As if becoming a parent isn’t challenging enough, it starts with decisions to be made prior to baby’s arrival. Choosing the safest car seat or crib. Selecting the name your child will carry for life. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all your baby will need.
You can ease some stress by creating a care plan for your family. A care plan is as simple as having a pediatrician and knowing where to go for care for any kind of medical situation. If your child had an emergency, where would you take you them? What if you had a nonemergency question or situation, but your pediatrician’s office is closed? What if you weren’t able to leave your house for care? Having a plan to answer all of those questions can help you be ready in the moment and focus on your child’s care.
Choosing a pediatrician
Choosing the right pediatrician for your children is a decision best made before birth. A newborn typically will have a first checkup with a pediatrician within in their first week of life. That first week is no time to be stressing over the right doctor.
You want to choose a pediatrician you are comfortable with and trust. Your child’s doctor will be a major source of information, advice and medical support for the next 17+ years.
Get to know a pediatrician
Attend a Newbie Night at an office near work or home.
Norton Children’s — the first name in pediatric care in Louisville — has over 90 pediatric providers in 20 offices in Louisville, Southern Indiana and surrounding areas.
Backed by more than 100 years of medical expertise, the pediatricians of Norton Children’s Medical Associates are available for routine checks, preventive care as well as treatment for minor injuries and illnesses in newborns to teenagers. Plus, these trusted pediatricians have direct access to a network of highly trained specialists throughout Norton Children’s.
Should your child need emergency care, Norton Children’s has three “Just for Kids” locations. Staffed by caring specialists, each of our locations offers 24-hour emergency services and features equipment and facilities to provide care from infancy to age 18.
- Norton Children’s Hospital in downtown Louisville
- Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital in St. Matthews
- Norton Children’s Medical Center in northeastern Jefferson County
Pediatric after-hours care
Norton Immediate Care Center – Preston offers care for children after regular pediatrician office hours. We understand your child sometimes needs medical care when your pediatrician’s office is closed. We care for minor illnesses and injuries seven days a week at a convenient Louisville location — no appointment needed.
Office hours for Norton Children’s After Hours
Monday through Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturdays, 1 to 9 p.m.
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, call (502) 629-KIDS or toll-free (844) 629-KIDS.
Norton Immediate Care Center – Preston
7926 Preston Highway, Suite 210
Louisville, KY 40219
If your child is age 2 or older and the timing isn’t right to go to doctor’s office, consider Norton eCare.
Sign in through your MyNortonChart account and get connected through two options:
- An eVisit questionnaire and follow-up phone call
- A face-to-face secure online video visit with a Norton eCare provider. The provider may give you a diagnosis and treatment plan or recommend you see a provider in person.