Posts for category: Child Health Care
Preventive care is an excellent way to maintain optimal health, as it allows a doctor to help you prevent serious health issues by addressing problems as soon as they develop. Here at Southwestern Pediatrics in Maricopa, AZ, our skilled providers offer adult care to help you achieve your best health possible—read on to learn more.
Adult Primary Care
Adult primary care can encompass many aspects of your health, including treatment for acute illnesses and injuries, help in managing the symptoms of chronic conditions, and the prevention of health problems. It also involves educating and counseling patients about how to best care for themselves to ensure optimal health. For example, during a primary care visit, your provider can discuss diet and exercise recommendations to help lower blood pressure.
A significant advantage to having a primary care provider is that you are partnering with an experienced medical professional who is familiar with your medical history and can help you maintain your best health. When you do not have a primary care doctor and have to rely on urgent or emergency care when ill, it can be much more expensive.
Conversely, periodically seeing a provider for adult care at our clinic in Maricopa is a great way to establish rapport with a physician who can promptly address health issues and help you maintain good health. Whether you have come down with the flu or another illness and need immediate treatment or could benefit from assistance managing a chronic condition, our experienced providers are here to help.
Look to Us for Care
Regularly seeing a doctor for adult primary care is one of the best steps you can take toward preventing health issues and promoting better health overall. To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, call Southwestern Pediatrics in Maricopa, AZ, at (520) 568-9500.
What Occurs During a Well-Child Care Exam
In the first years of their lives, children seem to grow and change a little every day, developing new habits, gaining inches and pounds and learning new words and movements. At Southwestern Pediatrics in Maricopa, we are there to care for your child every step of the way.
During a Well-Child Care Exam at our office, Dr. Anthony DiGeorge will make sure your child is in good health, current on immunizations, and on the right track developmentally. Here is what you can expect during a Well Child visit:
Physical examination: Your provider will record your child's height and weight and perform tests on their hearing and vision, as well as taking vitals and measuring head circumference. If your child's doctor has any concerns, they may schedule testing or a follow-up appointment.
Assessment: Your child's doctor will go over how your child is sleeping and eating, and discuss any concerns you have with their physical health, behavior or development. We can offer you information and advice on a number of common issues, such as helping your child eat healthy, participate in enough physical activity, reduce screen time and practice good hygiene.
Immunizations: It is recommended that your child have a series of immunizations, starting from birth and continuing through age 18. These immunizations are crucial for preventing illness or spreading viruses. Your pediatrician at our Maricopa office will help you keep track of what immunizations your child needs and at what age.
Recommended immunizations include measles, meningitis, hepatitis B, rotavirus, tetanus, and influenza vaccines. If your child is age 9 and older, your pediatrician will likely speak with you about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. You can expect your child to need more frequent immunizations in their first few years, with the numbers tapering off as they age.
If it's time for your child's Well Care Exam, call our office in Maricopa, AZ, today at (520) 568-9500.
As soon as your baby is born but before they leave the hospital, they will need to undergo a hearing screening (most hospitals perform a hearing screening but it’s also a good idea to ask). Congenital hearing loss, which occurs at birth, affects less than 1 percent of newborns; however, it is also possible for hearing loss to develop later during a child’s life, which is why routine hearing screenings are necessary for all children.
Once they leave the hospital, it’s now your pediatrician’s responsibility to provide hearing screenings and other tests and treatments that your child will need until they turn 18 years old. Your pediatrician will be an asset to your child’s health and you will work closely with them, so it’s important that you choose a pediatrician that you trust and value.
Why are hearing screenings necessary for newborns?
As soon as your child is born one of the ways in which they will receive and interpret information is through what they hear; therefore, if they have problems hearing then they may also deal with other problems including delays in language development and speech problems.
By detecting hearing problems early on your pediatrician can provide early interventions including hearing aids or other treatment options to ensure that your child reaches these important and necessary developmental milestones.
Of course, if your child responds to your voice or responds to noises then you may think that their hearing is fine, but this isn’t always the case. There may still be certain noises that they can’t hear properly and sometimes even these minor hearing issues can still affect language and speech.
Should my child’s hearing be assessed regularly?
Even if your baby passes their first hearing screening it’s still important that you turn to a pediatrician for routine checkups. Most hearing screenings usually don’t warrant a separate trip to the office, which means that your child’s hearing will be assessed during regular wellness visits.
Of course, if your newborn has certain risk factors that could affect their hearing it’s important that you share these factors with your pediatrician. These factors include:
- A family history of hearing loss
- Facial deformities
- Postnatal infections
- Premature birth
Finding a knowledgeable and trustworthy pediatrician before your baby is born is one of the most important things soon-to-be parents can do. Let our team provide your little one with the quality care they need to grow up healthy and strong.
Sneezing. Watery eyes. Stuffy nose. These could just be symptoms of a cold or these could be signs that your child has allergies. If you notice that your child’s symptoms flare-up during certain times of the year then this could definitely be a sign of seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, allergies can impact everything from performance in school to participating in outdoor activities such as school sports. If you suspect that your child may have allergies it’s important to talk with your pediatrician.
Childhood Allergy Symptoms
Allergy symptoms can also seem a lot like a cold or other upper respiratory problems. Common symptoms associated with allergies include:
- Watery, red, and itchy eyes
- Itchy nose
- Dark circles under the eyes or puffy eyelids
- Ear pain and chronic ear problems
- Nasal congestion
- Facial pain and pressure
- Persistent cough
- Chest tightness
So, how can you tell that your child is dealing with allergies and not an infection? Some telltale signs include itchy eyes and nose, which are classic signs of allergies. If your child has a fever this is usually a sign of an infection and not allergies. Unlike a cold, allergy symptoms can last for weeks. You may also notice that your child’s symptoms come and go, appearing more often during the spring and fall months. Again, this is a trademark of childhood allergies.
Treating Childhood Allergy
There are many ways in which a pediatrician can help your child manage their allergy symptoms, and the treatments that are recommended will depend on the type and severity of your child’s symptoms. Most treatment plans include a variety of lifestyle changes and medication. Children with minor symptoms may find relief through over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants, while other children may require a prescription-strength allergy medication to tackle more moderate to severe symptoms.
Lifestyle modifications may include using a dehumidifier in your child’s bedroom, wearing glasses instead of contacts during allergy seasons, bathing immediately after being outdoors, limiting outdoor activities during high pollen counts, and keeping pets out of bedrooms (if your child suffers from pet dander allergies).
For severe or unresponsive allergies, your pediatrician may recommend immunotherapy, or allergy shots. Allergy shots may be a good option for your child when other treatment options and medications have not been successful.
Are your child’s allergy symptoms impacting their daily routine? If so, our pediatricians can help them manage their symptoms so they can get back to enjoying days on the playground and time spent with family.