Finding a doctor who knows the unique ways that children’s bodies work and grow is important in your child’s development. Douglas Walker, DO, PC, provides expert and friendly pediatric care at his clinic in Garland, Utah, to keep your mind at ease. To make an appointment for your child, call the clinic or book online today.
Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that focuses on babies, children, and adolescents up to age 18. Small, growing bodies are different to treat than adult bodies, so they require specially trained care.
Pediatrics doesn’t only focus on keeping children healthy and treating them when they’re sick or injured; it also focuses on making sure your child is developing at a healthy rate. Each visit to your child’s pediatrician is an opportunity for you to ask questions and receive guidance for keeping them healthy.
The short answer is that pediatricians treat any condition that a child gets. A few illnesses and injuries that they see frequently are:
Pediatric medicine also looks for early signs and symptoms that will affect the child later in life. At each child’s visit, Dr. Walker looks for signs of:
If he diagnoses your child with a physical or mental disease or disorder that needs further treatment, he may refer you to a specialist.
Staying current on your child’s pediatric care is important, and there are a few things you need to be sure to do. You’ll need to bring your baby in for check-ups at least six times throughout their first year of life. Between ages 1 and 3, your child needs check-ups every 3-6 months. After that, once a year is enough.
Dr. Walker offers vaccines for children to prevent serious illnesses that would require lots of care and time away from school and play. Away from the office, you should keep an eye on your child’s eating and sleeping habits as well as their physical, emotional, and social development. The more information Dr. Walker has about your child, the better he can treat and interact with them.
Keeping up on pediatric care is an essential part of your child’s healthy development. For expert, compassionate pediatrics, call Dr. Walker or book your appointment online today.