Area Pediatricians Warn Parents About Retail Clinics

Megan Lynch

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) Some pediatricians want parents to think twice before taking their children to a retail clinic.

“When you walk into a retail clinic, they don’t have your child’s medical history immediately available, they would need to rely on you or whoever brings that child in to relay that information,” explains Dr. Heidi Sallee, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Sallee says if you have a healthy kid, something like a flu shot is no issue, but a more serious issue — such as repeated ear infections — needs to be tracked. “Does that information get back to your pediatrician or family practitioner because that may impact future care. If your child has specific allergies to medications, are their vaccines up to date, any underlying medical conditions or past medical problems that might be impacting the current concerns.”

Some SSM offices have posted notices advising families the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes such clinics, saying they may not provide your child with comprehensive treatment.

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