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By: Melanie D.
Catawba Pediatric Associates PA
Update 2-12-16 - My granddaughter now has a seizure disorder as a result of a vaccine injury incurred as of the time of my first review. If they had listened to my daughter's concerns and spaced the vaccines out, this may not have happened. But the real insult is that we had to pester this office for almost 3 weeks just to get the required referral to a neurologist, and now they have refused to issue a medical exemption as required by the CDC in cases of vaccine injury. They may be free from liability from the vaccine injury, but not so sure about medical negligence in the case of refusing to issue the exemption...will see.
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By: Hope R.
Catawba Pediatric Associates PA
I have brought my kids to this office since they were newborns. The staff has always been very friendly and we love Dr. Bridgeman. She is always very thorough and makes sure that we understand everything that she explains. I would highly recommend this office and Dr. Bridgeman.
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By: Bob S.
Catawba Pediatric Associates PA
Very professional and accurate, the Doc even took extra time to explain in detail how they came to the diagnoses! We are very happy with everyone here.
By: Melanie B.
Catawba Pediatric Associates PA
Do NOT take your children to this office of bullies dressed as doctors. They will force their one-track version of "medicine" on your children regardless of any known allergies or other concerns and tell you that refusal to comply with their protocol is deemed child endangerment. Find a real doctor who understands that medicine is an art because one size does not fit all and keep your precious little ones out of this kiddie mill.
Tips & Advices
A child should see his or her pediatrician frequently during the first few years. Once the child reaches age 3, parents should schedule a doctor's visit at least once per year. Before that, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests parents arrange visits according to the following schedule:
  • 2 to 5 days old
  • 1 month old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 24 months old (2 years)
  • 30 months old (2.5 years)
No, parents should call 911, an emergency physician, or a pediatric emergency physician if a child suffers an acute illness or injuries. Doctors in these fields are more qualified than pediatricians to handle emergency situations.
A well-visit is a routine visit with a pediatrician to track a child's development, discuss medical or emotional concerns, and receive immunizations and medical advice.
Yes, pediatricians provide immunizations for infants and children up through 21 years.
No, pediatricians do not have to be board certified.They're only required to have a state license. However, certification indicates a dedication to studying pediatrics beyond the requirements.

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