We start practicing preventative care right away, even with babies. Most of our practitioners are parents who love babies, children and adolescents. After all Family Practice is in our name.
New parents begin thinking about selecting a pediatrician long before their baby is born. Soliciting advice from family and friends is often how you arrive at the best doctor to care for your special delivery.
Our patients are pleasantly surprised to learn that the family doctor they have come to love is the perfect doctor to care for their children.
Most of our practitioners are parents themselves and they love babies, children and adolescents. Our name has Family Practice in it for a reason. We truly seek to provide healthcare for every generation.
Pediatrics is the branch of medicine dealing with the health and medical care of infants, children and adolescents from birth through age 18. The word “pediatrics” means healer of children. Besides healing children, we focus a lot on parent education, especially with first-time parents.
Preventative care is our core method of treatment for all patients and extends even to newborns. We see your baby on the same commonly accepted pediatric schedule as most pediatrician offices do. Here is a typical schedule you will be encouraged to keep for your child:
These appointments are called well-child checkups. At age 18, pediatric care becomes primary care. Some pediatricians will see patients up to age 21, then they will be referred to a primary care provider.
A physical exam is performed at every appointment and your baby will be weighed and measured to make sure they are growing and healthy. The provider will ask you questions about your baby’s development to determine if milestones are being met, and you will have a chance to ask questions of the the health care provider. Immunizations will also be given according to the schedule determined by the CDC.
An annual exam for children and adolescents are similar but with more interaction between provider and child. A physical exam is performed, development and milestones are discussed and you will have a chance to ask any questions you have about your child’s development.
The health care provider will also begin to talk to you about safety. Some questions they may ask include:
Your provider may talk directly to an adolescent about changes in their bodies, sex and drug or tobacco use. Kids can ask the provider questions as well.
Immunizations have received a lot of attention in the press and through social media, much of it negative. Parents have questions and concerns about them, and we will do our best to answer them by analyzing the science, looking at the research, weighing the pros and cons and sharing that with you. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a great website with a lot of information, as well as immunization schedules. Bottom line – immunizations save lives, hundreds of thousands of lives and stamp out serious diseases.
While training in Family medicine, a large part of our education is in pediatrics. Most childhood issues can be extremely well taken care of at a family practice. Occasionally, we may need to refer you to a pediatric specialist – but most things we can take care of. Well-child visits and vaccinations are routine – we do those day-in and day-out.
If you think of something you want to ask, write it down or use a voice memo app on your phone. You can also use the patient portal on our website. If your question or concern is too complicated, schedule a visit by calling us, 480.831.8457.
We understand that your children are everything to you and you can rest assured that they will be in good hands.