Kristen K. Brown, MD

★★★★☆
  • 1430 North Arlington Heights Road

    Arlington Heights, IL 60004

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  • 847-253-3600

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Dr. Brown has repeatedly surpassed our expectations in treating our 2 year old son. Our son has experienced chronic ear and allergy problems. Dr. Brown has on several occasions called our home to check in on him, even when she wasn't the physician treating him at the time. She explains options and listens to your questions. She is thorough, knowledgeable, and cares for her patients. She is truly an outstanding pediatrician. I would highly recommend her.

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Dr. Brown has repeatedly surpassed our expectations in treating our 2 year old son. Our son has experienced chronic ear and allergy problems. Dr. Brown has on several occasions called our home to check in on him, even when she wasn't the physician treating him at the time. She explains options and listens to your questions. She is thorough, knowledgeable, and cares for her patients. She is truly an outstanding pediatrician. I would highly recommend her.

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I switched to Dr. Brown's practice after being disappointed one too many times with our previous practice. I have yet to have a bad experience at North Arlington Pediatrics. Dr. Brown has treated all three of my children on multiple occasions and I have found her care to be at the highest level. I believe her and her colleagues to be excellent physicians.

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I switched to Dr. Brown's practice after being disappointed one too many times with our previous practice. I have yet to have a bad experience at North Arlington Pediatrics. Dr. Brown has treated all three of my children on multiple occasions and I have found her care to be at the highest level. I believe her and her colleagues to be excellent physicians.

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My four year old son was having an immune reaction (hugely swollen upper arm from top of shoulder to just below elbow--red hot) to a DTAP shot he received Monday, Sept. 22. After speaking to nurses twice on Wednesday when there was no improvement and the swollen half a limb had begun to itch, we were told to come in. As they were giving us a time to come in, five hives sprang up on the side of his neck. The same side of his body that had the injection. My husband took our son in at 7:50pm and saw Dr. Brown. She confirmed that half of his arm was swollen and said to give him Benadryl around the clock and cool compresses. If the swelling was still present Friday to call. She did not touch or bend down to look at the hives, she glanced at them and said those are bug bites, not hives and not related. She sent them home.
Twenty minutes later they came home and the hives had linked together with red fingers across his neck. He was so itchy. I gave him Benadryl and put him to bed. The next day he had another dose of Benadryl prior to taking my daughter to school. While standing outside the entrance to school, three hives sprang up on his opposite temple. I called our pediatric allergist who said to come in immediately. They said that even if there were no hives, he needed a steroid due to half of his arm being swollen. They said that is considered a severe reaction and that he should have had the steroid days ago. They said that Benadryl would control the itch, but the steroid was needed to stop the spread of the hives. After getting the prescription we went straight to the pharmacy. They said it would be a half hour until I could get the medicine, so we went to my in-laws. Fifteen minutes later, my son had hives on every inch of his tongue and all around the inside of his cheeks. His tongue was hot pink, I have never seen a tongue like that. I went immediately back to the pharmacy and got the medicine. Fifteen/twenty minutes after he got the medicine, he said his mouth stopped being "ouchy." The progression hives take after filling your mouth, is to go down your airways, contrict them and stop your breathing. We are very lucky that we went to a different doctor for help. We are very lucky to have already gotten the prescription and that it was already in the process of being filled.
We have spent the last month battling his immune reaction. At first he could go no longer than four days off of the steroid without having the hives flare up. He would than need another round of the steroid. In all, he needed three rounds of that drug before the hives finally stopped spreading and flaring. Benadryl has been necessary all along for the itching. Some of the hives have disappeared others are still visible, but seem to be in a holding pattern. We are watching to see what they will do.
My son is allergic to 23 foods, all of which give him anaphylaxis. His respiratory system is also affected by Fall and Spring allergies, as well as humid or cold, dry air.
Dr. Brown is not the doctor we usually see in this practice. She did not take the time to crack my son's file and see that she was dealing with a kid with a sensitive system. That is bad. If she did open his file and knew how delicate his system is, and still sent him off with no prescription for the clearly needed steroid, that is worse. I cannot say whether she took the time to look at his records or not, but I can say that she wrote my son off that night with her terrible negligent care.
We are lucky the hive progression did not occur at night, while he slept. There would have been no way to know what was happening to him, and we would have woken up to no son. We are lucky the hive progression occurred after we sought the help of a different doctor.

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My four year old son was having an immune reaction (hugely swollen upper arm from top of shoulder to just below elbow--red hot) to a DTAP shot he received Monday, Sept. 22. After speaking to nurses twice on Wednesday when there was no improvement and the swollen half a limb had begun to itch, we were told to come in. As they were giving us a time to come in, five hives sprang up on the side of his neck. The same side of his body that had the injection. My husband took our son in at 7:50pm and saw Dr. Brown. She confirmed that half of his arm was swollen and said to give him Benadryl around the clock and cool compresses. If the swelling was still present Friday to call. She did not touch or bend down to look at the hives, she glanced at them and said those are bug bites, not hives and not related. She sent them home.
Twenty minutes later they came home and the hives had linked together with red fingers across his neck. He was so itchy. I gave him Benadryl and put him to bed. The next day he had another dose of Benadryl prior to taking my daughter to school. While standing outside the entrance to school, three hives sprang up on his opposite temple. I called our pediatric allergist who said to come in immediately. They said that even if there were no hives, he needed a steroid due to half of his arm being swollen. They said that is considered a severe reaction and that he should have had the steroid days ago. They said that Benadryl would control the itch, but the steroid was needed to stop the spread of the hives. After getting the prescription we went straight to the pharmacy. They said it would be a half hour until I could get the medicine, so we went to my in-laws. Fifteen minutes later, my son had hives on every inch of his tongue and all around the inside of his cheeks. His tongue was hot pink, I have never seen a tongue like that. I went immediately back to the pharmacy and got the medicine. Fifteen/twenty minutes after he got the medicine, he said his mouth stopped being "ouchy." The progression hives take after filling your mouth, is to go down your airways, contrict them and stop your breathing. We are very lucky that we went to a different doctor for help. We are very lucky to have already gotten the prescription and that it was already in the process of being filled.
We have spent the last month battling his immune reaction. At first he could go no longer than four days off of the steroid without having the hives flare up. He would than need another round of the steroid. In all, he needed three rounds of that drug before the hives finally stopped spreading and flaring. Benadryl has been necessary all along for the itching. Some of the hives have disappeared others are still visible, but seem to be in a holding pattern. We are watching to see what they will do.
My son is allergic to 23 foods, all of which give him anaphylaxis. His respiratory system is also affected by Fall and Spring allergies, as well as humid or cold, dry air.
Dr. Brown is not the doctor we usually see in this practice. She did not take the time to crack my son's file and see that she was dealing with a kid with a sensitive system. That is bad. If she did open his file and knew how delicate his system is, and still sent him off with no prescription for the clearly needed steroid, that is worse. I cannot say whether she took the time to look at his records or not, but I can say that she wrote my son off that night with her terrible negligent care.
We are lucky the hive progression did not occur at night, while he slept. There would have been no way to know what was happening to him, and we would have woken up to no son. We are lucky the hive progression occurred after we sought the help of a different doctor.

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I have two kids under two, so I live at this place...and I can honestly say I have never had a bad experience. The practice has both a well and sick child waiting room, they have a policy to see sick children on the day you call for an appointment and they have someone on call 24/7. I have called the service a couple of times at 2am and always get an immediate response and a compassionate doctor who helps me figure out how to help my sick child.

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I have two kids under two, so I live at this place...and I can honestly say I have never had a bad experience. The practice has both a well and sick child waiting room, they have a policy to see sick children on the day you call for an appointment and they have someone on call 24/7. I have called the service a couple of times at 2am and always get an immediate response and a compassionate doctor who helps me figure out how to help my sick child.

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