We welcome all newborns to our practice whether you choose to deliver at Bartlett Regional Hospital, Juneau Family Birth Center, or at home. If you deliver at Bartlett Regional Hospital, then our pediatrician with over 20 years experience will meet your newborn at the hospital after delivery to provide support for you and your child. Additional newborn services offered while in the hospital may include management of breastfeeding issues, newborn jaundice, and coordinating follow up care with a lactation consultant. If you would like to discuss circumcision, you can do this either while in the hospital or at your first check-up in the clinic after you’ve been discharged home.
Well Child Care
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, every child should have preventative checkups following the periodic check-up and CDC vaccination schedules. Helping your child feel comfortable and to understand the benefit of preventive care will set positive health habits that will extend into adulthood. Preventative check-ups are important both to address any of your concerns, as well as to monitor for issues that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. Additionally, since these visits are preventive health services, they will typically be covered at no cost to you by your health insurance. Contact your insurance carrier for detailed plan benefits.
During every check-up or annual physical you can expect your child’s height, weight, and vital signs to be measured. Your child’s provider will address home life, school, physical activity, diet, sleep and development as well as reviewing all body systems. You will have the opportunity to review your child’s growth charts as well as to discuss age appropriate preventive counseling. At the end of the visit, you and your child’s provider will review which vaccines are due based on the CDC schedule and decide which screening tests and vaccines the nurse will administer to your child that day.
We ask that parents play an active role in helping to make your child’s visit to the clinic positive and enjoyable. Be sure to explain to your child the reason for their visit, but be careful in how you present it. Beforehand, you can show your child photos of children at the doctor’s office or read a book together about going to the doctor’s office, bodies or health. Please avoid using words that cause fear such as “needle”, “shot”, “pinch”, or “poke”, since they suggest a negative feeling. Please do not make jokes or threats about visits to the doctor’s office or vaccines as punishment for bad behavior. Please do not promise your child that a procedure will not hurt as that can lead to mistrust, and instead try helping your child put their feelings into words and offer comfort. We are experienced and prepared to help manage your child’s fears and anxieties around new or painful procedures, and you as parents can help by being a calm and comforting presence.
Our team of providers are available by appointment to help manage your child’s acute as well as any chronic problems. We routinely see children for concussions, colds, ear infections, pink eye, sore throat, stomach virus or rash. Additionally, we treat seasonal influenza, strep throat, croup, RSV, hand, foot and mouth disease, and allergies
Our team is experienced in managing chronic conditions such as asthma, obesity, headaches, seizures, autoimmune disorders, cardiac disorders, diabetes, other endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, eczema, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, and chromosomal anomalies. All of our providers work closely with regional specialists such as Providence Alaska Medical Center, Alaska Children’s Eye and Strabismus, Northland Audiology, Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Institute of Alaska, Alaska Center for Dermatology, and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Behavioral and Mental Health Care
We provide comprehensive care for our patients, and this of course includes behavioral and mental health care. We commonly see children for anger outbursts, motor/vocal tics, sleep disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, and eating disorders. We provide screening, diagnosis and pharmacologic treatment according to national clinical guidelines. Parents of children who are taking a daily medication for a behavioral or mental health issue can expect to be seen for follow up in the clinic at least yearly for a physical, as well as every six months either in the clinic or by telehealth from the comfort of your own home.
All of our providers are experienced working with the school district to ensure your child’s academic needs are met through a 504 and Individualized Education Plan. We work closely with local speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists as well as regional specialists such as Bartlett Outpatient Psychiatry, Orion Behavioral Health, North Star Behavioral Health, REACH Infant Learning Program, Providence Pediatric Neurodevelopmental, AEYC, Behavior Matters, and Juneau Youth Services.