Please take a moment to read our most commonly asked questions. We're always available to answer your questions and encourage you to contact our office if you have a question that is not answered below.
Q: What is a Pediatrician?
A: A pediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of infants, children, adolescents and young adults through the end of college. Pediatricians have undergone special training in the health and illnesses of these age groups. The majority of pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics after passing a comprehensive exam.
Pediatricians provide preventive health 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 with issues such as growth and development, behavior, safety and prevention, nutrition, educational challenges, the birds & the bees issues and emotional wellness to foster a lifetime of good health.
Q: Can I meet my pediatrician before my baby is born?
A: Yes, in fact we strongly encourage parents-to-be to arrange an appointment in your home with Dr. T for a prenatal visit in advance of your delivery date. This is a great way to get acquainted with Dr. T. During this visit, he will answer any questions that you have about our practice or your new child. Visit our expectant parent's page for more information.
Q: How often do you schedule well-checks for my baby's first year?
A: Your child should not only see the pediatrician for an illness. It is also important to schedule well-child-care exams regularly, beginning in infancy. Also called well-care visits or checkups, these routine preventive-health care examinations provide the best opportunity for the doctor to observe the progress of your child's physical and mental growth and development; to counsel and teach parents; to detect problems through screening tests; to provide immunizations, and to get to know one another. Well-care visits are strongly recommended as part of preventive pediatric care.
Well-child visits are also a good time for parents to raise questions and concerns about a child's development, behavior, nutrition, safety, educational needs, the birds & bees issues, gender orientation 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
- And once every year thereafter for an annual health supervision visit that includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, emotional and learning assessment.
Q: What is the best way to schedule an appointment with your practice?
A: You can schedule an appointment by calling Dr. T directly during regular business hours, or by requesting an appointment by text or email. If you are not yet a patient in the practice with Dr. T's direct cell phone number, you can call the practice main number, (404) 654-0426, and speak with the practice manager, Shelly, to discuss your needs.
Q: Is your practice accepting new patients?
A: Yes, we always welcome new patients. Contact our practice at (404) 654-0426 for additional information or to request an initial appointment.
Q: Why does my child need to receive vaccinations?
A: Immunizations are a series of shots and oral drops given to infants and children at different ages to help prevent serious, and potentially fatal, childhood diseases. Making sure your child receives immunizations when scheduled 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 discuss your concerns with Dr. Tanenbaum. However, should you wish to postpone, delay or defer immunizations, our waiting room is your home and therefore, is the safest waiting room in the city. We are always happy to discuss the pros & cons of life-saving immunizations with parents.
Q: Do you have separate waiting rooms for well-checks and sick children?
A: As you may have deduced, Dr. T does NOT have an office, but sees his patients in there homes. So keeping sick and well children separate from each other is a matter particular to each family household.
Q: What is your policy for after-hour emergencies or if I have a quesiton after hours?
A: Dr. T is generally available for after-hour communications 24/52/365. However, there are times when the doctor won't be able to answer his phone, e.g. when the bride is coming down the aisle. In these situations the doctor's Voice Mail message will explain which physician colleague is covering the practice. If the matter is not urgent, Dr. T should call back as the social function or conference he is attending permits over the next few hours. But if you have an urgent need, please leave him a message anyway on his Voice Mail, BUT then call the on-call physician identified on his Voice Mail message for guidance.
Q: Which children's hospital(s) do you use?
A: Dr. T is on staff at Scottish Rite and Egleston_Children's HealhtCare of Atlanta.
Q: I plan to give birth at Northside Hospital (Atlanta Medical Center, Dekalb General Hospital, or Emory Midtown), does Dr. T have privileges there? If not, who will see my new baby there?
A: Dr. T is on staff at most of these hospitals and will visit you in the hosptial to congratulate you and visit the baby. Dr. T expects that each facility's newborn pediatric hospitalist will be primarily responsible for your baby's care to insure that this healthcare is a covered insurance benefit. Dr. T is an out-of-network physician and as a non-contracted physician with your insurer, he does not wish to jeapordize your insurance coverage for your baby's nursery stay.
Q: When the hospital facility's pediatrician sees my baby in the hospital, what are the typical newborn procedures that will be done?
A: The recommended procedures in all certified birthing facilities are these:
- a shot of Vitamin K to prevent bleeding disorders in infancy,
- antibiotic eye ointment to prevent certain eye infections that once were a common cause of blindness, but now because of this preventive therapy are very rare.
- a Newborn Metabolic Screening Test, once called the PKU, done after 24 hours of age & before discharge to discover rare metabolic diseases that could cause brain damage if not identified early and treated,
- a Hepatitis B immunization shot before discharge to prevent your baby acquiring Hepatitis B liver disease from well people who don't even know they are carriers of the virus,
- a Critical Heart Disease screening test which is completely painless to detect rare serious heart disease before the baby is critically ill to allow early repair,
- circumcision of males by mother's OB after obtaining permission that this is the parents' wish,
- and a newborn hearing screen prior to discharge. In addition breastfeeding consultation services are available for nursing mothers duirng post-partum recovery and following discharge home.
Q: If my child has special needs (disabled, premature/cleft palate...), what experience does Dr. T have in scaring for my child's needs? Or would he refer to a specialist? If so, who?
A: Dr. T has been in pediatric practice for over 30 years. His training and experience make him well prepared to recognize, treat and/or refer as is appropriate for a large variety of newborn issues as well as for older children and young adults with challenged abilities. Dr. T has many professional relationships with colleagues in pediatric specialties in Metro Atlanta. Today healthcare is often a team effort requiring professionals from many fields. Dr. T enjoys functioning as a health coordinator in center court when complex health teams are needed for children with special health care needs.
Q: How long are routine check ups or visits for illness?
A: Dr. T asks that parents set aside 1-2 hours for most house call visits whether sick or well. This usually allows for the time needed to talk about your child's issues and perform a physical exam to answer your questions and formulate a plan of treatment and follow up.
Q: Are there Nurse phone lines for questions during and after daytime hours?
A: No. Dr. T does not have nursing staff. His Office Manager, Shelly, is available by phone to help with administrative/secretarial issues. Dr. T is available by phone, text email to address your questions as needed. Skype, Google Hangout and FaceTime can be arranged for Video communications when needed. Non-urgent communications are encouraged to be held during normal daytime office hours, but urgent issues can be addressed at anytime.
Q: What training/experience does Dr. T have in diagnosing and treating ADD, Hyperactivity, Dyslexia, Anorexia or other disorders? Does he offer natural alternatives to conventional medications/prescriptions?
A: Dr. T has had over 30 years experience in identifying and treating these disorders and is famillar with a large panel of professionals to assist in this effort. For many of these conditions, it does take a village to help a child or yound adult find success in life. Dr. T prefers to use science-evidenced based interventions, but is not against parental interests in using "natural" remedies, however, these "natural" remedies are usually not initiated by the doctor himself but by others on the Healthcare Team.
Q: What is the procedure for filing insurance?
A: Dr. T as an out-of-network physician does not take or file insurance. He does provide an itemized statement with appropriate insaurance coding for parents or their designate to file with the insurer. Dr. T does have a biller who will gladly complete the insurance claim for parents if authorized and mail to the insuance company. Any insurance payment created by the insurer goes directly to the family, NOT the doctor.
Q: If I choose to delay solid food for the first 9-months of life, to not vaccinate, to not circumcise...(whatever), will I be supported & receive good information about caring for my child?
A: Dr. T views his role as one of educating, discussing the pros & cons of options, and recommending among these options which is best supported by sound evidence or scientific concensus. He views the parents' role as the decision-makers charged with the awesome responsibility to do what they feel is in the best interest of their child. Dr. T will always strive to offer his best information about the topic at hand and if not known to him, will search out the best answer from the scientific literature available to him to share with parents. Dr. T will offer knowledge and with knowledge comes power, and as stated in the first Spiderman movie, "With great power, comes great responsibility." He cannot promise to support all "whatevers" but he is certainly willing to entertain them and offer his best advice to his families.
Q: I plan to exclusively breastfeed my baby for at least one-year as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. What type of suppor/education/information can I expect to receive from the Priority Pediatrics?
A: Dr. T is fully supportive of nursing babies. His wife nursed their daughter until age three (not her only food substrate at that time, howver). He will educate and support a mother's effort to nurse. Dr. T works well with many of the lactation counselors in the Metro area. Mother's who choose to formula feed their babies will also have Dr. T's full support.