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Below one can find frequently asked questions that we encounter regularly at Thrive Pediatrics.

What ages are accepted by Thrive Pediatrics?

We see children from newborn through 18 years of age or through the completion of high school. We accept new patients who are anywhere in this age range.

Is there a separate waiting area for sick children?

Yes, we have designated sick and well waiting areas as well as exam rooms. This is to help decrease the spread of illness while in the office.

How many siblings can be seen together?

For annual well child checks, we can schedule up to two children as long as there is schedule availability for the desired appointment times. For sick visits we are able to accommodate the family as the schedule allows. For our larger families that may want more than two children seen together we highly recommend calling to schedule as early as possible to ensure availability.  Also, please keep in mind we have found it difficult to give the attention children need for their visits if combining three or more sibling appointments a day.

Can my child be seen same day if needed?

We can often accommodate same-day sick visits for acute illness concerns at both offices. Schedule availability may be limited so we encourage calling to schedule same-day illness appointments as early as possible.

How often should my baby be seen by pediatrician during their first year?

2-3 days from discharge, 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months.

Are unvaccinated families accepted into the practice?

At Thrive Pediatrics we recommend that all children stay current with the vaccine guidelines as outlined by the CDC.
We work together with families who choose a delayed vaccine schedule. We will work closely with families to keep their children on track with their vaccines. If a family chooses not to vaccinate, they will be asked to sign a declination form discussing potential risks associated with this choice. Parents will be asked to sign a new form anytime new vaccines become due according to child age and vaccine guidelines.

Can parents receive vaccines in office?

We offer parents and siblings who are older than 18 years of age the annual flu vaccine and Tdap. These vaccines are ordered on a limited basis and we highly recommend scheduling early in the fall for your family to receive the flu vaccine together and to ensure vaccine availability. Tdap is carried year around to offer to new and expecting fathers.

Can my child receive vaccines when sick?

Current recommendations state that children may receive vaccines even when ill and/or fevering. We will vaccinate children at provider discretion and parent

Where can I get credible vaccine information?

Who all is allowed to bring my child to their appointments?

Parents are able to bring their children in, but if you are unable to bring them in office protocol should be followed; A consent form will need to be filled out with the names of those you allow to bring your child to their appointments. Patients who are 18 are able to bring themselves to their appointments. If you are unable to bring your child to their appointment and have not filled out a consent form, then we will require verbal consent over the phone.

Do you offer after-hours, urgent, or night-time care?

We offer an after-hours phone triage service when the clinic is closed. At this time, we offer late hours on Mondays until 7 pm and Saturday hours from 8:30-noon at our Linder and McMillan location.

Will you visit my newborn baby in the hospital?

Yes. If you deliver at St. Luke’s Downtown, Meridian, and soon to include Nampa. Rounding visits are typically in the mornings.

Can I meet my doctor before my baby is born?

We’d love to meet you, we are here to answer any questions to help prepare the family for the new baby. Please call to schedule a free meet the doc appointment.