At Continuum Pediatrics our greatest reward is the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life and the lives of their parents. A simple smile or laugh from a child is the greatest gift we receive as pediatricians.
We see numerous acute and chronic illnesses in our practice. In pediatrics, some diagnoses have long-standing effects on a child’s life. We feel it is our duty to provide the latest treatment plan and a comprehensive explanation. Many chronic illnesses such as asthma or allergies have regular daily treatments as well as rescue action plans. These need to be discussed not only with the parents but also with the child, if of an appropriate age. Acute illnesses such as pink eye, ear infections, and strep throat need immediate attention whenever possible, and our pediatricians are available for same day appointments in these instances so that patients can be on their way to a quicker recovery with less school absenteeism and their parents back to work.
Newborns are our first opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. Whether the patients’ parents are new or seasoned, our pediatricians first priority is to ensure the overall health and well-being of the child. Doctors need to do more than checking the ears and listening to breathing. We talk to all of our patients about infant sleep patterns, any feeding issues, and safety concerns such as car seats, sleep positions, and SIDS. We also explain to the parents that since they know their child the best they need to express any needs or concerns they may have for reassurance or educational purposes. Every question or concern is important and must be addressed.
Our pediatricians also emphasize the need for preventative care with our patients. Well-baby exams, checkups, and annual and sports physicals are an integral part of keeping a child healthy and decreasing their risk of illness. These exams are an opportunity to educate our patients and their families on their age-specific preventative needs. We also encourage our patients and their parents to ask ANY question about their health care as we are eager to provide them with the answers they need.