Newborn and Infant Care

Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby (or babies)! If this is your first, you may be apprehensive – but remember that your most valuable resource is your own common sense. At Maria Cole Family Practice, we provide advice, reassurance, and in the face of often differing opinions from the family, help with decisions regarding the care of your baby.

Newborn Healthcare: After Home Discharge

To schedule this first visit with your provider, call us at (432) 580-7320 during office hours. let the staff member know that you need to schedule a hospital follow up for a newborn baby and you will be scheduled for an appointment for 2 weeks after discharge.

Newborn Health Questions? Our Providers Will Listen & Answer

Throughout your years as a parent, remember that children of all ages have their own individual personalities and behavior patterns. Babies enter this world with their own unique temperament and comparing your infant’s development with that of other like-aged children can be concerning as easily as it can be reassuring. We can help you get the answers and information you need to have peace of mind that comes with knowing your baby is receiving the right medical care. As questions arise, please know that at Maria Cole Family Practice, we look forward to discussing them with you. We can help you wade through what may feel like piles of information to find the right solution for your newborn, family and circumstances we can quickly answer your questions and point you to helpful patient resources and information.

Physical Exams & Yearly Pediatric Health Care

Maria Cole Family Practice recommends that our patients visit us each year for an annual physical exam or “check-up.” Our annual exam visits are a wonderful opportunity for our providers and nurses to perform a complete physical examination. Our caring providers will conduct each part of the exam with warmth and understanding, making each visit as comfortable as possible.

The Benefits of Annual Physical Exams for Children

During your annual exam, we check and discuss your child’s health, growth, and development. It is also a time for us to:

  • Update your family medical history
  • Review your child’s medical history & current immunization status
  • Provide your family with age-appropriate safety information & health education
  • Perform a screening of your child’s growth, emotional, & social development
  • Check your child’s blood pressure, vision, & hearing

Occasionally, we may perform laboratory screening for cholesterol and anemia, along with other tests depending on your child’s individual risk factors for a given health problem. For older children and teen physical exams, these visits are a good chance for us to check on educational successes and goals, and to perform necessary sports physicals required for participation. When you bring your child for a yearly check-up, please let us know if you have had your child’s hearing or vision screened by a specialist so that we will not duplicate these important services. As you can tell from the list above, these visits are comprehensive, and we take this part of our job incredibly seriously. When performing our annual exams, our Practice follows the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ “Bright Futures” program.

Care for Longterm of Special Health Needs

Because of the time involved, yearly annual exam visits may not be the best time to address chronic health issues such as asthma, diabetes, or ADHD in great depth. However, we always make every effort to identify all significant health issues during check-ups, renew all prescriptions, and give you follow-up recommendations. If there is a need, and time is available during the health care visit, to address a significant medical issue (ADHD, asthma, chronic headache, obesity, etc) in detail, or if the visit includes any special screening or laboratory testing that is medically necessary, extra charges may incur. If your child has special needs, please let the scheduler know prior to making your next appointment.

Teen / Adolescent PEs and Health Care

Maria Cole Family Practice takes great pride in the care we offer adolescents. Our providers and clinical staff strive to provide confidential and developmentally appropriate medical care to all ages. We provide excellent health care for teens and adolescents, which includes the stages of early adolescence (11-13), middle adolescence (13-17) and late adolescence (17-21). We offer comprehensive annual physical exams that will meet school, sports, and college requirements.

Annual Physical Exams

We recommend for adolescent patients to meet with us annual for a routine physical exam. This exam helps us keep up and check on good health and appropriate development.Your primary care provider conducts the physical, so it is always someone that you and your adolescent know and trust. Each of our providers will make the visit as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Our physical exams consist of the following elements: 1. Brief interview with adolescent and parents (if present) 2. Expanded interview and physical exam with adolescent only laboratory tests as indicated 3. Wrap up session with adolescent and parent. The interview itself focuses on home, school, education, activities, friendships, diet, nutrition, sexual health and development, and mental health. If concerns arise with specific academic, emotional, physical, and social issues in the physical exam and evaluation, a follow-up appointment is recommended to continue appropriate assessment and management.

Treatment

Our nurse practitioners are prepared to identify, assess, provide medical testing, and offer treatment or refer to a specialist if necessary:

  • Minor Illnesses such as small fever, ear aches, coughing, cold, rash, flu, coughs, colds, strep throat, infections.
  • Endocrine Problems such as abnormal growth and development, thyroid disease or gynecomastia.
  • Cardiovascular Problems such as hypertension or heart murmurs.
  • Dermatologic Disorder such as acne or other skin conditions.
  • Neurologic Disorders such as headaches, syncope, vertigo, or seizures.
  • Urologic Disorders such as urinary tract infections, enuresis, hematuria, or proteinuria.
  • Infectious Diseases such as mononucleosis, hepatitis, or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • Orthopedic Issues such as scoliosis, back pain, or knee pain. We also provide sports medicine guidance.
  • Other Medical Issues such as fatigue, recurrent abdominal pain, chest pain, or sleep problems.
  • Acute Minor Injuries/Lacerations such as ear piercings or other piercings.
  • Nutrition/Weight Issues such as weight gain and weight loss, supplements, weight training, anorexia, and bulimia.
  • Mental Health Screenings for depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), eating disorders, and substance use or abuse.
  • School Problems such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), learning disability, or school failure.
  • Adolescent Female Health Care such as pelvic examinations, sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening and treatment, pregnancy testing, counseling in contraceptive practices, abnormal periods, and breast disorders.
  • Adolescent Male Health Care such as scrotal disorders and sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening and treatment.