Important Announcement re: After Hours Advice Line

As you know medical costs continue to climb and we are currently confronted with the need to change, and pay significantly more for, our after hours advice calls.  We are committed to providing thorough and timely medical advice for your family, including after hours. 

After an extensive search and review process, we are pleased to announce that starting on 2/1/24 we, along with all UBCP-affiliated practices, will be offering after hours advice through a new group, Anytime Pediatrics.  

When our office is closed, including on holidays, you may call Anytime Pediatrics for advice at (623) 663-1707. As before, if your child needs an after-hours appointment, appointments can be made at GoHealth in Oakland. One important change to note is that we will bill your insurance for these calls, and that these calls may be subject to a co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible, if not covered by your insurance. 


Prior to making an after-hour call, the providers at Berkeley Pediatrics recommend that you look up your child’s symptoms on the AAP website symptom checker: 



The Role of Pediatricians in Early Childhood Development

Monitoring your child’s development is an important part of what a pediatrician does. It’s important to visit your pediatrician, because child development is a complex area and needs the expertise of a specialist.

What You Need To Know About Child Development

There are a lot of developmental milestones your child will achieve. A pediatrician can help determine if your child is achieving them at a normal rate, or if there is some delay in development. When a developmental delay is identified, treatment and management can begin.

American Pediatric Association guidelines state that children should have developmental assessments at 9, 18, and 30 months, as part of a routine well-child visit. The pediatrician will also screen your child for autism at 18 and 24 months, during a routine well-child visit. A developmental assessment can happen earlier if your child is:

  • Not talking or began talking late
  • Having problems remembering things
  • Not able to roll over, sit up, crawl, or walk
  • Having difficulty with fine motor skills
  • Not understanding what others are saying
  • Having difficulty problem-solving
  • Having difficulty being social with other children

If you notice any of the signs listed above, you should schedule a developmental assessment with the pediatrician. Early identification of developmental issues can lead to earlier treatment and a better outcome for your child.

There are several steps which happen during a developmental assessment. Your pediatrician will:

  • Perform a comprehensive review of your child’s illnesses, medications and hospitalizations
  • Observe your child’s behaviors, mannerisms, cognitive abilities, emotional, and physical delays
  • Provide questionnaires, checklists, and surveys to gather important baseline developmental information
  • Interview you and members of your household, your child’s teachers, and others close to your child

Your pediatrician will develop a treatment plan based on the assessment. Your pediatrician may recommend a combination of treatments, including:

  • Cognitive exercises
  • Medication therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy.

To review the American Pediatric Association guidelines for developmental assessment, please click here.

Want To Know More?

To discover more about the role of a pediatrician in early childhood development, call our pediatrician today.

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