Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to transfer to your practice, what should I do?

Just call Polar Pediatrics at 907-522-KIDS (5437) and schedule a 5-minute telephone interview. The phone interview will be followed by a complimentary 30-minute, non-medical appointment—to get to know us. At that time, you can fill out a request if information form and we will obtain your previous records.  Be sure to bring your new patient forms, filled out, your insurance information, your ID and your child's immunization record with you so we can check to see if any shots are due.

What is a primary care doctor? How will we be involved in your child's life?

A primary care doctor is a physician who knows your child's health well and helps you make decisions relating to your child's needs.

Monique M. Child M.D. serves as a primary care doctor. She will get to know you and your children, their medical history, lifestyle and habits. At Polar Pediatrics, we care for you as a whole family and can act as coordinators and experts in navigating the medical system. We learn about your child and can help you make important decisions about large and small things—from which healthy foods to feed your child to how to care for a very ill child. We request that you ask all other providers participating in your child's care (e.g. homeopaths, naturopaths, physical therapists, psychologists, etc.) to supply us information about what care they give. This enables us to provide true, comprehensive care.

What is well-child care? What is the schedule for well-child visits?

Well-child care is about caring for the whole child. It focuses on checking in with your child at regular intervals in their development, in order to provide them the best support and opportunity to grow, thrive and remain healthy.

Well-child checks involve a physical at different stages in a child's life. We monitor growth, achievement of developmental milestones and answer any questions you or your child may have related to physical and emotional health.

Our office recommends the American Association of Pediatrics’ well-child schedule:

  • Birth
  • One week
  • Two weeks
  • 1 month
  • Then 2,4,6,9,12,15,18, 24 and 30 months.
  • Starting at three years old, yearly, unless health status suggests more often (such as quarterly), when chronic illness exists.

What is our immunization philosophy? What schedule do we recommend?

We encourage every parent to research and ask questions. Our office is here to work with you through the process and make sure all your concerns are addressed. It is important to realize that if you elect not to immunize you will need to find care elsewhere. At every visit we will catch your child up with the current CDC recommendations.