Ted Brenkert, General Pediatric, answers common questions/concerns that parents may have about pediatric care.
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Why is it important to have regular exam for children? Ted Brenkert: Well I think because pediatric is preventative medicine primarily, so we are here not only to give shoots and that’s kind of thing we get this to his school but to teach parents and to teach children on how to kind of prepare and how to live a healthy lifestyle as a child and things to look out and of course to that we can reduce injuries, we can reduce you know anything that may come up with children. Accident around the house or accidents you know in car, all kinds of things that kids are expose too that parents don’t realize can be potential harm to them. How often should parents bring their children in for check-ups? Ted Brenkert: Well it’s very frequent in first year and it’s actually every two months for the first six months of life and then it’s slowly starts to kind of space out from there. It’s every three month so, we will a baby shortly after they are born within the first couple of weeks to make sure everything is going and you will see them at two, four and six months, at nine and 12 months and so every three months until a year and half and then after two year visit as well and every year after that. How are you tackling ne and emerging challenges in pediatric care? Ted Brenkert: Certainly changing how we approach those kinds of things but I think again with pediatrics a lot of it is education about proper diet early and importance of exercise and hopefully we can start changing those, those coming of current trends because like I said it would prevent the medicine, we want to prevent those things from happening as supposed to dealing with them when they occur. But it has change to how we practice and the amount of the number of complications and the types of complications that we see in kids. Why are regular visits to a pediatrician important for children? Ted Brenkert: I would say that while you know a lot of times we save the moms know best and they may know there kid the best. We are just trying to lay a basis for a healthy lifestyle from the start so things that they may not realize are dangers or they may not realize are potential harms to there children we want to make an aware of everything good and bad during childhood and make sure that, that child doesn’t have any complications so illnesses that they have or you know have any surprising kind of accidents or anything like that. We want to prepare them for the dangers that are out there. What can parents expect for their child when they visit their pediatrician? Ted Brenkert: Well with babies it’s a lot of preparing the parents especially if they are new parents for kind of what they expect between visits. So when to expect the baby to start crawling and when to expect the baby to start walking and what you need to be worried about when the child does this because well it’s great to see that happen. There is also risks that some parents don’t think of baby’s falling down steps or rolling off beds or rolling out couches when the parents turn around so, it’s a lot telling them what to expect as far as normal baby activity and dangers that can occur. With adolescents it’s more dealing with lifestyle and trying to set a healthy lifestyle for them including tobacco and drugs as well as there diet and exercise.