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A parent always wants the best for their kids and have their interests at heart. At Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, our five physicians and their team provide second-to-none pediatric care for children through the age of 21. We assure families we have the characteristics you require when selecting a Danville pediatrics professional for your child.
What is pediatric care?
Pediatrics is a specialty that focuses on the medical care, growth, and development of babies, children, and teens. The pediatrician provides routine physicals and vaccinations, tracks growth, screens hearing, vision and monitors behavioral, physical, emotional, and intellectual development.
Your child's Danville pediatrics professional manages chronic and acute illness and coordinates care with outside specialists too. Our pediatricians in Danville, CA, follow the guidelines for practice, care, and vaccinations set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
What should you look for in a pediatrician?
The short answer is competency and comfort. Your pediatrician should possess proper credentials and have a range of experience in caring for children of all ages. Also, he or she should make both child and parent feel at ease and respected. The doctor sets the tone for the entire medical practice and each in-office visit.
So, if you're a soon-to-be parent or wish to look for a new pediatrician for your child, here are some tips:
- Start early, while you are pregnant. Ask relatives or trusted friends for a referral or two, or consult the American Academy of Pediatrics online for doctors in your area.
- Contact the office to arrange a get-acquainted visit.
- At the office, look for a kid-friendly atmosphere and waiting room. The staff should greet you warmly and on time.
- Ask questions of the staff and physician, including what insurances the practice accepts, what the sick-visit and walk-in policies are, and what their vaccination policy and schedule are.
- Ask if the office provides prenatal counseling and lactation consultation after birth.
Make the right decision
The March of Dimes says that your baby will see the pediatrician at least seven times during the first year of life. After that, there are well- and sick-visits, vaccinations, documentation for sports participation, and care when immediate, pressing needs do arise. In short, that's a lot of contact between physician and family.
Please consider your choice of Danville pediatrics service deliberately. May we suggest getting to know the fine staff at BlackHawk Medical Group in Danville, CA? We deliver the best in pediatrics. For a routine appointment, contact our office in Blackhawk Plaza Circle at (925) 736-7070. We also have a walk-in clinic in Camino Tassajara Road: (925) 309-2700.
At Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, our pediatrics staff receives many inquiries about children's nutrition. Therefore, we are giving you answers to frequently asked questions from our parents and caregivers. Knowledge empowers, and we want families to be informed on good nutrition and how it benefits children and adolescents.
I worry about my child becoming overweight. How can we avoid this problem?
Childhood obesity is a big problem in the US. In fact, the AAP reports that one in three American children are clinically obese. As such, parents must safeguard eating habits at home by:
- Modeling nutritious food choices (low-fat, high protein, high-fiber)
- Limiting sugary sodas and snacks
- Increasing outdoor activity/exercise and restricting screen time
At Blackhawk Medical Group, we carefully track your child's height and weight and other indicators of health, growth, and development through the annual well-child exam.
How much dairy does my child need?
The calcium in dairy products improves bone and dental health, as well as critical physiological function. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) publishes guidelines on the number and size of servings of milk, yogurt, and other calcium-rich foods.
Remember, as your youngster becomes a quickly growing teen, he or she will need more calcium. For those who have milk allergies, offer calcium-fortified OJ, cereals, and supplements as recommended by your Danville pediatrician.
When should my baby start solid foods?
Start offering iron-fortified cereal and pureed meats, vegetables, and fruits at six months. This is when your baby is able to sit in a high chair and likely has a baby tooth or two erupting. Also, breast milk does not have sufficient iron and zinc for babies of this age, says the AAP.
How helpful is water to my growing child?
Yes, hydration is good for oral health and physiological function. So, provide plenty, particularly when your child is very active and when the weather is warm.
Ask us any question!
At Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA our professional team includes an on-staff pediatrician, Dr. Denise O'Riordan. She is passionate about your child's health and is available for telehealth appointments: (925) 736-7070.
How your primary care physicians in Danville, CA, can help you stay healthy
Your healthcare team is not complete unless you have a primary care physician. That’s because a primary care physician is focused on YOU. When you are sick, it’s a great comfort to know that there is a doctor available that knows all about you and is concerned that you receive the best care possible. Read on to learn how the primary care physicians here at Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, can help you stay healthy.
What our primary care physicians can do for you
A vital part of primary care is well-visit checks and routine physical examinations. These regular visits help ensure potentially serious illnesses or medical conditions are diagnosed early, and quickly, so you can begin treatment to feel better.
During these regular visits, your doctor will check your weight, heart sounds, blood pressure, and other factors to determine your overall level of health. Your doctor will listen to your heart and respiration to check for any abnormalities.
Primary care doctors can also order any laboratory tests required such as cholesterol and triglycerides to help determine your risk of diabetes, atherosclerosis, and other conditions.
A major focus of your primary care physician is the prevention of disease. This why it’s common for your primary care physician to recommend vaccinations for conditions such as the flu, pneumonia, shingles, and others. Vaccinations are a cornerstone of excellent preventive healthcare to keep you from suffering serious, and even fatal, diseases.
One of the most important roles of your primary care physician is providing education about current health trends, treatments, and other vital information. There is a lot of conflicting healthcare information out there on the internet, in magazines, and what people tell you. The truth is, your primary care physician is a voice you can trust to give you the right information, right when you need it.
Time for a checkup? Give us a call
Call the primary care physicians at Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, today by dialing (925) 736-7070.
When was the last time you saw your doctor for a routine checkup?
Unfortunately, there is a decline in the number of people visiting their doctor once a year in the US. Only 20 percent of American adults have visited the doctor within the last year. Getting an annual physical exam is important for everyone, even those who are relatively healthy. Here are some of the benefits of visiting the primary care physicians at Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, at least once a year for a regular physical exam:
Save Time and Money
One of the major benefits to visiting your doctor for screenings and annual preventive care is that you actually save money in the long run. Instead of waiting until you have to spend a lot of money on treatments, surgery, or hospitalizations, you can spend a little bit of time and money upfront for regular checkups and care to preserve your health.
Diagnose Problems Early On
While disease prevention is the goal for regular checkups, these checkups also allow our doctors to be able to pinpoint health problems early on when they may be reversed through simple lifestyle changes. By catching problems early on they wreak less havoc on your long-term health, and they are usually easier to treat.
For example, if our doctors determine that you are prediabetic there are simple lifestyle changes (e.g. diet; exercise; smoking cessation) that could actually reverse this and prevent prediabetes from turning into full-blown diabetes.
Gain Helpful Health Tips and Advice
From providing recommendations on how to eat healthier to what exercise regimen will work best for you, the medical team here at Blackhawk Medical Group can provide you with the proper guidance to help you lead a healthier life. We can also help you pinpoint problems and bad habits that could be affecting your health.
Time for a Physical Exam? Give Us a Call
If you don’t remember the last time you visited the doctor, then it’s time to schedule your next appointment. Prevent health problems from happening to you—let the caring medical team here at Blackhawk Medical Group in Danville, CA, provide you and your family with comprehensive and preventive medical care to lead fuller, healthier lives. Contact our main office today by dialing (925) 736-7070 and Pressing 1 to make an appointment.