Pediatric Guide

Our Pediatric Guide provides a convenience resource for medical topics and information important to parents.  We will continue to update this area to keep you better informed.

Scroll and click over the categories below to see expanded content for each, including resourceful external links.

Recommended immunization schedule for Children: 

The following is a link to the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule for persons age 0 to 18 years. For those who fall behind or start late, the CDC provides a catch-up vaccination schedule to follow. School entry and adolescent vaccine age groups are 4-6 years and 11-12 years. Click on the link below to view and/or print a schedule.

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Caring for Your Child After Immunization

Your child may need extra love and care after getting immunized. Many shots may cause discomfort for a while. Your child may be fussy due to pain and/or fever. You can refer to the information provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics by clicking on the link below.

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School Physicals

The State of Illinois requires that all children entering kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade (first year of high school) have a complete exam and particular immunizations.

This exam is valid for one year from the date of the exam. The school will mail you a form in the spring before that school year. Please make sure the top of the form is filled out completely–including the immunizations. If you did not receive the form from school or need another copy, you can download the Illinois School Physical Form here on our website.

During the appointment, we will review the form and verify that the information is current and accurate. It is wise to schedule physicals well in advance of the school year beginning in order to obtain an appointment for the exam. It is highly recommended that school physical exams be scheduled in the spring and no later than June.

Resource Links for All Ages

Growth Charts


Click on the CDC link below to learn specific immunization information and details on vaccine requirements in the U.S.

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Chicken Pox

Click on the CDC pdf link for details on chickenpox, symptoms, the vaccine, and more.

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Fever is the imbalance between heat production and heat loss. The most common cause of fever is an infection. Generally, to lower a fever, use Tylenol and/or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), increase fluids and give a tepid bath if the fever is higher than 103.5. Never use a cold bath—they cause shivering, speed up heat production and are also very uncomfortable.



Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza viruses. Influenza can cause mild to severe illness and even death. Older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for flu complications and are urged to get vaccinated each year. To learn more, click on the CDC link below:


Whooping Cough

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis and is one of the most commonly occurring diseases in the U.S. but preventable through a vaccine. To learn more, visit the CDC link here:

Treating Lice

(Head, body or genital lice—Pediculosis)

Head lice infestations, or pediculosis, are commonly spread by close person-to-person contact. Dogs, cats, and other pets do not play a role in the transmission of human lice. Use the CDC link below to learn more.

Warts and Plantar Warts

A wart is a skin growth caused by some types of the virus called the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV infects the top layer of skin, usually entering the body in an area of broken skin. The virus causes the top layer of skin to grow rapidly, forming a wart. Most warts go away on their own.

Warts can grow anywhere on the body and are most common among children and young adults. Also, warts are easily spread by direct contact with a human papillomavirus. You can infect yourself again by touching the wart and then another part of your body. You can infect another person by sharing towels, razors, or other personal items. To learn more about warts and plantar warts, visit the link below:

Strep Throat

Strep throat is an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria (called “group A strep”). Group A strep bacteria can live in a person’s nose and throat. The bacteria are spread through contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. To learn more, click on the CDC link below: 

Food Allergies

Food allergies occur when your immune system makes a mistake and produces an abnormal immune response to a certain food that the body believes is harmful. An estimate 4% to 6% of U.S. children, 18 years and younger, have food allergies. For details on the types of food allergies, symptoms and more, follow the CDC link below: 


Asthma makes breathing difficult for more than 34 million Americans. Asthma symptoms, which include coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness, are common in an asthma attack. Sometimes asthma is called bronchial asthma or reactive airway disease. Visit the link below to learn more about asthma. 


Many of the symptoms of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) include trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about the consequences), or overly active. Although ADHD can’t be cured, it can be successfully managed with some symptoms improving as a child ages. For more information, visit the CDC link below: