While Prime Healthcare of Cypress loves working with adults, the youngest members of the practice family hold a special place in the hearts of family medicine physician Herman Grewal, MD, and the rest of the team. Pediatric care is a significant area of focus, and the team delivers top-quality care to children in and around Cypress, Texas. To book a visit for your child, call the office today or spend a few moments online.
Pediatric Care Q&A
What is pediatric care?
Pediatric care is an area of medical practice focused on addressing the needs of children of all ages. It begins immediately after birth, when baby visits check on your little one’s growth and development.
Once your child moves through those first few years, well-child visits become the setting for pediatric care. While kids are small, your provider will work closely with you to help you support their optimal health and wellness. As your child becomes more mature, the focus shifts to empowering them to take control of their own health.
Routine physicals are the most common type of pediatric care visits. These appointments ensure your child receives the immunizations needed to build a strong immune system and also monitor development to identify areas of concern if they arise.
When your child is sick or injured, acute care visits, commonly called sick visits, offer a prompt path toward relief.
Why bring my child in for pediatric care if they aren’t sick?
Far too many parents only bring their child to see a doctor once an illness or injury occurs. This approach fails to take advantage of all that preventive health has to offer.
Routine pediatric care visits ensure that kids are meeting scientifically-established developmental milestones. When those milestones aren’t met, your provider performs additional screening to determine if there is a genetic or developmental issue. Early interventions can go a long way toward giving kids the treatment and support they need to thrive.
Coming in for routine well-child exams also provides an opportunity for your child to get to know their provider and the office staff. That means if an injury or illness occurs, they can be treated by providers they already know and trust in a setting they are familiar with.
What can I do if my child is afraid of coming in for pediatric care?
Kids often develop fears of medical care. That can happen as a result of a previous negative experience but is more commonly brought on by exposure to scary movies or stories about medical care. Even hearing family members speak negatively about health visits is often enough to create fear in the mind of a child.
If your little one does not want to come in for routine office visits, it might be helpful to bring them in with you during your next physical exam. This allows your child to see that not only is there nothing to fear, but there is also plenty to enjoy about time spent at Prime Healthcare of Cypress.
There are also numerous children’s books written about coming to see the doctor. Find one that is written for your child’s age range, and read it together before your child’s next appointment.
If you’d like more information about pediatric care, call the Prime Healthcare of Cypress office to book a visit. Online scheduling is also available and takes just moments to complete.