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Limitations of Convenience

Today’s times are busy. Likely, your family has 1-2 working parents, multiple children going different directions, homework, sports, music classes, etc. As a full-time working mom of three children, I understand.  Convenience is important to make this busy machine of life run smoothly. I take advantage of convenience services for grocery and food delivery, walk- in haircuts, drive through food and medicine pickup, and oil changes for my car.  Convenience in healthcare, however, can come at a price.

I am concerned about children being evaluated by providers at walk-in clinics, urgent care centers and via telemedicine services.  Many of these providers have a very little pediatric experience. These providers are not well trained to recognize pediatric illnesses nor use and dose medications appropriately.  Commonly, I find my patients have been prescribed medications not routinely used in children and at the wrong dosage. Not to mention, failure to recognize life threatening conditions such as asthma exacerbations and croup.  

As a mom and a pediatrician, I would encourage our families to avoid these clinics whenever possible.  If you are out of town, many areas have pediatric focused clinics that are available. Plan ahead and have those numbers on hand in case of emergencies.  Our KPA locations are open early and late most days of the week to accommodate seeing our patients the same day. Our physicians are board certified with years of experience in the care and health of children.  Please choose superior healthcare for your family and allow us to do what is best for your kiddos! I don’t choose anything less for my own family.

My Child is Older, Does He/She Really Need a Checkup?

When your child is preschool age it often seems routine to get a checkup.  After the kindergarten checkup many people wonder what the purpose of a checkup really is. KPA and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommend physicals every year through adolescence and into young adult years.

There are no more dynamic times in one’s entire life than the pediatric years when growth, developmental progress, school performance issues, social interactions, athletic readiness, allergies, weight to height relationships, curvature of the spine, digestive issues, nutrition concerns, acne, bullying, abuse, family discords, puberty questions, height predictions to name a few issues, are requiring attention regularly.  Your pediatrician is especially skilled, like no other medical provider, to address these and myriads of other problems that are part of the physical, social, and emotional makeup of the ever changing child.

Things such as need for immunizations at 7th grade are necessary and important but only a small part of the pediatrician’s focus. Camp and sports physicals are items that can be addressed without last minute rushes when you get a regular yearly exam.  New and updated immunizations are frequently available to protect against diseases you don’t want your child to get. Getting these done at work or walk-in clinics removes the continuity of regularly addressing growth and overall health as they relate to the past medical, family, and social history that might be uniquely known to your child’s pediatrician.

All of your KPA pediatricians are board certified and maintain currency as required by the board.  This mean retesting on a regular basis as well as yearly requirements for continuing education.  Your KPA doctors additionally maintain competency in pediatric emergency management.

Your child’s health is important to us and to you. Watching them grow with the confidence that a regular complete exam is helpful for us and ultimately for you and your child.  If it has been over a year since your last checkup take the time to call for an appointment.  Waits are not typically long.