We are dedicated to providing care for the whole child including comprehensive well-child care, as well as attention for acute illnesses, chronic illnesses, behavior concerns and any issues that affect your child's well-being. Realizing that the foundation of any relationship is good communication, we welcome your questions, comments and want to know of any concerns that you may have about your child. All of our physicians at the Ohio Center for Pediatrics are Board Certified in the specialty of pediatrics and adolescent medicine. To that end, we provide comprehensive care for our patients from birth through age 20. The physicians are all members of the medical staff at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and have ongoing relationships with the many fine sub-specialists at Nationwide Children's in the event that a specialist consultation is needed.
Appointments & Referrals
We can see your child by appointment only. If your child is ill and you wish to have them seen, it is best to call early in the morning so that we may accommodate your scheduling needs. Please advise the office staff regarding each child needing an appointment.
Antibiotics are powerful medicines used to treat certain illnesses. However, antibiotics do not cure everything, and unnecessary antibiotics can even be harmful to your child! There are 2 main types of germs that cause most infections. These are viruses and bacteria.
Antibiotics cannot kill viruses or help your child feel better. Viruses cause:
Antibiotics can be an effective treatment for some bacteria infections. Bacteria cause:
Some viruses cause symptoms that resemble bacterial infections, and some bacteria can cause symptoms that resemble viral infections. We can determine what type of illness your child has and recommend the proper type of treatment.
What are resistant bacteria?
Each time you take an antibiotic, bacteria are killed. Sometimes, bacteria causing infections are already resistant to prescribed antibiotics. Bacteria may also become resistant during treatment of an infection. Resistant bacteria do not respond to the antibiotics and continue to cause infection. A common misconception is that a person's body becomes resistant to specific medicines. However, it is the bacteria, not people, that become resistant to the medicines.
Each time you take or give your child an antibiotic unnecessarily or improperly, you increase the chance of developing medicine-resistant bacteria. Therefore, it is critically important to take antibiotics only when necessary. Because of these resistant bacteria, some diseases that used to be easy to treat are now becoming nearly impossible to treat.
Bacteria can develop resistance to certain medicines:
When are antibiotics needed?
This complicated question and depends on the specific diagnosis. For example, there are several types of ear infections—most need antibiotics, but some do not. Most cases of sore throat are caused by viruses. One kind, strep throat, diagnosed by a lab test, needs antibiotics.
Common viral infections, like coughs or a cold, can sometimes become complicated and a bacterial infection can develop. However, treating viral infections with antibiotics in order to prevent bacterial infections is not recommended because of the risk of causing bacterial resistance:
Remember that taking antibiotics appropriately and making sure your child receives the proper immunizations will help prevent having to take more dangerous and more costly medicines.
We ask that you make sure to get all necessary prescriptions written at the time of your office visit. If you are on daily medications for a condition such as ADHD/ADD, asthma or allergies, we will be prescribing the amount necessary until your next follow-up appointment (generally 3-6 months, depending on your child's diagnosis). Many of our patients have insurance changes every year. If you need new prescriptions because of a change in your insurance, you will need to schedule a follow-up visit with the doctor. Every insurance plan has its own formulary. If you want to make sure to have a prescription prescribed with the lowest pharmacy co-pay, you need to bring in your formulary and discuss this with the doctor at the time of each visit. If there is a medical necessity for a prescription to be called in after-hours, a $25.00 fee will be charged. This applies to all prescriptions called in after hours and on weekends, prescriptions called in without an office visit, and prescriptions called in or written due to formulary changes separate from an office visit. This fee will not be billed to your insurance company, and will be your responsibility.
6255 Emerald Parkway, Suite A, Dublin, OH
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday Limited Hours
Lauren C. Bar Lev, M.D.
Kimberly Blazer, M.D.
Mary Beth Cass, M.D.
Domenico Pietropaolo, M.D.
M. Bonnie Pugh, M.D.
Purbi S. Sahai, M.D.