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Fairview Mesaba Clinics and Fairview Range Medical Center will work closely with you and your pediatrician or family physician to make sure your child receives the best medical care for childhood illnesses and diseases - from regular check-ups or simple outpatient visits to complex surgeries or emergency care.

When the patient is a child sometimes even the simpliest procedures can become complicated. As a parent the last thing you want to think about is your child becoming sick or injured. Certainly most kids never need hospitalization but if your child needs medical attention beyond what your pediatrician or family doctor can provide you can count on Fairview Range Medical Center.

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A competent and compassionate pediatrician is someone you and your child will depend on from infancy all the way through adolescence. That's why it is so important for you to find one who can soothe a frightened child, talk frankly with teenagers and help you keep sane with clear and comforting advice during your children's growing years. A pediatrician treats children from birth through their late teens and sometimes even into their early twenties. A large part of a pediatrician's job is to educate parents about their children's health and to help them deal with behavioral issues that may have little to do with illness. Both you and your child need to be able to trust and feel comfortable with the person you choose. 


Regular visits to the pediatrician are a key part of preventive health care. During each check-up the doctor should give you tips on keeping your children healthy and safe, answer your questions, listen to your concerns and fully examine your child to: 

■ Make sure he is well nourished. 

■ Update immunizations if needed. 

■ Track growth and development. 

■ Find physical problems before they become serious. 


Specialized health care is also available for your child: 

■ General Pediatric Care 

■ Newborn Care 

■ Newborn to Adolescent Care 

■ Sexual Abuse Examinations 

■ Attention Deficit Disorder 

■ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 


Although pediatricians complete a three year residency in the treatment of children they're not the only physicians who see children. General and family practitioners can treat the entire family from infants to seniors.

Preventive Health Care for Children

The following recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatricians are designed for the care of children who are receiving competent parenting, have no significant health problems, and are growing and developing satisfactorily. The most general preventive care for newborns, infants, young children, and adolescents includes: 

■ A medical history taken during an initial visit and updated at various intervals. 

■ Height and weight measurements taken during regular office visits. 

■ A developmental and behavioral assessment. 

■ A thorough physical examination. 

■ Guidance on injury prevention. 

■ Vision and hearing should be tested periodically by standard testing methods. Testing is more frequent if required by a child's individual history. 

■ Head circumference should be measured through 24 months of age. 

■ Immunizations are recommended for newborns and at various intervals during infancy and childhood up to about the age of 11.

■ An initial dental referral is generally advised at age three.

■ Regular blood pressure screening should start at age three. 

■ Lead screening is suggested at nine and 24 months of age. 

■ A blood test for hematocrit or hemoglobin levels is suggested at around nine months of age and at age 15 (all menstruating adolescents as well). 

■ A urinalysis (urine test) is suggested at ages five and 15. 

■Tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are recommended for sexually active adolescents. 

■Pelvic exams are recommended for sexually active females. 

■ Screening for tuberculosis for those with high risk factors. 

■ Cholesterol screening is recommended for high risk patients. If family history is unavailable and other risk factors are present screening should be at the discretion of the physician.

Appointments

For an appointment with our pediatrics department at Fairview Mesaba Clinics - Hibbing, call 362-6937 or 866-806-7139.

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