In nine short months you created a life, and in 18 all-too-fast years that “life” will grow at a dizzying pace and move on to adulthood. To ensure that your child stays on track and hits important developmental milestones along the way, good pediatric care is essential. At Front Range Family Medicine, the providers help their young patients in Colorado Springs, Colorado, navigate their childhoods in the best of health. To learn more, call the office or book an appointment online.
In the simplest of terms, pediatric care is specialized medical care for infants, toddlers, children, and teens, up to the age of 18. While the definition is simple, what happens to your child’s body during this time is anything but simple.
From the moment children come into the world, their bodies begin to adjust to life outside the womb, and their organs and other systems learn to function on their own.
When children start to take their first steps, it’s a whole new world as their musculoskeletal systems develop. Soon enough they’re running around, testing their bodies.
And then there’s the final push through puberty when children start to develop into young adults. At this point, their physical development winds down and their reproductive organs start to come online.
At Front Range Family Medicine, the providers help you and your child navigate through all of these important developmental stages of childhood, helping to ensure that the your child becomes a vibrant, healthy adult.
Pediatric care is often about preventive care, and one of the most important steps you can take is to get immunizations to protect your child against a host of contagious diseases, including:
The team at Front Range Family Medicine begins the vaccination process in infancy and your child is usually finished by 5 years old, except for the human papillomavirus (HPV), flu vaccines, and meningitis. The HPV vaccine is given between the ages of 9 and 11, the flu shot should be administered annually, and meningitis is typically given between 11 and 17 years old.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. An annual physical is sometimes enough to watch over your child’s growth and development. But if the providers at Front Range Family Medicine want to monitor your child more closely, you may need to visit more regularly.
With children, accidents, colds, and earaches all come with the territory. Any time your child isn’t feeling well, it’s a good idea to see one of the staff members at Front Range Family Medicine.
To get started on your child’s pediatric care, call Front Range Family Medicine, or book an appointment online.