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Your children never stop moving, and our pediatricians focus on the health and care of your little movers and shakers.

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Overview

What Is Pediatrics?

The English word pediatrics comes from two Greek words: pais (child) and iatros (doctor or healer). At The Vancouver Clinic, this connection and distinction is at the heart of our work. Among the many goals of pediatrics include reducing infant and child rate of deaths, controlling the spread of infectious disease, promoting healthy lifestyles at an early age, and helping to support children, adolescents and their families when dealing with chronic conditions. Pediatricians are concerned with the immediate needs of sick or injured children, along with a child’s long-term health and quality of life.

How We Are Different

Our pediatricians see healthy and sick children from birth to 18 years old. We’re with them through every stage of development—their growth pains, immunizations, mishaps, and the great stories they live and tell along the way.

We engage with children in ways that help them feel as comfortable as possible—telling jokes, making them smile, and giving them as much information as they want. You never know—they may want to grow up and be doctors or nurses one day! Even if they don’t, we’re setting the foundation for life-long relationships they’ll have with medical professionals. We help them see that the doctor’s office is a safe and good place to be, even when they’re sick.

Services

From routine checkups to urgent pediatric medical issues, help with nutrition to adolescent medicine, our doctors are prepared for all areas of pediatric health. A small selection of conditions that we treat for are:

General pediatric issues and support:
  • Diet
  • Behavior
  • Illnesses
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Injuries
  • Sleep-related issues
  • Learning and development
  • Access to a 24 hour nurse advice line
  • MyChart (so you can check lab results, read visit notes, and email questions to doctors)
Chronic medical conditions:
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Skin (rashes, acne, eczema, etc.)
  • ADHD
  • Thyroid problems
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
Genetic conditions:
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Noonan’s
  • Fragile X
  • Turner’s
  • Klinefelter’s
Emergencies:
  • On-site access to a laboratory and to X-rays
  • Pediatric urgent care
Development over time:
  • Circumcision
  • Tongue-tie surgery (frenulectomies)
  • Nutrition and issues related to obesity
  • Hormone changes during adolescence
Resources

Center for Disease Control (travel information)

Water fluoride maps:
Other Resources:
FAQs
What do pediatricians do?

A pediatrician is a child’s physician. We provide medical care for children during acute or chronic illnesses, and also provide routine services for overall health. We manage a child’s physical, mental, and emotional wellness, and serve as a friendly face that sets the tone for their future relationships with doctors.

Do you collaborate with other specialists?

Yes. Pediatrics is a very collaborative specialty. In fact, we work closely with other medical specialists and healthcare professionals to ensure your child is as healthy and cared for as possible.

I’m always worried that my child will be injured during sports practice or a game. What can I do ahead of time to help minimize my concern?

Injuries are an unfortunate part of youth sports. While sports injuries tend to be minor, some can be very severe. Worrying about the possibility of an injury can be hard on a parent, especially if you have dealt with injuries yourself. Being prepared for a trip to the doctor’s or urgent care will help with some of the worry.

We encourage you to think through and prepare essential information you’ll need in advance of an emergency. Keep this information about your child in one convenient place—a single sheet of paper if you can—so you’ll be ready if an injury happens:

  • List of immunizations
  • Date of last tetanus shot
  • List of medications, doses and reasons for use
  • List of previous hospitalizations and reasons why
  • Allergies (food, medication, etc.)
  • Last weight and height
  • Pediatrician’s phone number and address
  • Insurance company phone number
  • Your child’s insurance care information
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national program run in medical clinics across the United States to promote early literacy. The Vancouver Clinic started its ROR program at the end of 2007, one of almost 5,000 programs in the U.S.

What is ROR?

ROR is an evidence-based, non-profit program for providers of pediatric care to teach parents and care-givers how important it is to read to their child everyday. As part of the program, providers give out a new book along with guidance about developmental skills of early literacy at well visits from age six months through five years.

Why does ROR work?

The unique ability of medical providers to teach caregivers of young children before they start school is unparalleled. Studies show that families participating in the ROR model have more books in their homes and significantly more often identify reading as a favorite activity. Children in the program develop better language skills by their two-year-old well visit and children enter kindergarten better prepared for success.

For more information about this program, visit our Reach Out and Read website

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