Your Medical Home
Part of taking care of your child is building a trusting relationship in sickness and in health. We want to be your source for reliable, evidence-based information for your child’s health and well being. You can call (770-995-0823) for your well-check appointment or request an appointment online. Our schedulers work hard to make sure we are available in a timely fashion during sickness, and we strive to be able to see your child on a same day basis whenever possible.
We discourage the use of retail-based clinics and urgent care centers, because we feel they are not equipped with the knowledge of your child’s history when they make their diagnostic decisions. There are many situations where a child’s behavior problem or earliest symptom of a chronic disease is found incidentally at a simple visit for sore throat. If there is a time when a visit to an outside clinic is necessary, please call during business hours and let us know so we can arrange appropriate follow-up if needed.
Gwinnett Pediatrics believes strongly in prevention of illness and disease. Regular checkups allow our providers to track growth, development, and any potential signs of early illness. A checkup will involve measurements of your child, a review of family history, potential lab work, thorough examination, vaccines, and time to answer any questions you have regarding your child’s health. Reviewing nutrition and exercise are also key to having a healthy child.
Seeing a child’s development from a newborn to young adult is one of the most rewarding experiences as a parent and a pediatrician. There can also be challenging moments during that progression as children start to test their independence and find their identity in the world.
At each checkup we will ask questions to help us to tell if your child is on-track in their development. Development is usually grouped according to the following categories:
- Gross Motor (sitting, standing, walking)
- Fine Motor (stacking blocks, scribbling, drawing)
- Speech/Language (babbles, talks)
- Social (smiles, plays with others)
Vaccines have revolutionized the field of pediatrics, and have increased life expectancy more than seat belts! We believe that a healthy child starts with complete vaccinations. Our physicians believe strongly that every child should be vaccinated. Please see our vaccine page for further details on our vaccine schedule and informational links.