Pediatrics

Advanced Pediatric Care You Can Trust

We know how important it is to have a happy, healthy child. Our pediatric team at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is committed to offering the high-quality care your family deserves.

We offer both routine care for life’s normal healthcare issues, as well as advanced specialty care in over 20 pediatric specialties and sub-specialties. For newborns, infants and children of all ages, we are North Louisiana’s place to find specialists including: a pediatric gastroenterologist, a pediatric oncologist, a pediatric cardiologist, a pediatric pulmonologist, a pediatric urologist, a pediatric neurologist and more.

From well-child checkups and immunizations to advanced cancer care, our pediatricians are here for you and your little one. In addition to providing preventive services, Ochsner LSU Health pediatricians specialize in diagnosing and treating childhood diseases and disorders such as:

Our services include:

  • Routine health screenings and physicals
  • Office visits for sicknesses
  • Urgent care for illnesses
  • Flu shots
  • Vaccinations and routine immunizations for infants
  • Care for chronic problems
  • Care of LGBTQ patients
  • Cancer care with pediatric certified chemotherapy nurses (recognized as one of only eight hospitals nationwide affiliated with St. Jude’s Hospital)
  • Sessions with our child-life specialists, who can help you and your child deal with the challenges of hospitalizations, illnesses and injuries
  • Expert recommendations from our pediatric registered dietitian, who can help assess and coordinate your child’s specialized nutrition needs
  • Effective medication therapy for various conditions with the help of a pediatric pharmacist
  • Pediatric obesity and lifestyle medicine
  • Highly specialized neonatal care for premature and special needs newborns and infants.
  • Surgical care with dedicated and highly trained pediatric surgeons
  • Routine and comprehensive pediatric gynecology care
  • Pediatric sedation services for children who undergo procedures in our hospitals
  • Ophthalmology (treatment of conditions that affect the eye, eyelid and surrounding tissues)

Our pediatric team members are trained and experienced in health problems specific to children, from birth through adolescence. We provide advanced care for infants, children and teens who need the highest levels of support, such as:

  • Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) with pediatrically trained doctors
  • Level II pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
  • Level II pediatric trauma center
  • Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), including NICU transport

We have received many honors and recognitions for the quality of care we provide to infants, children and teens in our area.

The ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support

The Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Award for Excellence in Life Support recognizes life-support programs worldwide that distinguish themselves by having processes, procedures and systems in place that promote excellence and exceptional care. Our pediatric program was recognized as an ELSO Gold Level Center of Excellence in 2018 for our commitment to quality critical care.

First LERN Recognized Pediatric Trauma Program in Louisiana

The Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) recognized Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport as a Pediatric Level II Trauma Program on July 1, 2019 making it the first and only program in Louisiana to receive the Pediatric Trauma Program recognition.

LERN assists EMS providers and hospitals throughout North Louisiana in transporting injured children, and the Pediatric Trauma Program reinforces the highly specialized trauma care provided at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – Academic Medical Center.

Tiniest Babies Registry

Premature newborns require expert care from a highly trained team of doctors and providers. Our team was recognized on the Tiniest Babies Registry as having cared for one of Louisiana’s smallest babies. Search for “Walyat” on this list to learn more.

What do I need to do if I’m a new patient?

  • Check in 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • Have both your primary (and secondary if applicable) insurance information available.
  • Be prepared to make your co-payment, if applicable.
  • Please bring any medications, or a list of medications with dosage and number of times per day they are taken, along with you. Don’t forget to include over-the-counter medications.
  • A current list of drugs (formulary) covered on your insurance will also help your doctor make any necessary changes in your medication.

How do I obtain a copy of my medical records?
For instructions on how to request copies of your child’s medical records, click here.

What if I have a problem when my doctor’s office is closed?
If you have a medical concern or problem outside of normal operating hours, please call our Ochsner On-Call at 504-842-3155. Ochsner On Call provides appointment booking, health education, and advisory services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Specially trained registered nurses are available to discuss your health care concerns, to help you decide if your symptoms require going to the emergency room for assessment or a visit to a physician, and to recommend appropriate self-care techniques.

How does Ochsner LSU Health keep track of immunization records?
Ochsner participates in the LINKS program, also known as the Louisiana Immunization Network for Kids Statewide. It is a computer-based immunization information system administered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The purpose of LINKS is to coordinate immunizations among health care providers to assure adequate immunization levels and to avoid unnecessary immunizations.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my doctor’s appointment?
Out of consideration for other patients who may need the appointment time, please give Ochsner LSU Health at least 24 hours advance notice if you are unable to keep your appointment time.

What is a virtual visit?

A virtual visit is a secure video appointment with your doctor via your smartphone or tablet. This allows patients to conduct a traditional office visit with their provider electronically through their MyChart app without leaving home or work.

How do I schedule a virtual visit with my pediatrician?

Follow these steps to schedule an appointment online as a virtual visit in the MyOchsner portal. You may also call 1-866-624-7637 to schedule a pediatrics virtual visit.

What are the technical requirements for a virtual visit?

You must have a mobile phone or tablet with a front-facing camera and iOS or Android operating system. Download the MyChart app on your device and select Ochsner Health as your healthcare provider. You can find the MyChart app in the App Store (iPhone) and Google Play Store (Android).

How do I start a virtual visit?

Before your visit, complete the ePre-Check in the MyChart app to verify your insurance, demographics and sign the Telehealth Consent Form. Click on your appointment to view the details and allow access to your camera and microphone. Select ‘Begin Visit’ in your appointment to enter a virtual visit waiting room until your provider joins the appointment. View the complete steps here.

I am a new patient. Can I do a virtual visit with an Ochsner LSU Health pediatrician?

Some visit types can be done virtually for new patients in Louisiana. To schedule a virtual or in-person appointment, call 1-866-624-7637 or access the MyOchsner portal.

What conditions can be seen during a general pediatrics virtual visit?

Virtual visits are a convenient option for appointments related to the following conditions:

  • Development/behavior (feeding, potty training, sleeping disorders)
  • Pink eye
  • Rashes
  • Seasonal allergies (sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, itchy nose)
  • ADHD follow up visit
  • Visit follow up
  • Perspective parent & pediatrician meet and greet

Appointments requiring a physical exam, diagnostic test or procedure should be scheduled as an in-person visit. These conditions are appropriate for in-person visits:

  • Well-child checks
  • Immunizations
  • Ear pain
  • Wheezing or cough
  • Fever
  • Falls or head injuries
  • Severe pain of any kind
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abscess
  • New ADHD
  • Limp
  • Joint pain or swelling
  • Headaches
  • Laceration

What conditions can be seen during a specialty pediatrics virtual visit?

Virtual visits are a convenient option for many follow up appointments related to the following conditions:

  • Cardiology: post-op follow up, arrhythmia, new referrals for loop recorder or ablation, dysautonomia, POTS, palpitation, syncope, blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, single ventricle
  • Endocrinology: Vitamin D deficiency, obesity, transgender follow ups, osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, irregular periods, diabetes, hypoglycemia
    • Appointments requiring a physical exam, diagnostic test or procedure should be scheduled as an in-person visit. These conditions are appropriate for in-person visits: panhypopituitarism, adrenal insufficiency, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, short/tall stature, precocious/delayed puberty, gynecomastia, thyroid cancer, hyperthyroidism, goiter, rickets with bone deformities
  • Hematology/Oncology: any cancer or hematology diagnosis except for lymphadenopathy which should be seen in person
  • Palliative Care: cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, psychoeducation, psychological assessments
  • Gastroenterology: follow up visits for abdominal pain, celiac disease, colitis, Crohn’s, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), constipation, diarrhea, failure to thrive/growth problems, general gastroenterology, liver, pancreatitis, reflux, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), heartburn, vomiting
  • Neurology: follow up visits for epilepsy, general neurology, headaches, memory disorders, movement disorders, traumatic brain injuries
  • Pulmonology: follow up visits for asthma, cough, wheezing

What does a pediatrics virtual visit cost?

The cost is the same as an in-person visit, as covered by your insurance. As with an in-person visit, you will be billed for co-pay at the time of your virtual visit (where you can pay online) or after the visit is completed. Contact your insurance provider for covered benefits.

What are the advantages of a virtual visit?

A virtual visit provides the same Ochsner experience with added convenience. The physician will do a comprehensive visit with each patient to determine next steps for their care.

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