FAQS
  • When should I call the office for appointments?

    Our office is open Monday-Saturday. We begin taking calls at 9 AM during the week and 8 AM on Saturdays. If your child is sick, please call as soon as our office opens. We have same day sick appointments every day. However, if your child has been having issues with constipation / headaches / chronic abdominal pain / behavior issues / anxiety, we may need to schedule your child at a later time. This is because for chronic / long lasting conditions, we like to spend extra time with you. For well baby appointments, please call after 10:00 AM. We highly encourage you to schedule your next well child visit before you leave the office. We are closed major holidays.

  • What immunizations are recommended for my child? What is office policy on vaccines?

    This is a hot topic! It is an open conversation here at Next Generation Pediatrics. At every well child visit we will answer questions about vaccines and help you create a plan for your child. We will discuss the American Academy of Pediatrics schedule and all required and recommended vaccines for school, preschool, and daycare. We understand vaccine hesitancy and are willing to discuss it with you. Here are links to the Vaccine Information Sheets from the CDC: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/index.html

  • Why are well child appointments important?

    We at Next Generation Pediatrics firmly believe that well child appointments are important for your child’s health. Well child visits can help identify delays in milestones or the need for specialists. We have found children who are delayed in milestones or needing to see the specialists at well child visits. If you do not keep up to date with well child visits, you will be dismissed from our clinic. Please see the scheduled appointment list HERE. Well child appointments are not the appropriate time to talk about your child’s chronic health conditions. If your child is ill, please reschedule the well child exam. We will only see two children from the same family at the same time.

  • What should I know about preschool, school or sports physicals?

    As the time approaches to register your child for the coming year, necessary school physical forms must be completed. We require urine specimens at kindergatren, 6th, 9th grade and sports physicals. We fill out school, sports / camp forms, asthma medication school forms and others during your child's office visit free of charge if the request is made at the time of your child’s visit. If a request to complete a form occurs after your child’s visit, a charge will apply.

    Sports Participation Form

    $15

    IL School Form

    $15

    Religious exemption form

    $15

    Camp Physical Forms

    $15

    Asthma Medication Forms

    $15

    School Excuses

    $15

    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity

    $15

    Home Health/Therapy Forms

    $15

    Pre-authorization/Medication Forms

    $15

    Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

    $100

    Medical Exemption on official letterhead

    $100

    Other letters on official letterhead

    $100

    Transferring to another pediatrician / records request

    $25

    Please remember to have the front staff scan any forms filled out during your child’s visit. If we have the forms scanned into the computer, you will not be charged a fee if you need a copy. Physicals are only valid one year from the date of the exam. Some letters and forms may take up to two weeks to complete. Please allow ample time for this.

  • Late cancellation / No Show Policy

    We strive to stay on time, so we ask that you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. For well child visits, there are usually developmental forms to fill out prior to being seen by the providers. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your appointment time, we will ask you to reschedule. There will be a $35 fee for any no show appointment or if less than 24 hour cancellation. There is a $150 fee if an initial ADHD appointment is missed / late cancellation.

  • How do I refill medications for my child?

    We are happy to refill your long term medications. Please call your pharmacy and have them send us a request for refilling your medicine. Refill requests should be made at least 5 business days before your medication runs out. This will give our office ample time to review the chart and refill the request as appropriate. We may require a follow up visit prior to authorizing the refill. ADHD medications cannot be called into pharmacies and pharmacies will not contact us requesting refills. We will be happy to mail these out to you or you may pick up the written prescription at the office during regular business hours. ADHD patients need office visits every 1 to 4 months, as per provider recommendations. Asthma / allergy / chronic illness patients need office visits every 6 months. We will not refill medications after hours.

  • What about notes excusing my child from school, sports, or other activities?

    A note, if medically necessary, will be written for a patient who has been seen at the office. Please let the provider know that your child needs a note for school.

  • Our Services :: Comprehensive Medical Care from Newborn to Age 18 years

    - Well Child Exams
    - Immunizations
    - Sports Pre-Participation Exams
    - Sick Visits
    - Asthma Education and Management
    - ADHD Management
    - Acne Management
    - Lab testing
    - Influenza
    - Rapid Strep A Screen
    - RSV Nasal Screen
    - Urinalysis
    - Lead Levels Screen drawn in office
    - Hemoglobin
    - Wart removal
    - Ear Piercing

  • After Hours :: Where To Call When The Office Is Closed

    This service should not be used for non-urgent medical questions, medication refills or appointment requests. When the office is closed there is always a provider available through our answering service 24 hours a day for URGENT calls. Please save your routine/non-urgent questions or concerns for the next business day.

    We anticipate that many illnesses and injuries will occur after the office is closed. If you have an urgent question or concern about your child’s health and it is outside regular office hours please call us for phone advice. If you need to contact a provider after the office has closed, please call the office number and you will be directed to the on-call provider. We return after hours phone calls within 30 minutes for URGENT matters. If you do not hear from us within 30 minutes, please call back. If you need to make an appointment or your child has a minor illness, please call us during regular business hours. If you need an acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen ( Advil / Motrin) or benadryl dosage, please click HERE. There will be a $25 fee for calls about minor illnesses, medication refills, or dosing of tylenol, ibuprofen or benadryl. Our on-call providers can address your concerns and let you know whether your child needs immediate medical attention; or whether it can wait until the morning.

    Call our hotline if you see any of the following: ● Abnormal bleeding ● Unusually high fever ● Fever in a child younger than 3 months old ● Persistent vomiting or diarrhea ● Violent coughing ● Odd rashes ● Lethargic children ● Any other mild emergencies

    In some situations, you may not be able to tell whether or not your child is in immediate danger. Emergencies consist of any condition that would be considered life-threatening. If any of these situations arise, call 911 immediately.

  • Do you always use antibiotics to treat my child’s illness?

    We believe there are many ways to treat infections. First and foremost, we try to keep your child healthy. We often suggest diet changes / proper nutrition, good multivitamins, and chiropractic care to ward off illnesses. We also offer homeopathic options for your child.

  • List of Well Child Visits

    After above thirteen visits are completed, Child should visit every year, well child visits are very important to make sure your child is developmentally and physically appropriate for their age. If you miss any appointments, you will be dismissed from our clinic.

    VISIT

    AGE

    FIRST

    2 TO 3 DAYS AFTER BIRTH

    SECOND

    2 WEEKS AFTER BIRTH

    THIRD VISIT

    1 MONTH OLD

    FOURTH VISIT

    2 MONTHS OLD

    FIFTH VISIT

    4 MONTHS OLD

    SIXTH VISIT

    6 MONTHS OLD

    SEVENTH VISIT

    9 MONTHS

    EIGHT VISIT

    12 MONHTS

    NINETH VISIT

    15 MONTHS

    TENTH VISIT

    18 MONHTS

    ELEVENTH VISIT

    24 MONTHS

    TWELVETH VISIT

    2 ½ YEARS

    THIRTEENTH

    3 YEARS

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Schening is on staff at Advocate Sherman Hospital. Directions can be found HERE

  • Dosing Charts - Tylenol(acetaminophen), Ibuprofen, Benadryl

    Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Dosing


    Please call the office if your child is younger than 3 months old with a fever or if your child is lethargic, has a rash with fever, has had a fever for more than 2 days or has a fever greater than 103.5.

    Weight

    Age

    Infant Suspension
    160mg / 5 ml

    Children Suspension
    160 mg / 5 ml

    6 – 11 lbs

    0-3 months

    1.25 ml

    1.25 ml

    12 – 17 lbs

    4 – 11 months

    2.5 ml

    2.5 ml

    18 – 23 lbs

    12 – 23 months

    3.75 ml

    3.75 ml

    24 – 35 lbs

    2 – 3 years old

    5 ml

    5 ml

    36 – 47 lbs

    4 – 5 years old

    _

    7.5 ml

    48 – 59 lbs

    6 – 8 years old

    _

    10 ml

    60 – 71 lbs

    9 – 10 years old

    _

    12.5 ml

    72 – 95 lbs

    11 – 12 years old

    _

    15 ml

    Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) Dosing

    Do not give ibuprofen to children younger than 6 months old. Call the office if your child has fever with: lethargy, rash, or fevers lasting longer than 2 days. Do not use if allergic to ibuprofen or NSAIDS. Do not use more than 4 doses in 24 hours.

    Weight

    Age

    Infant Concentrated Drops

    Childrens ibuprofen suspension 100 mg / 5 ml

    12 – 17 LBS

    6 – 11 months

    1.25 ml

     

    18 – 23 lbs

    12 – 23 months

    1.875 ml

     

    24 – 35 lbs

    2 – 3 years

     

    5 ml

    36 – 47 lbs

    4 – 5 years

     

    7.5 ml

    48 – 59 lbs

    6 – 7 years

     

    10 ml

    60 – 71 lbs

    8 - 9 years

     

    12.5 ml

    72 – 95 lbs

    10 – 11 years

     

    15 ml

     

     

     

     

    Benadryl Dosage

    Please do not use multi – ingredient medications in children. Accidental overdose may occur.
    If your child is under 9 months of age, please contact the office for dosage.


    Weight of child

    16 – 20 lbs

    20 – 24 lbs

    25 – 37 lbs

    38 – 49 lbs

    50 – 99 lbs

    100 +

    Liquid 12.5 mg / 5 ml

    2.5 ml

    3.75 ml

    5 ml

    7.5 ml

    10 ml

     

    Chewable tabs 12.5 mg

    X

    X

    1 tab

    1 1/2 tabs

    2 tabs

    4 tab

    Tablets 25 mg

    X

    X

    ½ tab

    ½ - ¾ tab

    1 tab

    2 tab

    Capsule 25 mg

    X

    X

    X

    X

    1 capsule

    2 capsule

    2.5 ml = ½ tsp
    3.75 ml = ¾ tsp
    Do not use Benadryl for allergies in children under age 1 because it can be a sedative.  If your child has hives for the first time, please call the office.  If your child has hives and breathing difficulties, give Benadryl and call the office immediately or 911.

    Bendaryl (diphenhydramine) may be given every 6 – 8 hours.
  • Referrals

    If your insurance requires a referral, please notify our office a minimum of 5 working days prior to the specialist appointment.

  • Medication dosages

    Do not give your child more than one product containing ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Ibuprofen: Click Here



*Our last appointment is scheduled 30-45 min before closing time.
*Hours and Providers are subject to change without notice.