• Caring for children and their families for over 80 years.

Whether you’re looking for a wellness checkup or you have a health concern, your kids deserve the best care you can find. Choose either of our locations as your medical home and your kids will receive the kind of treatment that only 80 years of experience can provide. We can’t wait to meet them!

Here’s what we offer:

Annual Physical Exams

Yearly checkups keep kids healthy! An annual physical exam is the first step towards lifelong health for kids (and adults) of all ages.
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Sick Visit Care

Our staff is responsive, helpful, and reliable, and our physicians have experience you can rely on.
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In-house Lab

Because we offer lab services in-house, you get reliable results, faster.

Regular Immunizations

Find out about Old Harding Pediatrics Associates' vaccination policy.
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Night and Weekend Clinic

Open 363 days a year, only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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24-hour On-call Services

Licensed nurses are available and work closely with our physicians, who are available 24 hours a day.
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Online Patient Portal

Our Patient Portal is your go-to source for appointments, communication, and more.
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Newborn Classes

Your new arrival is going to be magical. Together we can get you ready!
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Announcements

We are here to provide all of your child’s primary care needs

We are here to provide all of your child’s primary care needs

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As we head into sick season, we want to remind you that we are here to serve all of your children’s primary care needs, including evaluation and testing of flu, strep, and COVID if your child is experiencing symptoms. We are also available on evenings and weekends to make your life a little easier. Call us today today to schedule an appointment at 615-352-2990.

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Coronavirus Statement

Coronavirus Statement

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that typically cause mild colds. We see them year-round, although like all cold/cough viruses, more in the winter. Most of us and our kids have already had 1 or more of the 4 mild strains that cause mild illness – cough, runny nose, fever.

COVID-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus. That means it’s something our immune systems have never seen before. However, because children are exposed to so many other viruses in the same family on a regular basis, they do seem to have some cross-immunity to this strain. Like how even in seasons when the flu shot isn’t a terrific match, vaccinated individuals who catch the flu can fight it off very quickly. A healthy immune system recognizes the virus quickly and mounts an immune response quickly. This may be the reason why there have been no pediatric deaths reported in any country.

Like other coronaviruses, COVID-19 will cause cold/cough symptoms, likely with a mild fever. Like other viruses, there is no treatment besides symptomatic care — Tylenol and Motrin, honey for coughs in kids older than 1 year, cool-mist humidifiers and suctioning for babies. Stay hydrated and comfortable. Like other viruses, there is a greater concern for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

The spread of COVID-19 in other countries has been worsened by people flooding the ER’s and clinic. Don’t do that. If you or your child has mild cold symptoms, stay home! We do not even need to see you in our office. Follow school guidelines for returning — no fever for 24 hours, no disruptive coughing, child feels well enough to participate. **We do NOT have a test for COVID-19 in our office.

So unless symptoms are severe, we urge you to not call for an appointment either.**Your child SHOULD be seen for:

— respiratory distress, including a barking cough, increased work of breathing, or cough that interferes with sleep or play
— A baby under 60 days with any fever (>100.4F)
— dehydration
— sore throat in the absence of cold symptoms
— ear pain for more than 2 days in kids older than 2y, or in conjunction with fever in kids younger than 2y
– – in kids 60 days or older, fever above 100.4 for more than 5 days

The chances are that COVID-19 is already widespread. US medical staff did not start testing in this country until last week and not tested many, because test supplies are limited.

Flu is still the major cause of illness in the pediatric population. Most of us at OHPA are seeing lots of kids with the flu each day. Getting flu vaccine every season is still one of the best ways to prevent severe sickness from flu.

Other keys to stay safe and healthy.

Stay calm.
Wash your hands.
Cover your cough.
Call us for any concerns.

Stay tuned to our website and social media outlets. We’ll have updates as we learn more.

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