Pediatric Care in North County San Diego and Riverside County
When your children get sick or injured, it can feel like the world comes to a halt, especially for families who are new to having children or families that experience an unusual medical situation. Our providers at North County Health Services (NCHS) are here to help you take care of your children and keep them as healthy as possible.
From minor scratches to major illnesses, each member on our pediatrics team is highly trained and very knowledgeable in pediatric care. We’re committed to providing your family with the health care they need to stay in good health. With quality pediatric care, there is no reason your child should remain sick or left untreated. Each pediatric center in our NCHS network has affordable payment options and other payment alternatives for families who may not be able to make ends meet. The wellbeing of your children is as important to us as it is to you.
Pediatric Care Services
When you visit North County Health Services for pediatric care, you will have access to a wide range of treatment options for your children. Our highly trained pediatricians can help your child feel better and back to their healthy life in no time.
Below are a few quality services that are offered at our pediatric centers:
- Well-Child and Sick-Child Exams
- Asthma Management
- Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD and ADHD)
- Child Health and Disability Prevention Exams (CHDP)
- Childhood Obesity Screening, Prevention, and Management
- Dental Care
- Hearing and Vision Screenings
- School and Sports Physicals
If you have questions about pediatric care or our pediatricians in San Diego, give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any that you have. With our quality services at our pediatric care centers, your children will grow healthily and get the best possible treatment during injuries, illnesses, behavioral and mental health issues, and more.
The Importance of Pediatric Care
Imagine having a specialized doctor for your kids that you can rely on in times of need. That’s what an NCHS pediatrician in San Diego and Riverside counties will be for you. You’ll visit your family pediatrician multiple times from a child’s birth until age 2, and then annually between ages 2 and 5 (and in most cases, also after age 5). These annual wellness visits are important for ensuring that kids are in the best health possible.
Sometimes an unexpected illness, injury, or an unusual condition and behaviors will pop up when you’re not ready for it. In most of those situations, your pediatrician will be there to help. Through regular pediatric care, you’ll develop a relationship with your pediatrician in San Diego and Riverside counties. This helps you develop more comfort and trust with your pediatric doctors and gives your doctor a better understanding of your child and family in order to give the best pediatric care over the years.
During regular wellness visits, your pediatrician will typically do most or all of the following:
- Perform a physical examination
- Provide necessary vaccinations
- Check and track various growth milestones, skill development, and behavioral expectations
- Find and provide a diagnosis on any illnesses and health problems (and recommends or provides treatment)
- Provide additional information about the needs of your child for fitness, nutrition, and overall health and safety
- Provide answers and knowledge on any questions and concerns that you have
- Give recommendations for any medical specialists in situations where additional, expert care is needed
Pediatricians in San Diego and Riverside counties specialize in keeping your child healthy, providing treatment during illnesses and injuries, and in providing guidance for future child growth. Without a pediatrician and expert pediatric care, families run the risk of letting their child develop unhealthily, get sick, not grow optimally, and more.
Pediatricians cover everything from physical health to mental health, including behavior. With their education and experience, pediatricians can identify potential problems before families even notice, can recommend how to provide the best growth opportunity for their children, and can even assess challenges the child is creating as a result of a mental or behavioral health challenge.
Although you could visit a general family doctor for your entire family’s needs, a pediatrician specifically works with only kids and they have more extensive education and training around treating and working with children. Pediatricians are even more important to visit if your child requires close monitoring or has a unique or complicated health condition.
When to Visit San Diego Pediatrics Specialists
No matter how old your child is, you’ve likely wondered if and when you need to call the doctor or take your child in for an appointment. Maybe your child is fighting a cold but you feel like it’s getting worse, maybe he has a strange symptom that you’re worried about, or maybe she is just struggling in school and at home and you want to rule out any health or behavioral health concerns.
The most common time when parents struggle with the decision about whether or not to call or visit the pediatrician is when their children are sick. Most minor illnesses are viruses that will run their course in a few hours or days and there isn’t much a pediatrician can do about the symptoms. However, if you are on the fence about calling your local San Diego pediatrics office, it is always best to err on the side of caution. At the very least, you’ll have peace of mind and reassurance that your child is on the mend or dealing with something minor.
At NCHS, our San Diego pediatrics team is top-notch and is always available to talk to you about your concerns, answer your questions, and get your sick child in for a visit. Parents should always feel comfortable bringing their child into the pediatrician’s office and should never feel uncomfortable asking questions about their child’s health or wellbeing. Our San Diego pediatrics clinics offer walk-in and same-day appointments so that parents can get help when they need it and get their child taken care of quickly. Take a look at some of the top reasons to call your pediatrician and schedule an appointment with a San Diego pediatrics specialist.
Call the Pediatrician If…
Parents should remember that fevers are good; they are signs of health. A fever is the body’s way of fighting off infection and helping the body heal and recover from a sickness. Generally speaking, it’s safe to let a fever run its course, as long as the child is relatively comfortable and still consuming liquids and using the restroom regularly.
However, there are times when parents should call the pediatrician about a fever. If a child is younger than 3 months of age, even a low fever is a good enough reason to visit the pediatrician. If your child is older than 3 months but has a fever along with other symptoms, such as vomiting or general weakness, contact your San Diego pediatrics clinic to schedule an appointment. Additionally, if a fever lasts longer than 3 days, even if it’s low, it’s best to take your child to the doctor. If your child has a fever of 104 or higher, he or she may be fighting a serious infection or illness, so you should contact the doctor and make an appointment to be seen.
If your child is having severe respiratory or breathing problems, has ear pain, has a cough that lasts for more than a week, or has a stuffy nose that lasts for more than 10 days, you should call the doctor and make an appointment.
If your child is experiencing ongoing diarrhea or vomiting, get in touch with your San Diego pediatrics specialists. One instance of either isn’t cause for extreme concern, but recurring vomiting or diarrhea can bring about dehydration and is a good reason to visit the pediatrician.
NCHS Locations with Pediatric Care Available
Below you will find all the locations in the NCHS network that have pediatric physicians available for your family, including additional services that each location specializes in.
- Perris: Adult Medicine and Pediatric Care
- San Marcos: Adult Medicine, Behavioral Health, Dental, Lab and X-Ray, Pediatric Care, Pharmacy, and Women’s Health
- Ramona: Adult Medicine, Pediatric Care, Dental Care, and Women’s Health
- Mission Mesa: Specialization for Pediatric Care
- Oceanside: Adult Medicine, Pediatric Care, and Pharmacy
- La Mision: Adult Medicine and Pediatric Care
- Encinitas: Adult Medicine, Pediatric Care, and Women’s Health
- Carlsbad: Adult Medicine and Pediatric Care
To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our pediatric center, contact us today. We’re happy to answer all of your questions and help you find a local pediatrician in San Diego or Riverside counties who can meet you and your child’s medical needs. Our NCHS pediatricians in San Diego and Riverside counties are extensively trained in keeping your kids healthy and happy. Give us a call today to get started or to ask any questions that you have about pediatric care!