Pediatric Care in El Paso
At our clinic, your child’s development is very important to us. To ensure your child’s health is up to par, it’s important that they’re up to date with their yearly physicals and vaccines. At El Paso Family and Pediatric, we can take care of your child year after year with routine vaccinations, physicals, and other assessments.
Yearly Children’s Physicals
Yearly physicals assess everything from vision and hearing to hemoglobin and urine. Children’s physicals are important to ensure your child is on the right track to a healthy future. Physicals test for chronic issues, concussions, and deficiencies. They’re also a good opportunity for you and your child to ask questions about things you are confused about, including puberty, sex, and common ailments.
During your child’s physical, we look for potentially life-threatening abnormalities and irregularities, measure growth and make sure your child is happy and healthy. We encourage you to bring your child in for a physical at each milestone.
Children need more frequent physical exams as newborns than they do as teenagers. Be sure to bring your baby in for a checkup at two weeks, two months, four months, and so on. Once your child is two, you can begin bringing them once or twice each year for a checkup.
As a teenager, your child is introduced to many new experiences, so it’s important to monitor their mental and physical health. Mental health becomes more of a factor in their health once they hit this age due to the many life changes. Physicals give them the opportunity to regularly discuss these things with a doctor while also monitoring their health and wellbeing.
All in all, physicals are very important for your child’s health. At El Paso Family and Pediatric, we provide the best care to ensure your child is taken care of at all ages.
The Importance of Children’s Vaccines
Throughout their lives, children should receive a series of vaccines to prevent them from getting and spreading diseases and epidemics. Vaccines safely protect your children from deadly illnesses. While the number of vaccines your child receives throughout childhood is rather large, it’s much better than becoming frequently ill. Besides mild pain at the application site, children’s vaccines have little to no side effects.
A few examples of vaccines include DTaP, which prevents diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis and varicella. This combats chicken pox. There are multiple vaccines you want your child to get throughout the course of their lives. As a baby, they typically have frequent doctor visits because of this.
By the time your child is six months, they should have received their DTaP, rotovirus, inactivated poliovirus, pneumococcal, and hepatitis A and B vaccines. By 15 months, they should have their measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccines.
When your child becomes a pre-teen, they should receive their human papillomavirus vaccine, a timely vaccine that prevents HPV. While HPV can be harmless, it can often result in cancer, so it’s important they receive the vaccine. In addition, it’s important they get yearly influenza shots and keep their other vaccines up to date, like tetanus, which needs to be readministered every ten years.
Vaccines work by exposing your body to small amounts of weakened antigens, parts of viruses and diseases that infect you and make you sick. This helps your body build up antibodies in defense of these illnesses. Humans are susceptible to many diseases, but vaccines combat them, saving your child and their peers’ lives. It’s imperative to have your child vaccinated so their bodies can build up these antibodies in advance. This way, if they ever come in contact with someone who is sick, their immune system can defend itself.
We know vaccines can be scary for your child. We administer them with as much comfort and care as possible in order to make the process easier for them. We can also help keep you and your child on track. No one enjoys being sick, so at El Paso Family and Pediatric, we’re here to help.
Your child’s well-being is our specialty. It’s important to maintain a schedule, so they receive the physicals and vaccinations they need to lead healthy lives. We’re here to ensure that your child stays healthy and meets all of their milestones.