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February 11, 2020
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February is NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH!  Dental health is critically important to the overall well-being of your child.  Developing good oral hygiene habits early will prevent gum disease, cavities and tooth decay in the future.


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that your child sees a dentist within six months of their first tooth or by age 1. Growing Together Pediatrics can help you find a pediatric dentist when it’s time to schedule your baby’s first dental visit!

Here are a few questions to ask when scheduling the first visit:

  • Is your office accepting new patients?
  • Does your office take my child’s insurance?
  • Is anyone on your staff able to speak my language and/or translate for me?
  • Is your office open evenings or weekends?

The first visit allows your child to meet the dentist in a relaxed, non-threatening way.  Some dentists ask you to sit in the dental chair with your child on your lap.  The dentist will check for tooth decay, inspect your child’s bite and explore the gums and jaw.  It’s usually a short, friendly visit but be sure to ask questions or discuss any developmental concerns.


Growing Together Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend your child sees a dentist every 6 months.  These dental visits are just like your well-child visits to our office!  Regular visits allow the dentist to get to know your child’s specific needs so they can provide the best care possible.

Expect the dentist to gently examine their teeth and gums or provide a cleaning if necessary.  Cavity prevention can include fluoride treatments or dental sealants, which protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.

X-rays can help the dentist find small areas of decay or cavities between teeth that may not be visible during the exam.  Dentists also use x-rays to determine if there is enough room in your child’s mouth to fit all their incoming teeth or see if baby teeth are falling out fast enough to allow permanent teeth to come in correctly.  Once your child is older x-rays can reveal the development of wisdom teeth.

Most importantly, never use a visit to the dentist as a threat!  Stay positive about your child’s dental visits!

February 05, 2020
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February is NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH!  Dental health is critically important to the overall well-being of your child.  Developing good oral hygiene habits early will prevent gum disease, cavities and tooth decay in the future.


Taking care of your baby’s mouth is essential, even before the first tooth erupts around age 6 months.  Growing Together Pediatrics recommends you use gauze or a clean, moist washcloth to wipe your baby’s gums twice a day, especially after a night feeding.  

Never “clean” a pacifier or bottle in your mouth before offering it to your baby because germs that cause gum disease and tooth decay can pass from your mouth to your baby’s mouth.  Clean the pacifier with mild soap and water and get a new one once it is worn or broken.  Never dip your baby’s pacifier in honey, syrup or other sweet foods because the sugar can lead to tooth decay. 


Encouraging good brushing and flossing habits is one of the most important ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy.  Once your child can spit, you can switch to a soft-bristled, baby or child size toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste.  Children under age 3 should use fluoride toothpaste no larger than a grain of rice while children age 3-6 need to use fluoride toothpaste about the size of a pea.  Start flossing your child’s teeth as soon as two teeth touch.  To prevent cavities, brush in the morning then brush and floss before bed.

It can be challenging to find a comfortable position to brush and floss your child’s teeth, but two positions to try are standing behind your child in front of the mirror or sitting on the floor with your child’s head in your lap.  If your independent toddler wants to brush by themselves, you can use a song, a counting game or a colorful timer to be sure they brush for 2 minutes.  Create excitement by allowing your child to decide what flavor toothpaste to buy or let them pick a toothbrush with a favorite character on the handle.  Replace toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months.  Remember, a child under age 8 can’t brush their teeth correctly so you need to brush their teeth, too.  Periodically check your child’s teeth for white, yellow or brown spots and/or lines because these can be early signs of tooth decay.

Please discuss any concerns or questions about your child’s basic dental care with us!

We love Dr. Barfield, Dr. Rodriguez, Dr. Antenor and Dr. Diogene, the amazing female physicians here at GrowingTogether Pediatrics, but did you know only 36% of professionally active American physicians are female?

Today, February 3, marks National Women Physicians Day which is a day to honor the progress made by female doctors in a historically male-dominated profession.  The date marks the birthday of Elisabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States in 1849.  Blackwell graduated from Geneva College, in rural New York, at the top of her class despite challenges and discrimination from professors, classmates and local townspeople.  She went on to open the New York Infirmary for Women and Children in 1857, she founded a medical college in New York City in 1868 and became a professor of gynecology at the new London School of Medicine for Women in 1875.  Dr. Blackwell started the movement that helped women gain admission into the field of medicine but young female physicians still face obstacles and inequity in the workplace so there’s still more work to be done!

Join Growing Together Pediatrics and National Women Physicians Day in celebrating and supporting women physicians as doctors, colleagues, friends and family!

By Growing Together Pediatrics
October 24, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Well Child Exam  

How a well child exam from your pediatricians in Ocoee and Orlando, FL, can protect your child

Did you know that well child exams are an essential component to protecting your child’s health? It’s true! That’s because the visit allows Pediatricianyour pediatrician to examine your child for any potential medical conditions, catching the issues before they can become serious medical problems.

Here at Growing Together Pediatrics, our pediatricians perform these examinations, and offer a wide range of children’s medical services, as well. With two convenient office locations in Ocoee and Orlando, FL, read on to learn we can help keep your child healthy!


More about Well Child Exams

Your child’s physical begins with a recording of vital information including temperature, heart sounds, breathing, pulse, height, weight, and other important information. This initial record-keeping then becomes a helpful baseline to compare with future appointments. In this way, your child’s pediatrician can make sure your child is on track to thrive and grow normally.

You will also be asked about any medical issues which have come up including recent illnesses, hospitalizations, injuries, or allergies. The pediatrician will also check your child’s eyes, ears, nose, and throat, along with eyesight and hearing.

The well child exam is also a perfect opportunity to catch up on immunizations, which are one of the most important tools to prevent serious illnesses. When your child is vaccinated, it protects your child, other family members, teachers, your child’s playmates, and YOU, from serious contagious diseases. Vaccines protect against the measles, mumps, meningitis, hepatitis, and other serious illnesses. Your child must also be current on immunizations in order to attend daycare or school.

The Centers for Disease Control, CDC, publishes a list of required immunizations from birth to age 18. To view or print this list, please click here:


Contact Us

A well child exam is a great way to both ensure good health for your child, as well as provide yourself with peace of mind. To learn more about well child exams, call the pediatricians at Growing Together Pediatrics, with offices in Ocoee and Orlando, FL. Both offices can be reached by dialing (407) 770-1414—call today!

By Growing Together Pediatrics
July 15, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
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Infant Baby SleepingJaundice is a common condition in newborns, caused by the excess yellow pigment in the blood called bilirubin, which is produced by the normal breakdown of red blood cells. When bilirubin is produced faster than a newborn’s liver can break it down, the baby’s skin and eyes will appear yellow in color.

In most cases, jaundice disappears without treatment and does not harm the baby. However, if the infant’s bilirubin levels get too high, jaundice can pose a risk of brain damage. It is for this reason that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all infants should be examined for jaundice within a few days of birth.

Is it Jaundice?

When parents leave the hospital with their newborn, they will want to look for signs of jaundice in the days following, as the condition usually appears around the second or third day of life. Most parents will be able to detect jaundice simply by looking at the baby’s skin under natural daylight. If you notice your newborn’s skin or eyes looking yellow, you should contact your pediatrician to see if jaundice is present.

Also, call your pediatrician immediately if your jaundiced newborn’s condition intensifies or spreads. The following symptoms may be warning signs of dangerously high levels of bilirubin that require prompt treatment.

  • Skin appears very yellow
  • The infant becomes hard to wake or fussy
  • Poor feeding
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Feverish

Treating Jaundice

While most infants with jaundice do not require treatment, in more moderate to severe cases treatment will be recommended. Some infants can be treated by phototherapy, a special light treatment that exposes the baby’s skin to get rid of the excess bilirubin. Infants who do not respond to phototherapy or who continue to have rising bilirubin levels may be treated with a blood transfusion.

Always talk to your pediatrician if you have questions about newborn jaundice. 

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Growing Together Pediatrics

Phone: (407) 770-1414
5164 S. Conway Rd. Orlando, FL 32812
1583 E. Silver Star Rd. Ocoee, FL 34761