Serving Patients from Newborns to Teens
Why Should I See A Pediatrician?
Support from birth to age 18
As a young parent, you are always conflicted about whether to visit a pediatrician or a family doctor for your child. It is important to consider choosing the services of a pediatrician because these professionals specifically focus on managing the physical, behavioral, and mental care for children from birth until age 18. A pediatrician is trained to diagnose and treat a broad range of childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases.
A pediatrician will see your baby many times from birth to age 2 and annually from age 2 to age 5 for “well-child visits.” After age 5, your pediatrician will likely see your child every year for annual checkups. Your pediatrician is also the first person to call whenever your child is sick.
Pediatricians will specialize in child wellness, immunizations, physical exams, nutrition, developmental milestones and more as it relates to your child.
Trust & Relationship
For the wellbeing of your child it is important to have trust in your doctor and garner the benefits of consistent care. A pediatrician that your child trusts and has good rapport allows for open communication. Your child’s health care with benefit positively from the partnership between you, your child and your doctor.
A Lifetime of Service
Frequently Asked Questions.
What is a Pediatrician?
A pediatrician is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of children. Pediatricians have undergone special training in the health and illnesses of infants, teens and young adults, and the majority of pediatricians are certified by the American Board of Pediatrics after passing a comprehensive exam.
Pediatricians provide preventive health care for children in good health and medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill. They also provide parents with support and advice with issues such as growth and development, safety and prevention, nutrition, and emotional wellness to foster a lifetime of good health.
How often should my child see the pediatrician?
Your child should not only see the pediatrician for an illness. It is also important to schedule well-child-care exams regularly, beginning in infancy. Also called well-care visits or checkups, these routine examinations provide the best opportunity for the doctor to observe the progress of your child’s physical and mental growth and development; to counsel and teach parents; to detect problems through screening tests; to provide immunizations, and to get to know one another. Well-care visits are strongly recommended as part of preventive pediatric care.
Well-child visits are also a good time for parents to raise questions and concerns about a child’s development, behavior, nutrition, safety and overall well-being.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this schedule for routine well-care visits:
- 3 to 5 days
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- 30 months
- 3 years
- 4 years
- And once every year thereafter for an annual health supervision visit that includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment.
What is the best way to schedule an appointment with your office?
You can schedule an appointment by calling our office during regular business hours.
Is your office accepting new patients?
Yes, we always welcome new patients. Contact our office for additional information or request an appointment.
Why does my child need to receive vaccinations?
Immunizations are a series of shots given to children at different ages to help ward off serious, and potentially fatal, childhood diseases. Making sure your child receives immunizations when scheduled is the best way to help protect your child from potentially fatal diseases. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, vaccinations have reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90%. If you’re apprehensive about vaccinations, please do not hesitate to contact our office.
"Dr Gideon is amazing. The nursing staff is great as well. They squeeze me in when I call last minute. I love this place."
"We absolutely adore Dr. Gideon, Barbara, and the staff at Helotes Pediatrics. We met them at their Open House when I was still pregnant with my twins and they have been there for us for all my daughters’ medical needs throughout the last 17 years. They are always warm and compassionate and I love how they spend time and really listen to our concerns and answer all our questions. Favorite doctor’s office ever."
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