Keeping Parents Informed

Find answers to some of our most commonly asked questions, understand our clinic policies and gain the knowledge necessary to give your child the best environment to grow and succeed.

AGC Pediatrics’ Policies

Being led by Christ, we strive to glorify God by being faithful stewards of all He has entrusted to us, to honor God through the manner in which we meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those we serve, and to incorporate Christian values at every level of service.

First and foremost, we would like to make it clear that no sick child is turned away from our office.  This concerns all children that enter our doors, no exceptions.  If you have no appointment and are willing to wait to be seen, you will meet with a provider.

Scheduling Appointments

To schedule a future appointment, call (706)625-5900 and dial ‘0’ or remain on the line to be put in touch with our schedule operators.  Same-day appointments are often available, and if the schedule is full you will be worked in to one of the providers’ schedules.

No-show Policy

After the third no-show for a created appointment, the patient is no longer allowed to schedule appointments, and thus will have to walk in to be seen.

Patients with Outstanding Balances

Payment is due at the time of service (the day of your appointment), and failure to make payment on this day will result in a $20 billing and processing fee.  After three (3) office visits, if no payment has been received, full payment of the first office visit is required upon entering. 

Pediatric Healthcare FAQs

The staff at AGC Pediatrics understands the importance of your child’s health and wellness, and how difficult it can be to find the right kid’s doctor. Below are a few frequently asked questions.

Pediatric healthcare is a specialty medical field that provides specialized care to newborns, children and adolescents. At AGC Pediatrics in Calhoun and Cartersville, Georgia, our board-certified pediatricians provide compassionate, caring children’s healthcare from newborn to age 21.

Pediatricians are medical doctors who have undergone specialized training in the health and wellness of infants, adolescents, and young adults. At AGC Pediatrics, our pediatricians are board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and are dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare for your child.

Our pediatricians offer support and advice to parents concerning the growth and development, nutrition, safety, and emotional wellness of their children to promote ongoing healthy lifestyles.

We encourage new parents-to-be to visit our pediatricians at AGC Pediatrics for a prenatal appointment, which allows you to become acquainted with our office, staff, and pediatricians.

During your prenatal appointment, our pediatricians will answer any questions you may have about pediatric healthcare for your newborn and our faith-based practice.

Our pediatricians at AGC Pediatrics recommend scheduling well-child visits to ensure the overall health and development of your child in addition to visiting our office when your child is sick.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents follow this schedule for well-child visits:

  • 3 to 5 days
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 30 months
  • 3 years
  • 4 years

Beyond four years of age, it is important to schedule an annual behavioral and developmental assessment.

Vaccinations help children build immunity to many common diseases, such as tetanus, polio, measles, and mumps.

Vaccinations inject weakened forms of disease germs into your child’s body and allow their immune system to produce antibodies that would fight the true form of the disease. The antibodies “remember” the antigen, and fight infection to ensure your child’s health and well-being. 

Our board-certified pediatricians at AGC Pediatrics instruct parents to determine dosages by their child’s weight and not by their age. Please schedule an appointment to review and discuss correct dosages of over-the-counter medication with your child’s pediatrician.

Children under 6 months of age should not be given Ibuprofen, Advil or Motrin without first consulting your pediatrician. Acetaminophen/Tylenol should not be given to children under 2 months of age, and you should check with your child’s pediatrician to ensure the correct dosage per concentration.

Antibiotics are only prescribed for children with bacterial infections. While some viral infections may develop into bacterial infections – such as sinus or ear infections – children who suffer from illnesses such as the common cold will not be prescribed antibiotics.

Antibiotics present serious risks and carry potentially serious side effects, including:

  • Severe diarrhea
  • Allergic reaction
  • Developing bacterial-resistance due to inappropriate or overuse

There are several measures you can take as a parent to avoid your child getting sick.  Remember, all of us carry germs.  Remember to wash your and your child’s hands frequently, especially before, during, and after your visit with us at AGC.  Hand sanitizer dispensers are located in each room a patient enters at AGC.

Other than before and after you enter your exam room here, here are some other times where washing up will make a difference: before and after eating, touching food, or feeding your child; after using the bathroom or changing a diaper; after wiping a runny nose, whether yours or your child’s.

As always, you are welcome to exercise your right to information concerning your child’s health — please do not hesitate to speak with any of our employees.  Remember that it is ok to ask for an explanation or second opinion from your nurse or doctor.  From home you may call us on our main line and our operators will direct you to someone who can answer your questions.  After hours, you may leave a message on our Triage line.  A nurse will respond to the message within 30 minutes.

Ask your child’s doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about your child’s medicine or its dosage.  Also, ask your child’s doctor, nurse or pharmacist to write down things that you need to know for each medicine your child takes.  Each time that you give a medicine to your child, it is recommended that you read the label three times to avoid mistakes.  For questions about preventive medicines and over-the-counter medicines, you may ask us in person or call to speak with a nurse.

Schedule an Appointment with one of our pediatricians

AGC Pediatrics is a faith-based practice that seeks to provide top quality, child-focused care. Call us today at (706) 625-5900 and set up an appointment with our compassionate and talented pediatricians.

Please note, the information on this site is educational in nature, and is not intended to be diagnostic or to be a substitute for a careful examination and assessment by your child’s physician. If you are worried about your child, have your child checked by your child’s physician.