At our practice we provide immunizations to young children in order to ensure that they are protected against nasty infectious diseases such as whooping cough and measles. Here at Hanson Medical Centre we provide you and your children with excellent services and ensure that your child’s health comes first. Our doctors are well aware of the common conditions affecting babies’ right through to adolescents. Each of our doctors can assist you with managing your child.
Babies attend for regular appointments in the first twelve months of life. The first encounter with their regular GP is usually at their 6 week check, in which a thorough examination is conducted, and where discussions occur between the parents and the doctor in regards to their babies wellbeing. We recommend that a double appointment is made for the six week check so that the doctor can spend time discussing both the needs of the mother and her child.
The current vaccination schedule includes immunisations given at 2, 4, 6 and 12 months of age. Immunisation protects children from preventable and potentially dangerous diseases.
As infants start to move and communicate, their medical needs may change. Common issues raised in regards to infants or toddler include: hearing and speech development, movement and motor development, behavioural issues, sleeps and diet problems. The vaccination schedule for infants includes immunizations given at 18 months and at 4 years.
As children progress through school new issues may arise. These may include: behavioural problems, learning and social difficulties, anxiety and school refusal, vision and eye health, allergies, bed-wetting, and general development.
Adolescence refers to the period of time between the onset of puberty and maturity. Many new themes and issues need to be addressed and assessed during this time. Concerns particular to adolescence include: anxiety, stress and mental health issues, identity, independence, social skills and friendships, education about drugs and alcohol, education about personal safety, behavioural problems and risk taking, puberty and physical development, learning difficulties, obesity, body image issues, diet, exercise, and sleep.