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By: Jake W.
Megna Jose M MD
We've taken our son to Dr. Megna since he was a newborn. He's a very gentle doctor who seems to genuinely care. Our son had jaundice when he was born and Dr. Megna called us up on both a Saturday and Sunday from home to check on him. Be aware that he is from Argentina and has a thick accent making him difficult to understand sometimes. I haven't had any reason to mistrust the training he received in Argentina, but it is difficult to understand some medical terms when he is speaking. My only complaint would be about the nurses in his office. They just don't seem very professional. One completely contradicted him when he left the room and insinuated he didn't know what he was talking about by saying, "Keep in mind he was trained in some other country." My wife and I couldn't believe that she would undercut him like that.
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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