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.
"Dr. Mindy Maggid always spends a good amount of time with each of our children during their annual visits. We like the way she talks to the children, and our children absolutely love her!"
"Dr. Maggid is an amazing Doctor. She sees both my boys since birth and even though I no longer live in the area I have kept her as their Doctor. She cares, she is gentle and always makes us feel like a priority. She has given us personal calls to check on them after high fevers, or really bad colds to make sure treatments are working. The other doctors are just as professional and the on- call is quick no matter what time of the night."
"My three children have gone to Dr. Plotsky their whole life. And they are now 21, 19 and 17. We have dealt with many childhood issues, some typical and some not so typical. Dr. Plotsky and the whole team are simply wonderful; they view all aspect of the child - health, social, educational, safety, diet, exercise. They are excellent doctors and they care."
"Carol Plotsky has always treated me as a partner in the health of my children. She listens to what I tell her (and listens to my children). When my third child was born with a rare disease she quite literally saved his life. Couldn't find a better pediatrician."
"Dr. Burgett has been our pediatrician for the past 14+ years for both daughters. She has a wonderful manner, talks to the children and explains what she is doing, has called us on her own time to check on one of our girls who had major issue. Listens well to patient and parent. Love the staff at the office too. They are very busy and try hard to accommodate urgent care needs as well as getting health forms."
"They have taken care of our family with exceptional care. We met them prior to the birth of our first child 13 years ago. We now have 4 children Since then they have helped us with innumerous big and little complications of life. We can't recommend them highly enough."
"Shady Grove Pediatrics and Dr. Plotsky and Dr. Burgett are great at what they do. They instill confidence in diagnoses and are great with the kids from babies to teens. Yes, I've been with Dr. Burgett for 17 years and with SGPA for 14. They trust mom's instincts and follow up beautifully. You won't regret seeing these doctors."
Questions & Answers
What is a Pediatrician?
A pediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of children. Pediatricians have undergone special training in the health and illnesses of infants, teens and young adults, and 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, safety and prevention, nutrition, and emotional wellness to foster a lifetime of good health.
Can I meet my pediatrician before my baby is born?
Yes, in fact we strongly encourage parents-to-be to visit our office for a prenatal appointment. This is a great way to get acquainted with our office and our doctors. During this visit, we will answer any questions that you have about our practice or your new child. Visit our expectant parent’s page for more information.
How often should my child see the pediatrician?
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 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 and overall well-being.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this schedule for routine well-care visits:
- 3 to 5 days
- 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, and learning assessment.
Is your office accepting new patients?
Yes, we always welcome new patients. Contact our office for additional information or make an appointment.
Why does my child need to receive vaccinations?
Immunizations are a series of shots given to children at different ages to help ward off 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 contact our office.