The team at A.L.M.S Community Health Center in Grand Prairie, Texas, includes nurse practitioners who specialize in pediatric care. These professionals have extensive training and experience in providing health services to children of all ages, and enjoy building relationships with the families who entrust the practice with their pediatric care needs. Booking a pediatric visit takes just moments online or over the phone.

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What is pediatric care?

Pediatric care is an area of medical practice focused on addressing the health needs of kids from birth through adolescence and up to the age of 21. Medical professionals who focus on pediatric care have undergone special training to meet the needs of children.

Services include preventive health, diagnostics, and treatment. In the event your child requires specialized care, your practitioner can help you find the right specialist, then coordinates care through the extended health team. This ensures your little one gets the full support of both their primary care providers as well as the specialist.

Why bring my child in for pediatric visits if they aren’t sick?

Far too many parents only bring their child in for pediatric visits once they are sick or injured. This approach fails to take advantage of all that pediatric care has to offer. It can also create a negative association about health care in general.

No one is at their best when they’re sick or injured. When parents only bring their children in under stressful conditions, kids learn to associate medical care with discomfort and stress. Those associations can continue into adulthood, depriving young people of the benefits of preventive health.

Pediatric exams focus on monitoring your child’s development. They’re also the setting for childhood vaccinations, and the importance of immunization cannot be overstated.

How can I help my child prepare for a pediatric visit?

If your child is anxious about coming in for a pediatric visit, there are things you can do to make the experience more rewarding and less stressful. One approach is to bring your child in with you during your own routine health exam. That gives them a chance to see what happens and meet the A.L.M.S Community Health Center team before their own appointment.

There are many books about pediatric visits, with options for every age range. You can also discuss the upcoming visit in positive ways or help your child come up with a couple of health questions to ask during the appointment so they feel involved.

If you’re ready to book a pediatric visit at A.L.M.S Community Health Center, simply call to check appointment availability or spend a few moments using the online booking tool.