At Memorial Heights Emergency Center, we are well-equipped and well-trained to treat children just as well as adults. In addition to emergency services, we also provide pediatric services to keep children healthy as they progress to adulthood.
Babies need care as soon as they enter the world. A vital part of care at this stage of life is newborn exams, which start at the hospital directly following the delivery and will continue regularly throughout the baby’s first year. First-time parents commonly worry themselves over the most minor of changes or perceived symptoms. While it is good to be vigilant, newborn exams take away some of this concern by monitoring the baby’s feeding, sleep, and breathing to ensure that everything is normal.
After the first year of life and a successful series of newborn exams, well-child exams are needed to ensure that the child is developing normally in terms of growth and behavior. The pediatrician will check the child’s vital signs, development, and general health, offering advice in regards to nutrition and hygiene and answering any questions.
High energy and occasional tantrums are usually just a part of growing up. However, children who are continually restless and have trouble focusing may benefit from a visit to the doctor. They may be exhibiting signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which, if left untreated, can be disruptive to the child’s social and academic life. Fortunately, the condition can be managed with adjustments in diet, medicine, and routines.
School and Sports Physicals
An annual physical is usually another part of getting ready to go back to school. If a child plays sports, a sports physical may also be necessary. These exams check overall health as well as physical development and behavior. Doctors can take into consideration any medical conditions that are present and advise parents and children on whether or not they will affect participation in sports. Pediatricians can also recommend ways to stay safe or adjust medication for kids with allergies or asthma.
Sick Child Visits
The bad news is that, no matter how well parents care for them, children inevitably will come down with something. They have a knack for picking up germs, bacteria, and viruses and their immune systems are not fully developed, making them more susceptible to things like colds, coughs, and ear infections than adults. The good news is, most symptoms can be treated at home and for more serious conditions, such as a high fever, pediatricians are available to restore them to health.