Kids grow at a dizzying rate, changing almost overnight, or so it seems. To keep up, APRN Angela Dodd offers specialized pediatric care at her practice, Dodd Family Practice, to monitor their changing health and deal with medical issues as they arise. If you’re in the Clinton, Arkansas area, call Dodd Family Practice for compassionate and friendly pediatric care. Or, use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
The definition of pediatric care is as you would assume — the branch of medicine that manages the health and care of infants, children, and adolescents, from newborns until they turn 18. To Angela Dodd, it’s much more. As a family medical practitioner, Angela approaches pediatric care from the family perspective, taking everyone’s health and wellness into account.
From your child’s first checkups and vaccinations to monitoring the development of your children as they progress toward adulthood, Dodd is with you every step of the way as you do your best to ensure that your kids get the best start in life.
A child’s development can be broken up into three stages. Here’s a look at those stages and what Dodd checks for during each:
Once your baby leaves the comfort of your womb, he or she needs to learn how to operate in the outside world. During this time, Dodd monitors important functions, such as hearing and vision, all while ensuring important developmental milestones are met. Dodd pays close attention to the development of your child’s musculoskeletal system to spot any irregularities, especially as your child starts to become more mobile.
Once your child is fully mobile, and able to communicate better, Dodd monitors his growth, keeping an eye out for any problems, such as allergies or asthma. She also ensures that dental and bone development progresses on target. As your child begins to explore, Dodd is able to treat the cuts, burns, and small fractures that are almost an inevitable rite of passage.
This stage of development is where the rubber meets the road as your child races toward adulthood. As you struggle to keep up with outfitting his growing frame, Dodd makes sure that this final growth spurt is a healthy one.
If your child doesn’t have any extenuating health issues, expect to check in with Dodd once a year for an annual physical exam. If your child develops any medical conditions, such as asthma or diabetes, you may be visiting more often. And for any accidents or injuries, Dodd is available to provide primary first-aid care.