March 10, 2018

Intermountain Redrock Pediatrics

By SGHW Staff

Fevers, lingering coughs and sniffles, infections – as a parent, we’ve all been there. You most likely will make a lot of trips to the doctor as your child grows and develops. Whatever the severity or outcome may be, it’s always a good idea to put your child’s health and well being in the hands of trusted professionals to help identify risks and implement preventative measures.

The pediatricians at Intermountain Redrock Pediatrics specialize in care for infants, children, and adolescents up to age 21. They offer a broad range of services, and provide personalized, compassionate care. Their pediatricians treat and specialize in all types of pediatric care from Well-Child visits, growth and development checks, and immunizations, to behavioral conditions, ADD, Ear, nose and throat issues, Gastroenterology, as well as other chronic medical issues.

Dr. Adrianne Walker-Jenkins,MD is one of Redrock Pediatrics well known and loved practioners. Dr. Walker graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine, and has been practicing in St. George for over 10 years. The majority of patients that Dr. Walker sees are for Well-Child Visits, but with the recent aggressive flu season, Dr. Walker estimates that since November, she saw on average 2-3 children a day that were stricken with Influenza A (H3N2). She stresses that immunizations and sanitation are key in preventing contracting and spreading the flu, “H3N2 has been difficult to get a good immune response from the vaccine. Because of this, you should be more vigilant in washing your hands – wash them a lot – and don’t let your kids go to school if they have a fever.”

Although the number of flu cases seems to be going down, another illness is taking its place – RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). RSV mainly strikes the young. For most children, this common virus causes nothing more than symptoms of a cold. However, for infants, children younger than 2 years old, and children with weakened immune systems, the effects can be more severe. In these cases, they are more prone to get the infection in their lungs, which becomes more concerning as it effects their breathing and eating capabilities. Dr. Walker shares that there is no vaccine for RSV, so prevention by frequent hand washing, and avoiding contact with other sick children is so important in protecting your child from contracting RSV and other illnesses.

 

Redrock Pediatrics is happy to announce that Dr. Adrianne Walker-Jenkins has returned to full-time practice for new and returning patients. Call to schedule an appointment: 435-251-2740.

 

Well-Child Visits

Your child will have well visits according to the following schedule:

  • Within 1-2 days after leaving the hospital at birth
  • 2 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • Annually between the ages of 3 and 18 years

Each visit will include:

  • Age appropriate screening questions (relating to lead exposure, tuberculosis risk, and fluoride)
  • A full physical examination
  • Developmental Screening
  • Any needed immunizations
  • Tracking growth and development
  • Providing information on health and safety issues
  • Discussing nutrition and physical fitness
  • Providing guidance and answering your questions

In addition, some visits include:

  • Laboratory screening (lead and hemoglobin levels)
  • Autism Screening at 18 and 24 months of age
  • Hearing screening
  • Vision screening
  • Other testing as needed

 

Sources: https://intermountainhealthcare.org/services/pediatrics

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