Pediatric Wellness Specialist

Apple Valley Medical Center

Medical Center located in Apple Valley, MN

Children develop at a dizzying rate, both inside and out, which is why having a health care professional monitor this growth is vitally important. At the Apple Valley Medical Center, the team of providers and nurses provides comprehensive children’s care to kids of all ages in Apple Valley, Minnesota and the surrounding areas. To help your child grow into a healthy, young adult, call upon the expertise of the Apple Valley Medical Center.

Pediatric Wellness Q & A

Apple Valley Medical Center

Why does my child need specialized care?

A child’s 18-year journey to adulthood can be divided into three stages, each of which requires specialized medical attention:

Infancy

Once your child is born, he begins to adjust to the outside world, developing defenses and senses that will serve him well throughout his life. To help, the providers at the Apple Valley Medical Center provide full vaccinations, monitor growth, and nutrition, and check to ensure that your baby’s developmental milestones are on track. During these early stages, the providers can catch any allergies, medical conditions, or risk factors that need to be closely monitored.

Toddler and childhood

As your child continues to grow and develop, she begins to explore the world around her and gain mobility. The providers at the Apple Valley Medical Center make sure your child is meeting important milestones as they monitor her overall health, including nutrition, safety issues, and social development.

Adolescence

This last leg of childhood marks the final stages of physical and mental development, and your child’s hormones begin to come online in preparation for adulthood. The growth spurts, body changes, and social issues that accompany this period require keen medical oversight.

Does my child need vaccinations?

Yes. When your child is born, his immune system is weak and unable to defend against a number of contagious diseases. Thankfully, there are vaccinations that provide much-needed protection, which the providers begin to administer in the first month.

There also are vaccines that protect against the flu and the human papillomavirus, or HPV. The flu vaccine is given annually, and the providers vaccinate against HPV when the child is between 9 and 13 years of age. Check with your provider about an appropriate vaccination schedule for your child.

How often should my child see the provider?

You should count on bringing your newborn in several times a year for vaccinations and quick check-ups. Once your child turns two, the providers recommend annual visits.

Of course, kids being kids, the providers are always on call for whatever health issues crop up throughout the year.

To navigate your child’s care, count on the Apple Valley Medical Center for expert pediatric guidance. Call to schedule an appointment.