In addition to providing routine pediatric care for our patients, Doctors’ Pediatric also offers the following services:
Dr. Meredith Renda offers lactation services as a Certified Lactation Specialist. Not only does she have experience on a professional level, Dr. Renda also has personal experience, having breastfed all three of her children, including twins. Breastfeeding has always been one of Dr. Renda’s passions, and she is very excited about this program.
All mothers that wish to breastfeed in any capacity will have an automatic one time visit with a lactation specialist between day of life 5 and 8 for baby. This will serve as a weight check as well as lactation support. Babies will go back to their primary doctor for all other visits.
Support Services for Mom and Baby
- Breastfeeding guidance (latching, positioning, etc.)
- Breast pump instruction (pumping and building a supply, returning to work)
- Solution to breastfeeding issues (engorgement, soreness, plugged ducts)
- Emotional support
- Milk Supply concerns
- Breastfeeding Multiples
- Resolutions to poor weight gain in baby
- Proper weaning techniques
In addition to Dr. Renda, Drs. Agoglia (in Ridgefield) and Macken (in Wilton) are available to serve in a supportive role when breastfeeding issues arise. They work closely with Dr. Renda in this endeavor.
ImPACT is a sophisticated, research-based computer test developed to help clinicians evaluate an individual’s or athlete’s recovery following concussion. ImPACT is a 20-minute neurocognitive test that has been scientifically validated to measure the effects of sports related concussion. In the preseason, each athlete is given a baseline test. If a concussion is suspected, a follow-up test is administered to see if the results have changed from the baseline. This comparison helps clinicians to diagnose and manage the concussion. Follow-up tests can be administered over days or weeks so clinicians can continue to track the individual’s or athlete’s recovery from the injury.
Spirometry is a test designed to help physicians evaluate how well a child is able to move air through the lungs. We use sophisticated equipment designed for children and all our testing is performed by trained individuals.
Spirometry enables the physician to look for signs of obstructive airway disease such as asthma, as well as provide clues to underlying central airway obstruction or restrictive lung disease. Doing Spirometry before and after use of a bronchodilator (ie. albuterol) provides us with information about the ability of the bronchodilator to reverse small airway obstruction.
At each visit that spirometry is done, time will be taken to educate families about their child’s respiratory condition. This includes a thorough discussion of their symptoms, their medications, instruction on how to use their medications, and developing an Asthma Action Plan if warranted.
An Asthma Action Plan (or management plan) is a written plan that you develop with your child’s doctor to help control your child’s asthma. The goal of an asthma action plan is to reduce or prevent flare-ups and ER visits through day to day management. Having a written step-by-step plan in place provides clear instructions so you and your child can:
- Avoid triggers
- Identify early symptoms of a flare up and treat them to prevent the flare up from getting worse
- Know how to manage a full blown flare up
- Know when to seek emergency care
If your child has been on a breathing medication (nebulizer or inhaler) and is not seeing a specialist (an allergist or pulmonologist), please call Doctors’ Pediatric to schedule an appointment. In doing so, we can help your child better manage their asthma so that they can perform normal everyday activities without having asthma symptoms. Please be sure to bring ALL medications to appointments.