News & Events

 

With summer here, remember to prevent sunburn with sunscreen and limited exposure.  Also remember that swim-ear drops (concentrated rubbing alcohol) are useful in preventing swimmer’s ear caused by frequent swimming along with heat and humidity promoting germ growth in moist ear canals.  Tell your children to let you know if they start getting any pain so it can be treated before it gets too bad.
We are overdue for a new flu strain and heavy flu season – we’ll see…  The last heavy flu season was 2012-2013 when Dr. Scott did the study that found previous flu illness to be a strong predictor of need for yearly vaccination.  FluMist will not be available for the second flu season in a row.  See Dr. Scott’s comments posted on-line to the May issue of Pediatrics’ recent CDC study about flu vaccine effectiveness against flu-associated pediatric deaths.

Expecting moms who may not be inclined to breastfeed need to be aware that a published study did find a significant association between not nursing and Alzheimer’s disease (Fox M, J Alzheimer’s Dis 2013 “Maternal breastfeeding history and Alzheimer’s disease risk”).  This lends evidence to Dr. Scott’s theory in his ADHD/autism study (p. 657) of that risk due to the role of prolactin in restoring fatty acids depleted from a mother’s brain during pregnancy.  Risk for breast cancer and likely ovarian cancer is also reduced by breastfeeding.  We encourage moms, if at all possible, to breast feed their babies.

Featured Research

 
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Scott S. Field, MD, FAAP

Interaction of Genes and Nutritional Factors in the Etiology of Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders: A Case Control Study

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Nutritional Factors in Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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Reasons for Influenza Vaccine Underutilization: A Case Control Study

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How do Genes and Environment cause Autism?

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Appointments

Getting Established

The first visit we make to the newborn nursery (we go to both Huntsville Women & Children’s Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center) or your child’s first scheduled visit to our office will establish your child in our practice.


Otherwise, we generally can not see new patients without a pre-scheduled visit due to time constraints since we always take more time on the first visit to be thorough. That means that if you are planning to use us but circumstances arise in which your child needs to be seen before the scheduled new patient appointment, you may need to use the emergency room at that time. We have that policy out of respect for the time of our established patients.

For Established Patients

Once established, your child will have the option of coming at the start of the work day (8 AM Monday through Thursday and 9 AM Friday) to our walk-in time for acute problems without making an appointment. We encourage our walk-in patients to come within the first half hour to minimize conflict with patients who have previously scheduled appointments. For all other visits, even those for which your child may only see the nurse, appointments should be scheduled.


Scheduling is one of the most difficult tasks for our receptionists because each doctor can only see one patient at a time and often a number of people get sick or injured at the same time or want to be seen at a particular time of day like after school. Historically, Mondays are usually busier because problems arise or are noticed more over weekends that prompts parents to want to get things taken care of that day.


Call 256-881-9355 for appointments during our regular office hours. We are at 1106 Gleneagles Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35801

 

 

 
 
 
     

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