Your Well Child

wellchildWe love seeing your children when they are healthy. As an infant, we schedule routine check-ups to monitor growth and development, as well as provide anticipatory guidance during a very busy time in your life.

When your child turns 2, these issues don’t go away. We want to see your child yearly to continue to monitor their growth and development. As children grow, they may continue to have concerns in their life that we can assist you with. Dietary concerns, sleep issues, developmental problems, behavioral issues, and school concerns are just a few of the issues that arise with children. Vaccinations are also required at age 4 and 11 years old.

Make sure to schedule your child for a yearly check-up! See the forms page to review adolescent surveys which we use for children ages 11 and up. You may print these forms and have your child fill them out prior to their check-up.

Your Sick Child

sickchildWhen your child is ill, we will do our best to help you care for them.

Many times, symptoms can be managed at home. A call to our nurse may help you by reviewing your concerns and determining the best management for your child. After hours, your doctor may help you to manage your child until they can be seen in the office, or may recommend your child be seen in an After-Hours Clinic or the Emergency Room.

During office hours, we prioritize seeing patients with urgent medical concerns. If you would feel best to have your child seen, we will do our best to accommodate your request. For sick visits, we recommend you call the day you would like the appointment. We do not schedule sick visits for several days in the future. If sick visits were scheduled in advance, your child may no longer need the appointment once the day arrives, and this could prevent another sick child from being seen.

During especially busy times of the year (primarily our fall, winter and early spring); we do minimize patient trips to the office as we would like to keep your child as healthy as possible. We will do our best to keep you updated on flu shot supplies or other community wide health information on the home page of our website.

Your Newborn

newbornWhen your baby is born, we will examine your child within the 1st twenty-four hours of life. We have medical privileges at both Memorial Medical Center and Mountain View Regional Medical Center. If you have a cesarean delivery, we will attend the delivery. We will continue to follow your child while they are in the hospital. If you have a son, and would like to have him circumcised, please let us know during our first visit to the hospital. When you deliver outside of normal office hours (i.e.: evenings or weekends), your child may be seen by one of our call partners.

Following hospital discharge, we will see your child in the office 2-3 days later. Most newborns will lose weight in the first few days of life, and they may develop a yellow color to their skin. This visit allows us to check your child’s weight and color, as well as discuss any concerns you have had since you took your child home. Routine follow-up visits occur at 1month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, and then yearly. These visits allow us to monitor growth and development, discuss issues that are important to your child’s stage of life, and provide anticipatory guidance.

When you have routine concerns that may not require an office visit, you may contact our office for advice. Our nursing staff is available to answer questions or address concerns weekdays from 8am to 5pm. Our staff will help you to manage any issues your child is having, at home. If they feel it is best for your child to be seen, they will help you to schedule an appointment for your child with your pediatrician. After hours, our answering machine will let you know how to reach your doctor. We can help you to manage your child’s illness after hours, but may also advise you to take your child to an after hours clinic, the emergency room, or to follow-up in the office.

Our goal is to help you achieve optimum health for your child

optimumDr. Settles, Dr. Williams and Dr. Owens have excellent medical training and are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. The team at Full Bloom Pediatrics are dedicated to serving you and your children.

We are open Monday – Thursday 8am to 5pm and Friday 8am to 4pm. When you have concerns regarding your child outside of normal business hours, please call our main number to determine how to reach your child’s doctor. Please save all prescription refill requests for normal business hours.