metal, which contains nickel.
  • Keloids: Keloids are shiny, smooth and rounded skin elevations, which can form at the piercing site in some patients after ear lobe piercing because of altered wound healing. Keloids tend to be familial, are more likely to occur in patients with darker skin pigmentation, and generally occur in persons 10 to 30 years of age.  In one survey of 32 patients with keloids related to ear piercing, keloids were more than three times as likely to occur when the earlobes were pierced at or after 11 years of age (80%) than before 11 years of age (24%) (Pediatrics. 2005; 115(5): 1312).

 

How do I take care of the pierced ears afterward?

  1. Clean the piercing site thoroughly twice a day, using liquid soap and clean running water at least once a day (preferably after showering or washing the hair).
  2. Dry area well with clean gauze or a cotton tip applicator and leave open to air.
  3. Leave the ear piercing studs in the ear lobe for 6-8 weeks before replacing with earrings.
  4. Rotate the studs few times a day so that they don’t stick to the skin.


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