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Pediatric and Adolescent Care of Silver Spring offers several visit types to help your child maintain good health. You can read more on this page about specific visits.

Well Child and Adolescent Visits     Sick Visits     Walk-in Sick Visits     Travel Visits      Lactation Consults

Well Child and Adolescent Visits

Routine visits fulfill several purposes:

  • Updating history: illness, injuries, allergies, hospitalizations
  • Assess and discuss nutrition, growth, development and behavior
  • Hearing and vision screening ages 4 and up
  • Labwork and immunizations
  • Explore changes in the child, family and social environment and share insights
  • Anticipatory guidance and accident prevention
  • For information about health screening and immunizations at each visit see  Well Visit Descriptions


Sick Visits

Sick visits are usually scheduled  on the same day for acute illnesses.  Call the receptionist to schedule an appointment if you know that your child needs to be seen.  You may also ask to speak with a nurse first to help determine whether your child's illness requires an office visit.  You may  schedule appointments in the future for chronic conditions such as asthma, obesity, ADHD and wart treatments. Weekend visits can be arranged for urgently sick children.  On weekends and holidays, the best time to call the doctor is between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to discuss the best way of obtaining care for your child.


Walk-In Sick Visits

Pediatric and Adolescent Care of Silver Spring offers an additional visit option for ill children on Monday and Friday mornings.

Children with acute illness may be seen without an appointment if arriving between 8:00AM and 9:00AM on Monday or Friday mornings.

(These “Walk-In” times will NOT be held on holidays, when the office is closed.) These visits are intended to provide a convenient option for our established patients and their families for assessing short-term uncomplicated illnesses or problems.

(These “Walk-In” times are not intended for complex/chronic problems or for Well-Child Visits)

Walk-In” time is for problems or infections which have just appeared over the past day or two. Many parents may find it convenient when decisions need to be made for school, work, or daycare attendance. In order for us to limit wait times on these mornings and to provide the proper care for more complex problems, please use the “Walk-In” time for the following types of problems:

 Sore Throats Vomiting  Wheezing/Asthma
 Rashes Diarrhea Recent Injury
Coughs Pink Eye Earaches


We ask that you telephone to schedule same-day or future appointments for other problems that are less urgent or may have been around for a while, such as:
All Newborn Problems Behavioral Problems Headaches
School Problems Feeding or Eating Problems Sleep Problems
Constipation Recurring Stomach Aches Recurrent Injuries
       More than one problem or illness to be addressed.  

These above kinds of issues are important and require more time to evaluate and manage properly and thus are best scheduled. We will, as always, continue to see your child any day he or she needs to be seen. You also may still choose to schedule appointments for any type of illness--you may prefer to be seen at a different time of the day or schedule an appointment with a specific doctor or nurse practitioner. Your help in following these guidelines will be much appreciated by all. “Walk-In” patients whose problems are not appropriate for the “Walk-In” time may be asked to schedule for another more appropriate appointment time.

The “Walk-In” times are for established patients only of Pediatric and Adolescent Care of Silver Spring. We welcome new patients to the practice – call to schedule a first appointment during regular office hours.


We are excited to offer this service and innovation and welcome your comments and suggestions as you use or consider these appointments.


Travel Visits

Travel visits should be scheduled at least 4 weeks prior to travel.  We will discuss with you and your family, depending on the exact travel destination, the Center for Disease Control's recommendations for your visit.  We can prescribe malaria prophylaxis as well as give hepatitis A, typhoid, and yellow fever vaccines. (Travel visits and vaccines may not be covered by insurance; patient families will be responsible for any non-covered services.)  For less commonly recommended vaccines you may need to go to a travel clinic.

Lactation Consults

Tamara M. Buckley MSN PNP is a certified lactation consultant.  She schedules consults on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  These visits are extended visits during which she assists the mother and infant in all aspects of breastfeeding from the early stages through weaning.

Well Child and Adolescent Visits     Sick Visits     Walk-in Sick Visits     Travel Visits      Lactation Consults

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Pediatric and Adolescent Care
of Silver Spring
12501 Prosperity Drive Suite 100
Silver Spring, MD 20904

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