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Babies and Children’s Health

Babies and Children’s Health

As family medicine practitioners, we are uniquely qualified to look after whole families, including babies and children. We will make sure your child’s health includes physical, mental, and social well-being. Most parents know the basics of keeping children healthy, like offering them healthy foods, making sure they get enough sleep and exercise, and ensuring their safety.

But it is also important for children to get regular checkups with a family health care provider. These visits are a chance to check your child’s development. They are also a good time to catch or prevent problems. Other than checkups, school-age children should be seen for:

  • Significant weight gain or loss
  • Sleep problems or changes in behavior
  • Fever higher than 102
  • Rashes or skin infections
  • Frequent sore throats
  • Breathing problems

We provide management and care coordination for several child health concerns:

Path to improved health

Childhood vaccinations are required for certain situations, including travel and attending school. Many people have questions about vaccines in general, including:

When should my child be vaccinated?

Recommendations about when to have your child vaccinated changes from time to time. You can get a copy of the most current child and adolescent vaccination schedules from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Or, you can ask your family doctor or nurse practitioner. Your child usually receives his or her first vaccine soon after they are born.

Are there any reasons my child should not be vaccinated?

In special situations, children should not be vaccinated. For example, some vaccines shouldn’t be given to children who have certain types of cancer or certain diseases. Vaccines should not be given to children who are taking drugs that lower the body’s ability to resist infection.

If your child has had a serious reaction to the first shot in a series of shots, talk to your family doctor or nurse practitioner about the pros and cons of giving your child the rest of the shots in the series.

Do vaccines have side effects?

Some vaccines may cause mild, temporary side effects. This includes fever, soreness, or a lump where the vaccine shot was given. Your family doctor or nurse practitioner will talk to you about possible side effects with certain vaccines.

Talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner if you have any questions about whether your child should receive a vaccine.

Tools and Decision Points

Need more info about screening and prevention at Cold Hollow Family Practice? Call us at 802-933-6664 or Request an Appointment here. We see patients of all ages from Enosburg, Richford, Franklin, Sheldon and Swanton.

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