Keeping kids on track towards a healthy future
From infants to adulthood
Getting kids off to a healthy start and helping them maintain a healthy life, begins right at birth. As fast as kids change and grow, it’s crucial to stay on top of their changing health care needs.
It’s also important to read, talk and sing with kids from day one. This interaction helps parents build a life-long bond with their children. And, it impacts how kids’ brains grow. Since 90 percent of a child’s brain develops during the first five years of life, that’s huge. Watch this video to hear from Twin Cities leaders about why reading and our other Children’s Health Initiative efforts are so important.
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- When is too soon to look for your baby’s doctor? As you prepare for your baby’s birth, it’s also a good time to find the right doctor for your child. Look for a pediatrician or family medicine doctor that fits your needs and you feel can be your go-to care provider from infancy through high school.
- Why does your baby need a doctor? Your baby’s doctor will visit your newborn shortly after birth to provide a new baby exam. It’s the best way to begin a new life.
- Wondering when your baby needs what? There’s all types of information out there, so it’s best to listen to what your baby’s doctor suggests. The doctor will explain how often your infant should be seen, when immunizations are needed and help you stay on top of your baby’s general health and growth.
- How are you doing? Giving birth is an exciting time and comes with new responsibilities, stress, lack of sleep and even frustrations. You’re best for your baby when you take care of yourself. If you need help adjusting to the new person in your life or feel depressed, talk to your doctor or a behavioral health expert.
- How do you keep your baby healthy? Your doctor and health care team can help you understand what to expect as your baby grows into the toddler years. Your pediatrician or family medicine doctor will monitor growth, help if your baby gets sick and be your guide for ongoing health needs.
- You’re not alone…really. As your child grows and changes, you’ll be met with new and unexpected health situations. Call your doctor with concerns. Or, find an urgent care clinic if you need to have your child seen right away. Always call 911 if you think it is a life-threatening event.
- What’s the best way to prepare for school? Understand what your school district requires in terms of immunizations, school physicals and sports physicals. Your doctor can help you be sure your child is ready each year.
- What if your child has behavioral issues? Your child’s pediatrician or family medicine doctor can help recognize issues. You’ll find help for your child that may enhance achievements and quality of life.
- Activity is fun. Help your child maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and proper nutrition as they grow. Check with your child’s doctor if you have concerns.
- How is your student doing? There are a lot of pressures on tweens and teenagers. Some feel the stress of wanting to “fit-in”, some are bullied and some feel pressured to get good grades. Listen to your student and watch for signs of undo stress. Your doctor can help you decide if your child needs additional help or resources.
- Is your baby 18 years old already? If your child’s doctor is a pediatrician, talk to him or her and discuss when your child should transition to a family medicine or internal medicine doctor. It is usually somewhere between 18 and 20 years old.
- How is your young adult doing? If you, another family member or your child’s friend notices a change in your child’s emotional health, talk to your doctor or a behavioral health expert.