As a parent, there are times your child’s health might have you concerned, no matter their age. That’s why it’s important for you to know you have a caring pediatrician available to you. However, there are several different types of pediatric services available to you and your child to help them stay healthy in their journey to adulthood.
Care first begins at birth and carries all the way through to college, making newborn exams a vital part of your baby’s wellness journey. Typically, these exams begin at the hospital after birth and continue regularly through the first year of your child’s life. The newborn exams are in place to help monitor your baby’s first few days and months regarding feeding, sleep, breathing, etc. During these newborn exams, your physician will also be able to advise you on the schedule for the recommended immunizations.
Child Wellness Exams
Once your newborn has navigated their first year of life, they will begin to grow very quickly. Before you know it, they’ll be exploring anything and everything they can get into. During this phase, you may find yourself concerned with their rate of growth, behaviours, and even diet. The wellness exams are the right time to bring up any concerns you may have concerning your child’s overall health. During these exams, your pediatrician will check general health, vital signs, and overall development, along with answering any questions you may have.
Sick Child Visits
Sadly, kids have a habit of picking up germs that can cause viral or bacterial infections. These can cause discomfort and concern, but aren’t likely to keep them down for long. Younger children have developing immune systems, which makes them more susceptible to things like the common cold or ear infections than adults with fully developed immune systems.
Often, you’re able to treat your child for a lot of symptoms at home, but if they develop a high fever or symptoms don’t improve quickly, a visit to the pediatrician is a good idea.
School and Sports Physicals
As your child begins school, they’ll likely be required to take a yearly physical. If they play sports they may be required to take a sports physical as well. These types of exams look at your child’s overall health and development. Sports physicals also provide an avenue to deal with any medical conditions that may have an adverse effect on the child’s ability to thrive in a sporty lifestyle. For example, a child that suffers from severe seasonal allergies or asthma may require medications to help them thrive.
Pediatrics at Mercy Grace
One of the most important decisions a new parent can make is choosing the right pediatrician. At Mercy Grace, we understand this, which is why we desire to offer you the best quality, individualized, and comprehensive care from day one. We are here to support you and your family during every step of your rapidly growing child’s life.
Our office offers a variety of services for your child’s growth and development. From routine well-child checks to ensure key developmental milestones are hit, same-day sick appointments or sports physicals-we will be there to support your family physically, emotionally, and socially.