Services Provided by Northern Pediatrics
Many children and teens deal with challenges of being unable to focus, pay attention and being full of energy. As young children who are developing in learning,characteristics of high energy and distracted minds can be common. However when these symptoms become prevalent and begin to affect school performance, self-esteem and relationships, it may be time to look deeper into these challenges. Millions of children, teens and often adults have Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD. Many symptoms of ADHD can be identified early in childhood and with proper diagnosis, care and treatment, strategies can be learned to help them be successful.
We work with your child’s specific symptoms and needs, working with you as a parent to develop treatment strategies to help them be their best relationally, cognitively and enjoy everyday life. Treatment can include medication, behavioral intervention and counseling. The earlier diagnosis and treatment can occur, the more successful the outcome for your child.
Many signs of ADHD can be seen as early as 2 and 3 years of age. Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty in paying attention
- Not listening and difficulty in completing or following instructions
- Has challenges in organizing tasks or activities
- Frequent forgetfulness and losing items (such as toys or books)
- Frequently unable to complete schoolwork, tasks or chores
- Distracted easily
- Talking excessively
- Challenges with waiting one’s turn and interrupting others in conversation or games
As children grow, adjustments can present challenges. These are not limited to adulthood. With growing, changing environments, relationships and family life, children many times benefit from the help of pediatric counseling. Mental illness, depression, anxiety, OCD, abuse, divorce and bullying are examples of situations that benefit from pediatric counseling. Many children may be having problems concentrating at school, poor social skills or be defiant. They may be dealing with feelings of sadness, worry and anger.
At Northern Pediatrics we have a co-management agreement with Behavioral Health for services provided by licensed professional counselor, Kimberly Spencer. Kimberly is experienced and passionate about providing children optimal care to help them in their health needs. She is a champion of the integrated care model that supports meeting all the child’s individual needs seamlessly. This includes educating practitioners, accessing each child and advocating their care. With her collaborative effort between parents, the child and practitioners at our office, children are able to live healthier lives and overcome individual challenges. With methods such as talk therapy and play therapy, children are able to receive help in a safe environment that encourages their growth and success.
We understand as a parent, a sick child is always a concern. Whether it is your toddler or teenager, Northern Pediatrics and our staff are available to help your child get well quickly. We offer extended hours as well as a nurse call line for convenience to parents. We also offer a sick child waiting room area. Whether it is the stomach bug, flu, a cut that needs sutures or the common cold, our staff offer the best of care for your child to allow them to return home and to school comfortable and well.
Common pediatric sickness symptoms are:
- Abdominal pain
- Chest pain
- Continuous crying
- Cuts, scrapes or bruises
- Decreased intake of fluid (Dehydration)
- Diaper rash
- Ear congestion and discharge
- Swollen or irritated eyes
- Heat rash
- Lack of appetite (not eating or taking breast milk)
- Sore Throat
- Irregular looking urine or stool
From infants to teenagers, vaccinations help the immunity of your child, protect them from illness and prepare them as they change environments such as heading to day cares and schools. At Northern Pediatrics, we are able to help you maintain a regular schedule of vaccinations for your child’s needs and ensure all is up to date. We offer all basic immunizations including Hepatitis B, DTap, PCV, Hib, IPV, Influenza, MMR, Hepatitis A, and regular immunizations such as the flu vaccine.
We help parents to keep track of these vaccinations, update records and ensure that whether it is your newborn baby or teenager heading to high school, they are safe and healthy.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a recommended immunization schedule for 0-18 years of age.
Well Child Visits
As your child and teen grows, being proactive in their health is essential. We provide access to regular well child visits. This allows you as a parent to monitor the developmental stages of your child as they grow in height, weight, mobility, senses and cognitively. Well child visits also allow for regular health checkups to evaluate any changes in conditions or previous concerns as well as provide regular immunizations. Well child visits include sports and school physicals are available when school time comes around. This will help your child and teen be ready to go to school and try out for that special sports team of interest. We provide a separate well child waiting area to ensure that your child and teen is not exposed to other children that may have colds or contagious conditions. We are here to help your family prevent sickness and encourage healthy growth.