New Parents

Congratulations! Having a new baby is very exciting and we are very happy to be part of your family's healthcare. Please remember that we are there for you and would love to answer any questions that you have, no matter how big or small you feel it is.

Choosing a Pediatrician:
Parents in the Bloomington-Normal area are very lucky as there are many good, board certified pediatricians in the area. Because of this it is very important that you find someone that is not only friendly and accessible but also fits your personality. To figure this out, schedule a free meet and greet and ask questions. Afterwards you can trust your "gut" and see if you are a match.

My office will schedule a meet and greet whenever it works for your schedule. My staff are some of the best around and have lots of experience. We are friendly and always just a phone call away. We give every patient the direct line to the nurses and we encourage you to use it. If the nurses are on the phone please leave a message and you will be called back as soon as possible. We take nearly all insurances, the medical card and patients that can not afford healthcare (we want your baby to receive the best care possible regardless of ability to pay).

Well visits can usually be scheduled quickly (same or next day). If you call for a sick appointment you WILL be seen on that day. We have an urgent care on site for after hours care and have office hours on Saturday morning. If you need to be squeezed in or seen sooner, please call and speak with a nurse.

Contact information:
Main Office/Nurse Line/After Hours: 309-556-7337

Newborn Information / While You are in the Hospital:
5 Questions to have answers to before you leave the hospital
1) Feeding
- Breastfeeding is the best for mom, dad and your baby. If you choose not to breastfeed, any formula that you choose will be just fine. At this point your baby should be taking 1-2 oz of breast milk or formula every couple hours or so. Feed your baby as often as she wants to be fed and try not to go longer than every 3 hours. Feed slow and allow plenty of time for burping, this will help reduce the amount of spit-up. It is normal for babies to lose up to 10% of their body weight the first week of life and regain it starting around the 5th day or so. You will know that your baby is getting enough nutrition if you are getting 4 or so wet diapers per day.

2) Stooling
-Babies Poop! Baby poop can be all kinds of different things. Initially it is that thick, black, tarry stool called meconium. This should be around for a couple days. Eventually the stool can become just about anything. From a watery, loose mustard squirt to a more formed toothpaste like stool. Parents/Grandparents should only worry about stool if it is bloody or hard like pebbles/clay. It is very normal for your baby to fart 20 times per day, grunt and turn red when trying to stool/pass gas or cry when having a bowel movement. Babies can stool 10 times per day or as frequently as once per week. All of these things are normal, if you have questions about the stool or gas please feel free to ask your doctor.

3) Taking your baby out
-Be smart about taking your baby into public. Please do not become a hermit and shut everyone out, but at the same time try to avoid large crowds or where you think sick people might be. Everyone that touches your baby should was their hands or use alcohol sanitizer. No one but mom and dad should kiss your baby. As a parent you have the RIGHT to NOT LET PEOPLE TOUCH YOUR CHILD. Exercise that right and do not let people try to tell you that it is "just allergies." If they look sick, they probably are and should NOT be near your child. It is up to you how long you need to be extra careful, just remember that your child is especially vulnerable for the first 60 days, before the first set of vaccines.

4) Parent Concerns
-"If you are concerned, I am concerned." When I say this I really mean it. Especially the first couple months of life. Generally, any concern that you have in the first 2 months of life I want you to call me about. If you think that your baby is not acting right or running a temperature (of any degree greater than 100.4 no matter how you take it) you need to go to the ER. If you call me in the middle of the night with this concern I will send you to the ER. With other concerns please call my nurse line and your question will be answered. If you call after the office is closed someone will call you back as soon as possible.

5) When to follow-up
-Generally we like to have babies follow up with us 1-2 days after discharge. This depends on the baby's weight loss and jaundice level. Please ask about follow-up when we see you in the morning.