FAQs

General FAQs

How many years have you been in practice?

Pediatrics of Florence has been operating with Dr. Paul Tagher for over 35 years. Dr. Robert Tagher joined the practice full time in 1999, Dr. Ann Macke joined in 2001 and Dr. Sharon Wynn joined in 2005.

Do you have any children?

Dr. Paul has 5 children. Dr. Rob has 3 children. Dr. Ann has 4 children. Dr. Sharon has 2 children.

Are you board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics?

Yes, all physicians are board certified.

With your group practice, how often will I see other doctors?

For appointments made in advance, you can see the same provider (or the provider of your choice). For acute care visits you may be asked to see another provider.

How do I reach a healthcare provider after hours or in case of an emergency?

Always call the office at 859-525-8181. An automated system will notify the physician on call so you can speak with them.

How often should I bring my child in for well childcare?

We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations. This includes 10 visits in the first two years of life (these coincide with the recommended immunization schedule) and yearly after that.

Who should I call for advice on parenting questions?

Urgent questions can be answered by one of our nurses or physicians on an as needed basis.For non-urgent parenting questions, please bring them up at your child’s well child visit.

What is your Antibiotics philosophy?

Whether a physician is conservative or liberal with antibiotics often depends on the age of the patient and the seriousness of the illness being treated. With regard to treatment of your child, we are a team. Your physician will make a recommendation on what he or she thinks is best, but you will make the ultimate decision on how to treat your child.

What is your Complimentary and Alternative Medicine philosophy?

Conventional medicine is very good at treating some things and not very good at treating others. Conditions to be treated are evaluated on a case by case basis and recommendations will be made. If you are seeking alternative or complementary care for a specific condition, please make the physician aware of this, so it can be discussed as part of a treatment plan.

What is your nutrition philosophy?

Healthy nutrition and the prevention of obesity are extremely important. This issue should be addressed at every well-child visit and possibly more frequently depending on the situation. We do have consultations with a dietician available if you feel or the physician feels that it needs to be addressed more thoroughly.

What is your discipline philosophy?

Some discipline tactics are specific for different age children or for different behaviors. We have several handouts that give general information on this topic or we can recommend a more comprehensive book to serve your needs.

Baby FAQs

What Equipment will I need before I leave the hospital with my infant?

Before your infant goes home from the hospital, you will need a car seat, formula bottles (if you are not breastfeeding), rectal thermometer, nasal aspirator/bulb suction, and diapers.

What constitutes a newborn emergency?

Some things which may not constitute an emergency in an older child are a cause for concern in a baby under 3 months of age. Please call us immediately if you feel there is any problem with your baby or if your baby has any of the following:

  • A rectal temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more or 98 degrees and below
  • A sudden decline in feeding pattern lasting over two consecutive feedings (6-8 hours)
  • Persistent crying lasting over one hour without interruption
  • Significant vomiting (not just spitting up) or spitting up green material
  • Diarrhea/frequent loose, watery stool
  • Jaundice/yellow color of the skin, eyes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unusual rash
  • Listlessness
  • Color changes

What is the importance of newborn temperatures?

Fever or low temperature in newborns is a sign of illness and requires immediate evaluation. For this reason, getting an accurate temperature is very important. The temperature does not need to be taken routinely, but should be taken anytime you have concerns about the baby. If your baby feels warm, is fussy, is not feeding well or you see any signs that cause you concern, you should measure the temperature. A rectal temperature is best for newborns.

How do I take a rectal temperature?

  1. Clean the end of the thermometer (do not rinse with hot water)
  2. Put a small amount of lubricant (petroleum jelly) on the end
  3. Turn on the thermometer and insert the tip .5 to1 inches into the anal opening
  4. Hold in place for 1 minute, until you hear a beep
  5. Remove the thermometer and check the digital reading

How much should I feed my baby?

Every baby is different and feeding efficiently takes practice for a new baby. Additionally, nursing mothers will not know exactly how much the baby is getting. Most full term, bottle-fed newborns are taking 2-3 oz per feeding by the end of the first week of life. The best gauge of adequate feeding is a satisfied baby along with frequent stooling and urination.

How much should my baby sleep?

Sleep requirements vary greatly, but most newborns will sleep an average of 17-18 hours per day in the first week. As the baby becomes more alert, the amount of sleep will decrease to around 15-16 hours/day in the first month. Don’t expect this sleep to be continuous, as most newborns will only sleep for short intervals at a time, in between feedings.

When will I get my own sleep?

Parents will always enjoy better sleep when the baby starts to sleep for longer intervals. Most babies start to sleep better by the end of the first month and about half are sleeping continuously through the night (7-9 hours) by 2-3 months. If things are not getting better by that time, then you should talk to your physician about some ways to improve the baby’s sleep pattern.

 

What do I do about the umbilical cord?

Different hospitals give different recommendations with regard to cord care.  Some may have you do nothing while others recommend cleansing with an alcohol swab. The goal is the same: to keep the cord clean and dry so that it falls off by itself over 1-4 weeks. You may notice a clear to slightly blood-tinged discharge oozing from the navel for a few days after the cord falls off. You should call your physician if there is drainage that lasts longer than 2-3 days, has a foul odor, or if there is redness in the skin surrounding the cord.

How many diaper changes will my baby need?

This varies depending on the urination and stooling pattern of the baby. Change the diaper whenever the baby is soiled or wet. Initially this will probably be every feeding but usually gets less frequent when the baby gets older.

How often do I clean my baby?

You will be cleaning the diaper area frequently, so bathing often isn’t necessary. Bathing every few days is fine. Giving a bath can be enjoyable and soothing, however, so giving one each day as part of the baby’s routine is also okay.

What is your Circumcision philosophy?

This is a cultural decision. Medical benefits including a decreased risk of urinary tract infections and penile cancer are negligible as these disorders are so rare to begin with. It is, however, a decision that should be discussed prior to delivery of the baby. That way you are not put on the spot to make this decision immediately after the baby is born.

What do I do if my son is circumcised?

Clean the circumcision site gently with plain water, and then apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment (usually supplied by the hospital) or petroleum jelly with each diaper change. Continue this for 2 to 3 days after the procedure and keep the diaper loose until the area is healed. It is normal for the circumcised area to have a slight amount of bleeding for several hours after the circumcision. If the bleeding continues after you get home, you should call your physician. Some yellow scabs may form around the penis, stay for about one week and should not be removed. This is a normal part of the healing process.

What is your breast vs. bottle feeding philosophy?

Breast feeding is always the healthiest choice for both mother and child. We have a lactation consultant on staff that all breastfeeding mothers see to help with any problems they might encounter.

Am I breastfeeding the right way?

Breastfeeding is a natural process, so if things feel right and your baby seems satisfied, is urinating, stooling, and gaining weight, then those are all good signs that you are doing well. Involving a lactation consultant in the initial weeks of breastfeeding is recommended can be very helpful, even if there are no concerns about the feeding.

What does all the crying mean?

Crying is a baby’s way of communicating and could mean any number of things from hunger to discomfort. Over time, as you become in tune to your baby’s temperament, you will get a better idea of what the crying means. If it is prolonged however, and the baby cannot be consoled, you should seek the advice of your physician.

How can I soothe my baby?

Rocking, swinging, playing music or any number of things may be helpful in soothing your baby. Sometimes a baby just wants to be picked up or carried. In the first few months of life, you cannot “spoil” your newborn, so you must attempt to console in whatever way works. A great book or video called “The Happiest Baby on the Block,” by Dr. Harvey Karp gives great recommendations on ways to soothe crying babies and get them to sleep for longer intervals.