As your child moves from elementary school to middle school, their body and interests change, and our parenting changes along with them. As pediatricians, the way we care for your child changes as well. We assess for risky behavior, counsel on safety and discuss a large number of developmentally appropriate topics.
As your child moves to middle school, there will be a number of vaccines that we will discuss and recommend:
It’s never too early to talk to your child about being an adolescent and becoming a young adult. The hardest part is starting the conversation. KidsHealth.org offers some great resources for you and your children to navigate their growth together.
Please take time to check out The Center for Young Women’s Health for valuable information on hundreds of teenage issues your young woman may be facing.
There has been recent concern about a new “game” adolescents play called the choking game. Like any risky behavior, parents need to educate themselves about the signs of such behavior.
If you are interested in discussing contraception for your child, we have many providers that are available and willing to discuss the various means of contraception. We can prescribe oral contraceptive pills and depo injections. As of September 2015, we have a provider in each office that is qualified to insert the Nexplanon implant. If you have questions about any of these methods of contraception, please call our office to schedule an appointment.
We believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
We believe in the safety of our vaccines.
We believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
We believe, based on all available literature, evidence, and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
We believe that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
We believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that you perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and their schedule are the results of years and years of scientific study and research, with data gathered on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
These things being said, we recognize that there has always been and will likely always be controversy surrounding vaccination.
The vaccine campaign is a victim of its own success. It’s precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that we even discuss whether or not they should be given. Because of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, many of you have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, or even chickenpox.
Over the past several years, some people have chosen not to vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine after publication in Europe of an unfounded suspicion that the vaccine caused autism. This claim was later discredited and retracted. Unfortunately, decreased vaccination rates have resulted in a rise in the number of measles cases across Europe.
Please understand that delaying or “breaking up” vaccines to give one or two at a time over several visits goes against expert recommendations and can put your child at risk for serious illness or even death. Doing these things also goes against our medical advice.
As medical professionals entrusted with the lives of children we believe strongly that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is the right thing to do. With rising rates of pertussis being seen in this country we have made the decision here at Cary, Fuquay, and Apex Pediatrics to require our patients to meet certain vaccine standards to be part of the practice. This is to protect the health of your child, our patients, and our community.
Finally, if you should refuse to vaccinate your child despite all our efforts and recommendations, we will ask you to find another health care provider who shares your views.
We write this statement not to scare you, nor to coerce you, but to make you aware of the facts, and to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child.
Please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you have about vaccines with any one of our providers. Please also recognize that we will do everything we can to convince you that vaccinating your child according to the recommended schedule is the right thing to do. It is our job to advocate for children and their health is our priority.
Bear in mind that diseases we vaccinate are not gone. The number of cases of measles last year was more than any single year since the 1990’s; most of the cases in children who have not been vaccinated either because of age or by choice.
See the Downloads list below for fact sheets about each vaccine.
We are now offering CPR training for new parents, members of volunteer organizations, athletes, and anyone who wants to learn CPR that does not require certification. Those who participate in the course will receive a student manual and hands on practice. The Family and Friends CPR Course covers:
The course will be offered only in our Fuquay-Varina Office. Cost is $33.00 per person. Please call our office or sign up at the front desk to register for the course.
At Cary, Fuquay and Apex Pediatrics, we are proud to be following the latest recommendations from the AAP for the most effective adolescent contraception. We offer traditional guidance for birth control, including but not limited to abstinence, condoms, oral contraceptives and Depo Provera.
Our providers are trained in the insertion of Nexplanon, which is a small, soft, and flexible birth control implant that is just 4 centimeters in length. It is inserted directly and discretely under the skin on the inside of the arm. The procedure is quick with minor discomfort and Nexplanon provides up to 3 years of continuous pregnancy prevention. No daily pills, sticky patches or injections.
Once it is inserted, Nexplanon is over 99% effective. If you or your teen are interested in Nexplanon or any other form of contraception, ask to schedule a consult with one of our trained providers in ANY of our locations. We can tell you all about it!
We are now able to preform circumcisions on your newborn boy. The procedure is currently only performed in our Cary office. Currently, Dr. Villareal is the only one that preforms circumcisions in the office. Here is what he has to say about the procedure.
“There are three different ways that a circumcision can be performed. I was trained in the most common method using a Gomco clamp. I feel comfortable performing circumcisions on newborns up to two weeks of age.
One of the most common concerns for a parent is how much pain their son will experience. I take great care to numb the area and ensure that your son is numb prior to starting the circumcision. I also have the baby suck on some sugar water throughout the procedure. With these two soothing mechanisms, evidence and my experience shows that most babies are very comfortable, and I have a high percentage that will sleep through most of the procedure.
The worst part of the procedure is that they have to have their legs strapped down to the table so that they do not interfere with the sterile area, which can make kids a little cranky after the procedure. The whole procedure takes about 25-30 minutes. After the procedure, I have the parents wait in the office for about 15 minutes so that I can check the penis and ensure that everything looks appropriate.”
If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact our Cary office with more questions.
We now offer computer-based cognitive function testing for young athletes to serve as a baseline for the child in case they would suffer a concussion. This is offered for children five and older. While this testing is available for athletes of contact sports in public schools and private schools, our middle school athletes often do not always have this option.
We will offer this service on select days at our Cary office. Cost for this testing will be $30. To register your child, either speak with your provider, or call our office to request this service.
Eating disorders, obesity, picky toddlers, and vegetarianism are just a few of the topics our Nutritionists can cover. We have partnered with Personalized Nutrition, Inc. to better serve the needs of our patients. An appointment can be made at any time. Please discuss this service with your provider.
We are using developmental screens in our office at many checkups to make sure we don’t miss any subtle problems. Our office has a special developmental nurse, Janice Genova, who can, when needed, perform more in-depth screens of preschool age children to better define their strengths and weaknesses.
1001 Crescent Green
Cary, NC 27518
Mon - Fri
8am - 5pm
Closed daily for lunch 12-1
Sick visits 8:30 am- 4:30 pm
1021 W. Williams Street, Ste. 105
Apex, NC 27502
Mon - Fri
8am - 5pm
Closed daily for lunch 12-1
316 Judd Place Drive
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
Mon - Fri
8am - 5pm
Closed daily for lunch 12-1
Clinical advice is available 24/7 by calling the office during regular hours or after hours with our triage service or physician on call.