Suburban Healthcare Associates
Pediatric Clinic Questions and Answers
The health of your infant, child, adolescent and young adult is important. Suburban Healthcare Associates is your local, full-service, and privately owned medical clinic and we specialize in pediatric care. For more information call us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Naperville IL, Plainfield IL, Joliet IL, Romeoville IL, Shorewood IL, Crest Hill IL and Aurora IL.
There are many medical channels available to you and your family, however, it is extremely important that a board-certified pediatrician cares for your child. A medical physician can provide the right care, but they may not have the specific child-expertise that a pediatrician does. As children grow and develop, it is very important that they are seen by a physician who fully understands their emotional, physical, and psychological needs. The goal of a pediatrician is to help promote healthy lifestyles for a long disease-free life, help reduce infant and child rate of deaths and help control the spread of infectious disease. A pediatrician is not only concerned with immediate health management of an ill child, but also potential long-term effects on quality of life, disability, and survival. They are also involved with the prevention, early detection, and management of a number of problems, like social stresses, mental disorders including anxiety and depression, functional disabilities, behavioral problems, and development delays and disorders.
What is a pediatric clinic?
Many people innocently assume that pediatricians work only with newborns and children, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, pediatricians and their professional healthcare team are on hand before your child is born and they are there for them all the way through young adulthood. A pediatric clinic offers a number of services that ensures your child grows up healthy. These services include newborn exams, well-child exams, school physicals, sports physicals, immunizations, and regular check-ups.
What does a Pediatrician do?
A pediatrician is a child’s physician who provides medical care for children. Medical care involves preventative health services for healthy children and treatment for children who are acutely or chronically ill. A pediatrician helps manage mental, physical, emotional well-being of children under their care at every stage of development, both in sickness and health. Pediatricians help treat and diagnose a number of conditions among children, which include infections, injuries, genetic and congenital conditions, cancers, and organ diseases and dysfunctions.
When should I take my child to the pediatrician?
For starters, you want to see a pediatrician even before your child is born. Your first meeting with your pediatrician is important as it allows you to ask all the right questions, and in turn your doctor may have questions of their own. Knowing your health background and progress with pregnancy is important information for your doctor to have before your child is born. Right after you give birth, it is important to have your child in to meet the doctor for a newborn exam. Regular check-ups are important for your newborn, child, or young adult. In the event they are sick, or display unusual behavior or unusual symptoms, book an appointment right away. Also, visit the pediatrician so that your child has their immunizations.
How often should I see my pediatrician?
Your baby should have regular doctor visits at 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 and 18 months, 2 years, and then once every year until the age of 5. When your child is 5 years old, they should see the doctor every 1 or 2 years until they are 18 years old. A baby or child visit normally lasts 10-20 minutes, and your doctor will check your child’s weight, height, and head circumference, discuss their eating habits and physical activity, provide advice about safety, and may ask about milestones involving self-feeding or toilet learning. Your doctor may also ask about your child’s social and emotional development, perform physical exams, and give your child any recommended vaccines.
Having your child see a pediatrician is important for their overall health and wellness. Before your child is born, you will want to have a pediatrician who is there for them during their important years of development.