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The pediatric and adolescent medicine experts at Starling Physicians provide ongoing and comprehensive medical care for children of all ages. Our commitment is to help children reach their highest potential by working with families to promote and maintain their child’s physical and emotional well–being.

We are your partners in guiding your child on a path of optimal health. In order to attain this, we continuously strive to meet and exceed our patients’ expectations while maintaining the highest standards of excellence in pediatric medicine. From prenatal consultation visits and preventive care to treatment of acute illnesses and the ongoing management of chronic health conditions, Starling Physicians offers complete medical treatment for children from infancy through late adolescence.

Our pediatricians are accessible and are here to guide you when your child is ill. We offer same-day sick visits when indicated during normal business hours and are available by phone 24 hours a day/7 days by a week for urgent matters.

We provide a wide range of services: 

  • Well child visits
  • Annual school and sports physicals
  • Screenings (vision, hearing, development, mental health, and lead)
  • Guidance for parents or guardians
  • Immunizations
  • Treatment of acute illness
  • Management of chronic conditions

All of our pediatricians are board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and have backgrounds that include an undergraduate degree, four years of medical school, and three years of post-doctoral training in inpatient and outpatient medicine. Our offices are conveniently located in Plainville, New Britain, and Newington.

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Saturdays: 8:30am–12pm

 

We are always here for you! When your child is ill, we should be your first point of contact. For urgent matters after hours, your call will be forwarded to our on-call team. Our doctors or nurses can hear your concerns and guide you on next steps.

We are pleased to welcome the excellent providers at Vernon Pediatrics to the Starling pediatrics team. Drs. Rapaport, Martin, Lahman, Huang-Bulger, and nurse Karpey will continue to see patients at their office at 357 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon.

If you are a patient of the former Vernon Pediatrics, please click here >>

  • Office Policies

  • Well Child Visit Schedule

    Newborn: 2-4 days after birth15 mo.
    2 weeks18 mo.
    2 mo.24 mo.
    4 mo.30 mo.
    6 mo.Yearly after age 3 until age 18
    9 mo.
    12 mo.

     

  • School and Sports Physicals

  • Sick Visits

    What to do when your child is sick

    When your child is ill, it is natural to worry and want to seek immediate care. We can help. The first step is to call us so we can hear your concerns and help you determine the next steps. We are available by phone 24/7 for urgent matters. If our office is closed, a nurse or doctor is on-call and available to advise you.

    Same-Day Sick Visits: We have spaces reserved for children who need to be seen for an acute illness during office hours. Symptoms may include:

    • A fever that lasts several days, is unusually high, or has certain associated symptoms
    • Ear pain, drainage from the ear, or ear pulling
    • Prolonged sore throat with or without white patches on the tonsils
    • Severe abdominal pain
    • Sports injuries
    • Trouble with or pain urinating
    • Difficulty breathing; in severe instances, go straight to the ER

    If we feel you do not need to be seen right away, you may be asked to monitor your child and call back with an update if the symptoms do not improve.

    Urgent Care Centers: These centers can be useful after hours or on weekends when an issue can’t wait. However, it is important to touch base with us first to see if a visit is necessary. We know your child’s health history. Urgent care staff may have minimal training in pediatrics and may not be comfortable treating infants and young children for anything beyond the simplest of ailments. If your health concern is not urgent, we may advise you to wait to be seen in our office the next business day.

    Emergency Room:  Sparing yourself and your child an unnecessary trip to the ER is not just a matter of convenience. A visit to the ER can expose your already sick child to hospital germs and other infections carried by fellow ER visitors. In addition, ER care is generally more expensive and you may find yourself waiting several hours. However, we recommend going to the ER when any of the following issues arise:

    • Fever of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher in a child under 2 months
    • A severe injury such as a broken bone, laceration, or burn
    • Significant head injury, especially if associated with vomiting or child is not behaving normally
    • A seizure
    • Signs of dehydration, such as very dry lips and mouth, absence of urination for more than 12 hours, lethargy, and confusion
    • Heavy, fast breathing, gasping for air, or trouble speaking
    • Impaired mental state – dazed, confused, or unlike himself/herself

    As a rule, if your child is able to walk, talk, interact and play, chances are that whatever he or she has is not an emergency.

    You want what is best for your child and so do we. Call us so we can discuss your child’s health and guide you in seeking care.

    New Britain: (860) 224-6282
    Newington: (860) 666-5167
    Plainville: (860) 747-1132

    Monday – Friday: 8:30am–5pm
    Saturdays: 8:30am–12pm

  • How to Remove a Tick

    Most tick bites are harmless but if a tick is attached to the skin, it needs to be removed. The article below discusses different types of ticks, how to remove them, and when to seek care. This is helpful information for kids and adults.

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  • Myths and Facts about Lyme Disease

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers the following truths about ticks.

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  • Back to School Tips

    Pediatrician Dr. Marc Ramirez talks with ABC’s CT Style Live about how to get children ready for back to school. He talks about the importance of getting on a schedule, how to engage your child in healthy eating, and how to avoid back strain.

  • Helpful Resources

    General Information:
    • healthychildren.org
    • American Academy of Pediatrics (APP.org)
    Healthy Eating:
    Constipation:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgBj7Mc_4sc

    Anxiety:

    https://www.aacap.org/aacap/families_and_youth/Resource_Centers/Anxiety_Disorder_Resource_Center/Home.aspx

    Fever:

    https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/fever/Pages/default.aspx

    https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Issues-Advice-on-Managing-Fevers-in-Children.aspx

    Tick Bites:

    https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/from-insects-animals/Pages/How-To-Remove-A-Tick.aspx

    https://www.aappublications.org/news/2017/11/13/PPLyme111417

    Healthy lifestyle:

    https://letsmove.obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/

    Antibiotics Awareness:
  • Dosing Guidelines

  • Antibiotics Awareness

    Antibiotics save lives When a patient needs antibiotics, the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects and antibiotic resistance. However, antibiotics aren’t always the answer.

    Everyone can help improve the way antibiotics are used – from the doctors who prescribe them to the ways that we take these medications. Being safe and knowledgeable about antibiotics can help keep us healthy now, helps fight antibiotic resistance, and ensures that these lifesaving antibiotics will be available for future generations.

    What you need to know:

    Antibiotics do not work on viruses, such as those that cause colds, flu, or runny noses, even if the mucus is thick, yellow, or green.

    Antibiotics are only needed for treating infections caused by bacteria, but even some bacterial infections get better without antibiotics. Antibiotics aren’t needed for many sinus infections and some ear infections.

    An antibiotic will not make you feel better if you have a virus. Respiratory viruses usually go away in a week or two without treatment. Ask your healthcare professional about the best way to feel better while your body fights off the virus.

    When antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still cause harm. Side effects range from minor to very severe health problems. When you need antibiotics for a bacterial infection, then the benefits usually outweigh the risk of side effects.

    Taking antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them.

    Antibiotic resistance is on the rise. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people get infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. At least 23,000 people die as a result.

    If you need antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about your antibiotics.

    Talk with your Starling provider if you develop any side effects, especially severe diarrhea, since that could be a Clostridium difficile (C. difficile or C. diff) infection, which needs to be treated.

    Do your best to stay healthy and keep others healthy by cleaning hands, covering coughs, staying home when sick, and getting recommended vaccines, such as the flu vaccine.

    Here are 3  important resources to learn more: