Pediatrics

Desert Wells Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Queen Creek, AZ

If you have children, it’s important to invest in regular pediatric care. Annual physicals, vaccinations, and other preventive measures ensure your child grows up healthy and happy. At Desert Wells Family Medicine in Queen Creek, Arizona, the expert team regularly cares for children of all ages, from infants to young adults. Whether you’ve recently moved to the area or you just had your first child, call the office or use online booking to make an appointment today.

Pediatrics Q & A

What is pediatrics?

Pediatrics is a branch of health care focused on treating children of all ages, from newborn babies to adolescents 18 and younger.

Family medicine physicians specialize in treating patients of all ages, from infants to seniors. In terms of pediatrics, the Desert Wells Family Medicine team can provide medical care for acute and chronic problems, as well as preventive services, such as immunizations, sports physicals, and nutrition advice.

They also provide mental health services and treat common problems like bed-wetting, attention-deficit disorder (ADD), and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

When should I take my child to a pediatrician?

Many acute children’s health problems, like cuts, scrapes, and common colds, can be treated using conservative measures of care like bandaids, over-the-counter medications, and rest. 

However, if your child develops a fever or their symptoms persist for more than a few days, it’s important to seek professional medical help.

At Desert Wells Family Medicine, the pediatrics team regularly treats:

  • Ear infections and ear pain
  • Strep throat and the flu
  • Nasal congestion
  • Coughs
  • Pink eye
  • Lice
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Diarrhea and abdominal pain

You also need to take your child for a pediatric exam before they start school. Most districts require updated immunizations.

Are vaccinations safe for my child?

Regardless of what you may have read online, immunizations or vaccinations are entirely safe for your child. In fact, investing in immunizations is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your child’s health and well-being.

Before releasing a vaccine to the public, regulatory bodies like the FDA conduct dozens of clinical studies and tests to ensure their safety and effectiveness. In addition, there’s no risk of ill effects.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all children six months and older get an annual flu shot. It’s also important that your child receives the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, the chickenpox vaccine, and the polio vaccine. The team at Desert Wells Family Medicine works with you to ensure your child’s vaccinations are current. 

How often does my child need a pediatrics check-up?

It depends on their age and overall health. For example, your child experiences dramatic growth during the first few years of their life, so frequent pediatric exams are essential. If your child is three or older and generally healthy, they only need to visit the team at Desert Wells Family Medicine once a year. 

Once your child reaches school age, they might require sports physicals, treatment for sports injuries, or medication to manage issues like ADHD. Following a physical exam and review of your child’s medical history, the team can make recommendations that align with your child’s individual needs. 

If your child gets sick or suffers an injury at any point during the year, you can visit the team at Desert Wells Family Medicine as well. For acute care, Desert Wells Family Medicine offers same-day appointments.

For expert pediatrics care from the team at Desert Wells Family Medicine, call the office or click the online booking tool today.