How Kids Grow
Congratulations on the birth of your newborn baby! We look forward to getting to know you and your infant and partnering with you to raise a healthy child. While you are in the hospital, one of our pediatricians will visit you and the baby daily. In the hospital, your baby may receive the hepatitis B vaccine, a hearing test and have a blood test for a variety of inherited metabolic diseases. Call our office to schedule a first visit for your baby within 2-3 days after hospital discharge. We will discuss with you if we want to see your newborn earlier.
It doesn’t take long to develop the confidence and calm of an experienced parent. Your baby will give you the most important information—how she likes to be treated, talked to, held and comforted.
The toddler years can be among the most enjoyable years of parenting. You and your child will continue to bond as you watch him grow and learn. Your child will discover new words, ideas and activities nearly every moment over these months.
Welcome to the preschool years. This is an age of growing motor skills, language development, emotional development and budding social skills. Your child may alternate between being agreeable and oppositional. His or her growing independence and determination can lead to both parental frustration and pride.
In the primary school years, your child will become increasingly independent and gain skills. They are developing the ability to reason, will build more friendships and learn more outside the home now. You as parents are still their emotional center and most important teachers.
In the middle childhood years, your child will become more independent and peer relationships will become especially important. Be patient as your child may tend to think they no longer need adult care and supervision.
The teen years can be among the most challenging parenting years and in some ways the most rewarding. Your child is working on finding him or herself and you, as the parent, are the guide and role model in that endeavor. While there is a lot of friction between most teens and parents, these can be interspersed with moments of greater bonding, as your teen can relate to you on a higher level
We often continue seeing older teens, up through college, before they chose an internist. While we encourage young adults to find the right doctor for their next stage of life, we do care for our patients up through age 20.