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Please watch these Q&A videos regarding the COVID vaccine from Mott Children’s Hospital. These are very informative videos that will help answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you have any further questions, please call our office and we can help answer them for you. Our office is highly recommending COVID vaccines for the age groups available.
Part One
Part Two

Pfizer vaccines are available for all age groups, starting at 6 months old to 20 years old. Please call our office today and schedule an appointment.

Great news — we have added telehealth visits for the following health complaints: rash, possible pink eye and corona virus screening.  Please visit our Facebook page daily for information on times and provider available.

Cereal City Pediatrics is happy to announce we have expanded our age range, and we are now caring for young people birth to 21 years of age! We are excited about this change in policy, as we enjoy the relationships we have built over the years with patients as they mature from children to young adults. University of Michigan recently announced all patients up to age 21 referred to them will see pediatric sub-specialists. Pediatrics is the specialty of taking care of young people — so this really makes sense. Twenty year olds and seventeen year olds are more medically similar than twenty year olds and sixty year olds — so both general and subspecialty pediatricians are more attuned to the needs of the young patient. This also is an age when we hear many young people fail to identify with a primary doctor, so continuing to be there for our patients will benefit their health and well-being.

 

As a reminder, it is recommended that all patients get a yearly physical. These are important even for healthy children and young adults. While we always review and discuss immunizations, there is much more than that involved. We screen for numerous issues. Yearly measurements are invaluable — they clue us in to issues ranging from celiac disease due to gluten sensitivity, thyroid issues, diabetes and pre-diabetes — among other things. Also, we check for high blood pressure, which has no symptoms and is beneficial to diagnose at an early age. We review a health history, which may indicate lab work needs to be done or alert us to issues that need attention. It is also a good opportunity to monitor chronic issues and to ensure that medicines are up-to-date. A full physical exam can identify heart problems, scoliosis in our growing population, or skin issues including precancerous skin lesions. We review any immunizations that are recommended, including any new changes. We typically can address most health concerns during the physical — though there is a lot involved in the well visit alone. Therefore, if there are a large number of concerns or a significant illness, please let us know when scheduling.

 

We look forward to being a part of all of our patients lives from the time they are born. through early young adulthood. Thank you for allowing us to share these times with you!

 

Respectfully,
Dr. Tim White, Dr. Allison Halonen, and Dr. Eric Bryant

Well Child Appointment Schedule

Regular checkups help us monitor your child’s health, catch problems early and prevent diseases. We recommend the following schedule:

  • Newborn Checkup — 2-3 days after leaving the hospital.
  • Weight Check* — One week after your first visit.
  • One month
  • Two months
  • Four months
  • Six months
  • Nine months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years old

Physicals are recommended yearly thereafter. It is particularly important that we see your child between ages 4-6 and ages 11-12.

 

*If your child is growing well, this is done by a nurse at no charge. If your child needs to be evaluated by a provider, you will be charged for an office visit.

Newborns

Congratulations on the birth of your new baby! Whether this is your first child or you are a seasoned parent, you likely have many questions and we are here to help answer them. We want to see your baby within 1-3 days of coming home from the hospital and will continue to see your baby frequently, watching their weight gain closely. We also have a lactation consultant to help with some of those more difficult feeders. During that first year of life, we continue to see your baby often, getting to know your family well and share in the joy of your baby’s many firsts.

 

If you are expecting and wish to come tour the office and meet with a provider, we encourage you to call and schedule an appointment. If you have just delivered your baby, call during office hours (269-969-8723) to schedule that first newborn visit. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Immunizations

We recognize that immunizations, like all medical care, are a personal choice, and we will discuss both the risks and benefits with you. We support and recommend the guidelines that are agreed on by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). See the section below for further information about immunization.

Recommended Immunization Schedule

Hep B

Exam only (if up-to-date with immunizations) 

DtaP, Hib, IPV, Hep B, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus 

DtaP, Hib, IPV, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus

DtaP, Hib, IPV, Hep B Pneumococcal, Rotavirus

Exam only (if up-to-date on immunizations) and CBC and lead test

MMR, Varicella, Hep A

DtaP, Hib and Pneumococcal and CBC and lead test

Hep A

Exam only (if up-to-date on immunizations)

Exam only (if up-to-date on immunizations)

DTaP, IPV, MMR, Varicella 

Exam only (if up-to-date on immunizations)

HPV9

HPV9, TdaP, Meningococcal 

MenB, Meningococcal

MenB

Flu vaccine is recommended for 6months of age and up, especially for those with asthma, diabetes or chronic health problems.

The above recommendations are based on current information and recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  There have been many changes in the last few years, and this schedule takes those changes into account.

 

These changes have been made to protect your child as much as possible from disease as well as from complications from the vaccines.  We will continue to keep this schedule updated and inform our parents of any changes.

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