It is important for pediatric patients to visit the healthcare provider on a regular basis. At Sandcreek Family Practice, children over the age of 2 are seen by the nurse practitioner, Ms. Carmen Radford, NP. It is recommended that a child sees the nurse practitioner on their 2nd birthday, when they are 30 months old, and when they are 3 years old. From that time forward, well child visits can be scheduled once a year in most cases. This type of wellness visit is separate from any urgent health care visits that the child may have, like ear infections or the flu.
During a pediatric check-up, the nurse practitioner will perform a comprehensive exam. The check-up is also a time for the parents to ask questions, discuss development, and learn more about their child's overall health and wellness. Ms. Radford believes in establishing a rapport with her young patients. This is extremely helpful for both the child and their parents, as it helps a child learn that a visit to the nurse practitioner is nothing to fear.
Pediatric patients should have the vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help them avoid disease. The vaccinations that children have include Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, Influenza, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Tetanus among others. Older children should have the meningococcal vaccine when they reach their preteen years, and other "catch-up" vaccinations may be needed for young people who did not have them when they were toddlers. Vaccinations are an important part of health and well-being in the childhood years. Parents who have any questions or concerns about vaccinations can discuss them with their nurse practitioner.