Midwest Regional Health Services
Primary Care Practice & Family Medicine located in Omaha, NE
From babyhood to their teens, children need special care to ensure that they’re growing and developing normally. The experts in pediatrics at Midwest Regional Health Services in Omaha, Nebraska, are devoted to making your child feel comfortable and safe so they can get examinations, immunizations, and other care they need. Whether your child is due for an annual exam or has an injury or condition that needs treatment, contact the Midwest Regional Health Services pediatrics team today. Phone the friendly office staff or use the online form.
What is pediatrics?
Pediatrics is a branch of medicine that’s devoted solely to the care of babies, children, and teens. A pediatrician oversees all aspects of your child’s health, including:
- Physical development
- Childhood illnesses
- Behavioral problems
- Mental health issues
- Non-emergency injuries
Your pediatrician is specially trained to diagnose and treat illnesses in children.
How often should I bring my child for pediatric care?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your child should have regular well-child visits at:
- 3-5 days old
- 1 and 2 months old
- 4 and 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 24 months old (2 years)
- 30 months old (2.5 years)
From the age of three years on, your child should come to Midwest Regional Health Services once a year for a well-child checkup. Many health insurance plans cover well-child visits.
What services are part of pediatrics?
Anything that affects your child’s physical or mental health falls under pediatrics. Your pediatrician:
Conducts physical exams
Your pediatrician examines your child’s body to be sure it’s developing normally. They listen to your child’s heart and lungs, test their reflexes, and examine their eyes, ears, nose, and mouth with special instruments and lights. They also can conduct exams needed for school or extracurricular activities, such as sports physicals.
Ensures that your child is meeting milestones
Your pediatrician makes sure that your child meets important milestones in their physical and mental development, such as crawling, walking, and talking.
Children need regular immunizations to prevent serious illnesses such as measles. Your pediatrician lets you know when your child is due for an immunization.
Diagnoses and treats illnesses
If your child has a sore throat, tummy ache, or other symptoms, your pediatrician conducts an exam and runs any necessary tests to make a diagnosis. They then prescribe any needed treatments or medications. Your pediatrician also helps you manage any ongoing health conditions your child may have, such as asthma.
Treats and prevents injuries
Your pediatrician treats injuries, including broken bones and sprains. If your child plays sports, they may recommend mouth guards or other protective equipment to keep your child safe.
Refers you to specialists
If your child has a serious illness, your pediatrician may recommend them to a doctor who specializes in that condition. Your pediatrician then coordinates your child’s care with that specialist.
To set up an exam for your baby, child, or teen, contact the pediatrics team at Midwest Regional Health Services today. Call the office or use the online form.
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