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By Southwest Children's Clinic
November 15, 2019
Category: Pediatrics

As a way to maintain a proper immunization schedule, record developmental milestones, and pinpoint health problems as they first emerge, regular pediatric appointments keep your children strong and healthy. Here at Southwest Children's Clinic, your pediatricians offer a range of services for infants and children living in West Jordan, UT.

Immunizations and Pediatric Care in West Jordan, UT

Similar to adults, children require regular medical check-ups to prevent and treat illnesses—however, babies and young children require more specialized care than their adult counterparts, due to their rapid growth and susceptibility to disease. Preventive pediatric care focuses on a number of areas, including:

  • Immunizations
  • Diagnosing and treating diseases ranging from the common cold to pediatric diabetes
  • Allergies
  • Vision and hearing
  • Behavioral issues
  • Mental health
  • Nutrition
  • Growth and development
  • Sports injuries

Seeing a regular pediatrician can also help to ease any fear or anxiety that children may have about receiving medical care. Regular appointments create a sense of familiarity and trust so that when an issue does arise, your child can feel at ease and calm in the care of a trusted adult.

Regular Well-Child Care Exams

Keeping track of immunization schedules, getting a baby on the right feeding schedule, and understanding developmental milestones can be overwhelming, especially for new parents. Well-child care exams are important for both children and parents, as they provide important preventive care as well as information for any of your questions or concerns.

Generally speaking, the first appointment should be scheduled within a few days of taking your newborn home. Following the first appointment, there is usually an appointment every few months for the first two years, and then yearly at age two and up depending on your child's circumstances.

Find a Pediatrician in West Jordan, UT

For more information about our pediatric care and services, contact Southwest Children's Clinic by dialing (801) 563-1975. Schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians today!

By Southwest Children's Clinic
November 08, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Newborn Care   Newborn  

Once you find out you’re pregnant it seems like everything shifts focus to how you are going to take care of yourself and your unborn child. Furthermore, you start making decisions about how to care for your baby once it enters the world. One of the most important aspects is choosing a pediatrician that your child can turn to from birth until adulthood for medical care. Choosing a doctor that you like and can trust is important not just for parents but also children.

Having the same doctor means that children are also more likely to get the proper care, tests, and vaccines they need to keep them healthy. Having a continuous, trustworthy relationship with your children’s doctor will ensure that your child gets the care and treatment they need through all aspects of their developing life.

Looking for a Pediatrician

So, when is the best time to start looking for a pediatrician? Usually a good time to start searching is between 28 and 34 weeks. This will give you enough time to do your homework and not feel rushed to find a doctor that you feel you truly can trust. You can ask your friends, colleagues, and family members for personal recommendations and referrals. Once you determine which doctors sound good it’s time to setup a one-on-one meeting to learn more about their training, practice and services.

This is also a time to determine whether the pediatrician is a good fit for your family and that you feel a good, positive connection with them. Prepare questions ahead of time so that you get the most out of your consultation.

Newborn Care

Once your child is born they will usually see a pediatrician for the first time within the first week of birth. After that, your newborn will come into the office regularly for monitoring, vaccines, screenings, and checkups. These routine checkups are crucial, as they allow your pediatrician to monitor everything from their hearing and vision to certain health problems and developmental delays. By bringing your child in for their regularly scheduled appointments your pediatrician will be able to catch problems and provide early interventions to reduce the risk for complications and long-term issues.

When your baby arrives it’s natural to have a lot of questions. Your pediatrician isn’t just here to provide your child with comprehensive health care; they can also provide you with answers to everything from breastfeeding and bathing to diet and sleep schedules.

Your pediatrician can educate parents, especially new parents, on the dos and don’t of caring for their newborn.

If you are currently pregnant it’s never too soon to find the right pediatrician for your budding family.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
October 25, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Wellness Visits  

One moment your child is born and the next moment they are sitting up, saying their first word and taking their first steps. It’s amazing just how many milestones your child will wellness visitreach in just the first few years of their life, and in order to ensure that your child reaches all of these milestones it’s important to visit their pediatrician regularly for routine wellness visits.

Seeing the doctor isn’t just for moments when your child has a fever or the sniffles, it’s also important that they visit the doctor often for well-child checkups. The benefits of these regular visits include,

  • Vaccinating your child and preventing a variety of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases
  • Screening them for certain health problems
  • Checking their vision and hearing
  • Reducing your child’s risk of getting sick
  • Monitoring and treating preexisting conditions
  • Detecting health problems early on and treat them quickly
  • Improving your child’s health and their quality of life

There are many things that go into a well-child visit. When your child visits the pediatrician here are some things to expect,

  • Monitoring of vital signs, which includes taking their temperature, heart rate and blood pressure
  • Recording their height and weight
  • Asking questions about your child’s current health status, physical activity level, diet, sleeping patterns, etc.
  • A comprehensive physical examination
  • Administering immunizations

Additional screenings, vaccines and other elements may also be included in certain well-child checkups depending on their age. For example, most children will start getting a hearing and vision screening at around three years old.

These checkups won’t just detect physical health problems but also developmental disabilities such as ADHD and learning disorders. Bringing your child in for regular wellness checkups allows your child’s pediatrician to continue to monitor their speech to pinpoint early signs that there could be a developmental delay or disability present. All children should be screened for developmental delays by the time they are 9 months old, and again at 24 and 30 months.

Bringing your child in regularly will also get them comfortable with the doctor’s office. Your child’s first visit should happen just a few days after they are born. From there, your newborn will continue to visit the pediatrician at 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months.

Once they reach their first birthday, they will come into our office at 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months and 3 years. From 4 to 21 years old, children and teens should visit their pediatrician once a year for a checkup.

When was the last time your child saw the doctor? Keeping them healthy means keeping up with these routine checkups. Schedule your child’s next wellness visit today.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
October 24, 2019
Category: Pediatric Visits
Tags: Prenatal Care  

Getting adequate prenatal care is vital for a healthy pregnancy and delivery, especially if you are at a higher risk for potential complicationsprenatal like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia. In many cases, a pregnancy may start out healthy but then develop risk factors and complications in the second or third trimester. Accordingly, prenatal care is necessary to diagnose and treat any health problems or potential complications as soon as possible. The pediatricians here at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, offer a range of services to ensure your baby's health and wellbeing from the moment you leave the hospital. Read on to learn more!

 

Prenatal Care in West Jordan, UT

A healthy pregnancy leads to a healthy delivery and baby. According to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, a comprehensive prenatal care plan actually begins before pregnancy if possible. Preconception care is an opportunity to plan for pregnancy, and to address any underlying health issues or lifestyle factors that could affect both maternal and fetal health during pregnancy and delivery.

Every pregnancy is different, but typical prenatal care consists of:

  • Physical exam
  • Weight monitoring
  • Urine sample
  • Blood work
  • Imaging tests such as sonogram and ultrasound to check for fetal health and signs of any problems or abnormalities

Prenatal care is especially important if your pregnancy has been deemed high risk. A number of factors can increase the risk of complications including maternal age, pre-existing health conditions, and being pregnant with twins or multiples. A high-risk pregnancy doesn't mean that you won't have a healthy delivery and baby, but you will most likely have to take extra precautions.

Prenatal care reduces the risk of complications and ensures maternal and fetal health throughout the pregnancy.

 

Find a Pediatrician in West Jordan, UT

For more information about prenatal care and services, contact Southwest Children's Clinic today by dialing (801) 563-1975 to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians.

By Southwest Children's Clinic
October 22, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Bedwetting  

Bedwetting is a common childhood problem. Many children who master toilet training during the day, usually between the ages of two and four, continue to experience episodes of bedwetting through the night. In many cases, the nighttime bedwetting incidents will gradually decrease until they have completely ceased around the age of five or six.

So, when should parents worry about their child’s bedwetting behaviors? Most pediatricians agree that it’s quite normal for children to experience occasional “accidents” and that most children will outgrow it on their own.

When to Visit Your Pediatrician

Bedwetting is rarely a serious problem. In fact, wetting up to a year after the child has successfully been toilet trained is normal. Children gain bladder control at different ages, and while most kids quit wetting at night by the age of 6, others may take a little longer. In the majority of cases, wetting does not have a medical cause.

According to the AAP, you should contact your pediatrician if your child continues to have frequent “accidents” or if you notice any of the following signs:

  • Wet clothing and bed linens, even when the child uses the toilet frequently
  • Unusual straining during urination, a very small or narrow stream of urine, or dribbling after urination
  • Cloudy or pink urine
  • Abnormal redness or rash in the genital area
  • Trying to conceal wetting by hiding clothes or underwear
  • Daytime wetting in addition to nighttime accidents

Parents should remember to be sensitive to their child’s wetting behavior so not to cause additional embarrassment or discomfort. Never punish the child for bedwetting. Instead, show support and encouragement by reassuring the child that it is not his or her fault and that the problem will get better.

Remember, even though childhood wetting is frustrating, it is very normal. Talk to your pediatrician if you have concerns about your child’s bedwetting behaviors. 





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