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FAQS


What makes South Slope Pediatrics different?

At South Slope Pediatrics, we believe that family comes first. We take a common-sense approach and try to avoid unnecessary interventions, and we only prescribe the necessary medications when your child is ill. We value and nurture the family/doctor relationship and we believe in the concept of medical home and continuity of care. This is why your newborn will always see his/her Primary Care Physician for all the peventive care visits, so you can establish a relationship of trust with your doctor.
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What age patients does Dr Cao sees?

Dr. Cao and Dr. Wilson-Taylor see patients from birth to 21 years of age.
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Do you offer Lead Testing?

Instead of taking your child to the local lab to get the venous blood drawn, which sometimes is not the best experience, we can easily get the tests done at our office through a simple finger prick. No big ouches for your little one, no stress for us parents and immediate results. Lead tests require an appointment, please call our office for more information.
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Do you offer in house bilirubin check for newborns with jaundice?

We are proud to offer in house bilirubin check services for our newborns who have unstable or ricky levels that cause jaundice. We are able to determine the biliruben levels with a simple non invasive procedure.
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How often should I bring my child in for a check-up?

We visit with newborn infants and their parents two days after leaving the hospital to discuss healthy breastfeeding plus your questions and concerns about your new baby.
Following the initial visit, your child should have checkups at the following intervals:

  • 1 month
  • 2 Months
  • 4 Months
  • 6 Months
  • 9 Months
  • 12 Months
  • 15 Months
  • 18 Months
  • 2 Years
  • Past 2 Years: once per year

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How long should I expect to wait during a routine office visit?

We value our patients' time, and it is important to us to follow our schedule and ensure that each patient is seen with a minimal amount of waiting time. We try to do everything within our power to see that we don't fall behind schedule – but what's most important to us is providing our patients with the best care possible and ensuring that all of their questions and concerns are addressed. If you and your child require extra time during your appointment, we will be happy to accommodate you. Our average wait time is 2 minutes.
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What if I have an emergency after hours?

If you have an emergency after hours, we have a dedicated phone line for this. The doctors from our office answer emergency calls after hours. If you are a current patient the emergency line phone number has been given to you at registration time and has been emailed to you in several occasions. You can also find it in the home page in your Online Account, all you'll need to do is to log in and you will find it in the welcoming message at the top of the home page. Kindly use this for non-routine emergency questions only. In case of a true emergency, call 911 or go to New York Methodist Center Emergency room (located at 263 Seventh Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York).
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Do you accommodate same day sick visits?

We always accommodate same day sick appointments without problems. An appointment must be scheduled even for a same day walk-in, except for Monday morning walk-in hours (8AM-10AM) without appointment necessary.
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What is the difference between and M.D. and a D.O.?

In the United States, there are two types of physicians that practice medicine. Most physicians hold the Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.), while Osteopathic physicians hold the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (D.O.).

Other than teaching manual medicine, the medical training for an M.D. and D.O. is virtually indistinguishable. D.O. physicians complete conventional residencies in hospitals and training programs, are licensed in all states, and have rights and responsibilities, such as military service, that are identical to M.D. physicians and surgeons.

However, osteopathic physicians also receive an additional 300 – 500 hours in the study of hands-on manual medicine and the body's musculoskeletal system integrated into the medical curriculum, which is referred to as osteopathic manipulative medicine.[9] This training is absent in the M.D. curricula.

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Does Dr. Cao offer pre-adoption consultations?

Dr. Cao has worked with adoptive families throughout his career. He has counseled many families during the pre-adoption screening process as well as post-adoption. Dr. Cao has also worked with a diverse range of families – including international and domestic adoptees, LGBT families, transracial, donor, and single-parent adoptions.
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I'm expecting. Does the practice offer meet-and-greets?

Yes! We love to invite expecting parents to come in for a chat for one of our 'meet the practice 'meetings. These encounters are scheduled exclusively for your family, we do not offer group meetings. You will meet with our practice manager Matteo who will guide you through what to expect at the hospital, how to schedule the first visit with Dr Cao and how to deal with emergency situations. We will also talk about immunizations, well visits and our free classes and you will be introduced to the doctor. To schedule a visit, pleasse call teh office and ask to for Matteo. The meetings are free os charge.
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Do you accept credit card payments?

We accept Visa, Master Card, Amex and cash. A valid driver's license or a picture ID is required for credit card processing.
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Does your office have separate areas for sick and well patients?

Yes, we have separate waiting areas for sick and well patients.
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My child is sick. How quickly can I get an appointment?

We are prepared to accommodate sick child visits as soon as you call. An appointment is necessary for same day sick visits.
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Can I email a photo of a rash/cut/skin condition and be evaluated?

We highly discourage our patients from emailing us a photo to be avaluated. Our doctors will always need to see the patient in person in order to make a proper evaluation and provide treatment.
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What's the Schedule for the Immunizations?

We proudly follow the American Academy of Pediatrics immunization schedule. All our patients are fully immunized and also stay on the same schedule. We do not offer an alternative schedule for vaccines. The schedule is as follows:

Newborn Appointment: none

1 Month: none

2 Months: HIB, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus and Pediarix (Dtap-HepB-Polio)

4 Months: HIB, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus and Pediarix (Dtap-HepB-Polio)

6 Months: HIB, Pneumococcal and Pediarix (Dtap-HepB-Polio)

9 Months: none

12 Months: MMR and Varicella(Chicken Pox)

15 Months: DTaP and Hepatitis A

18 Months: HIB and Pneumococcal

24 Months: Hepatitis A

3 Years: none

4 Years: MMR and Varicella (2nd dose)


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Which insurance plans do you accept?

We accept most major medical health plans. Please refer to our Insurance page for updated information.
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