Keeping Children Healthy in Dalton, GA
Childhood is an essential period for growth into a healthy, strong adult. At Pediatrics of Dalton in Dalton, GA, we will make sure your child is on the right path for development. We do this through offering a range of medical services. Our doctors and staff have years of experience to give us the expertise needed to provide treatment safely and accurately. Throughout the process, we will keep you informed as to your child’s health and what you can do at home to ensure they are protected from illness and injury.
Children should visit the pediatrician for well-child exams beginning a few days after they leave the hospital at birth up until age 18. At these visits, we will track the progression of your child’s development, as well as administer immunizations and schedule laboratory testing when needed.
It is important to come to these visits with any questions or concerns you may have about your child’s health. We can provide further medical treatment or referrals to specialists if necessary. During a well-child visit, we will document height and weight as well as check the eyes, ears, nose, heartbeat, breathing, reflexes and more. We will ensure your child is reaching the appropriate developmental milestones.
It is essential that your child receive the correct immunizations at the appropriate times. Immunizations are completely safe and help protect your child from contracting and spreading infectious diseases that are easily prevented. In addition, many children need certain vaccines before entering school. Your child’s doctor will keep track of which vaccinations your child needs and when they should be administered.
- Birth – Hep B
- 2 months – DTaP-IPV-Hep B, HIB, PCV, Rota
- 4 months – DtaP-IPV-Hep B, PCV, Rota
- 6 months – DTaP-IPV-Hep B, HIB, PCV
- 12 months- MMR, VZV, Hep A, PCV
- 18 months – DTaP, Hep A, HIB
- 5 years – DTaP-IPV, MMR, VZV
- 11 years – TDaP, MCV, MEN-B*, HPV*
- 16 years – MCV
We recommend flu vaccines EVERY year for all children 6 months of age and older. Flu Shots are available by appointment only.
After 2 ½ years, your child should have an well check every year.
Urinalysis will be done at 3, 6, 11, and 16 years.
*Booster doses – MEN-B = 1 month later
HPV= 2 months and 6 months later
PPD skin test may be performed if a risk factor is present.
Vision and Hearing screens will be done as required by insurance.
Ages are subject to change based on individual circumstances.
We provide the following laboratory testing to make sure your child is in good health,
- Blood. We check for anemia at yearly checkups, and we may schedule other blood tests if needed.
- Urine. Urinalysis helps us make sure the kidneys are functioning well. We take a urine sample at every checkup after two years of age.
- Cholesterol. We check cholesterol levels at age five and at puberty.
- Cultures. If we suspect an infection, we may take a culture of various body fluids/secretions.
- Vision Screening. We begin checking vision around 4 to 5 years old. If we think it is necessary, we will recommend an eye specialist.
- Hearing Screening. We check hearing age 5 and 12, or more often if there are concerns about the child’s hearing.
If your child is ill or is having unusual symptoms, call our office. We will provide an exam to reach an accurate diagnosis. We also provide laboratory testing for more detailed information. Once a diagnosis has been reached, we will work with you to determine the best course of action, whether it is a prescription, giving your child rest, or referring you to a specialist.
If your child is sick or has a condition that requires medication, we can provide prescriptions. By looking at your child’s health record, we can decide the medication and dosage that will be safe and most effective. We can send prescriptions to any pharmacy.