Why is children’s health important?
Paediatrics is the discipline of medicine as it relates to children who come with their unique set of problems which are frequently different to those of older patients. It is very important that children are not seen as ‘little adults’.
What are some of the childhood and adolescent conditions you might treat?
Although the range of problems is enormous, some of the more common things we treat are:
- Management of the newborn and infant period – including the 6 week baby check, discussion around feeding issues as well as assessment of growth.
- Childhood immunisations
- Sleep and settling issues.
- Common childhood infections including assessment of the cause of a fever, upper respiratory tract infections, middle ear infections, gastroenteritis or urinary tract infections.
- Skin conditions such as eczema, acne, warts and other rashes.
- Asthma – both acute management and prevention.
- Injury management
- Developmental delay, disability and behavioural concerns.
What will happen when I bring my child in for immunisations?
Our friendly and experienced nursing staff perform immunisations from Monday to Saturday. Two nurses are usually vaccinating together, resulting in less distress as the immunisations are delivered together quickly and efficiently.
As well as the routine scheduled vaccinations, you can speak to your doctor about additional vaccinations for conditions including Influenza and Meningococcal disease or travel vaccinations.
Please click here to read more about travel vaccinations.
Please click here to read more about childhood immunisations.
My child is injured - can I bring them in to be checked over?
Active children can be accident prone. We often manage routine injuries including basic fractures and simple lacerations. Children will often need assessment after a minor head injury and education for concerned parents about what to look out for in the hours following this type of injury. Radiology is located within walking distance if required to assess a child further with any X-rays required.
Please click here to read more about our emergency services.
I’m worried my child is not developing normally – can that be assessed?
It is very common for parents to have concerns about the way their child is developing. We understand this can cause a lot of anxiety and our doctors can provide an assessment of your child and advise if further investigation or referral is required.
Things have changed a lot since the pandemic, so what will happen when I bring in my sick child?
Every parent needs a trusted doctor on hand when their child is unwell. All the doctors have a wealth of experience assessing and treating sick children. Due to the COVID pandemic we have had to make some changes to the way we assess and treat children. If your child is unwell, you may be asked to wait in your car, rather than the waiting room. Here you may receive a preliminary assessment in your car or in a separate room to ensure the safety of staff and other patients.
Can you fill out the forms I need for my child’s school or day-care?
We are commonly asked to complete forms which may be needed in the event your child need’s medical attention while in the care of others. These should be completed and printed in colour to be given to your child’s school or care-setting.
If your child suffers from asthma, click here to view the Victorian Schools Asthma management plan.
Allergy related forms are available from Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA).
Below are links to some of the more common forms available from ASCIA:
- Action plans and first aid plans for Anaphylaxis
- Action plan for Eczema
- Treatment plan for Allergic Rhinitis (Hay fever)