Pediatrics

Kirk Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Smyrna, DE

Children need quality health care to monitor their growth, update their vaccinations, and address acute issues, such as ear infections or the flu. At Kirk Family Practice in Smyrna, Delaware, children and adults enjoy expert, comprehensive care from a board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Deborah Kirk and board-certified family nurse practitioner Nicole Howard. Call the office to schedule your pediatric visits.

Pediatrics Q & A

What is included in pediatric care?

Pediatrics is a comprehensive branch of medicine that addresses the health and wellness of children from infancy to adolescence. The practice provides regular wellness checks to ensure they’re developing normally and have optimal physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

At Kirk Family Practice, Dr. Kirk offers pediatric care for acute issues including:

  • Colds and flu
  • Ear infections
  • Stomach bugs
  • Minor injuries, such as cuts and sprains

Children with chronic issues, such as Type 1 diabetes and asthma, can also have their conditions managed.

What are pediatric wellness checks?

Babies and toddlers are seen more often on a schedule Dr. Kirk shares with you. For preschoolers and beyond, yearly wellness checks evaluate your child’s overall health. She measures your child’s height and weight, and in older children, blood pressure levels.

She also discusses lifestyle factors that can affect a child’s well-being. These include:

  • Safety
  • Sleep
  • Diet
  • Exercise

Dr. Kirk may also ask about family life, school, and community activity.

What vaccinations are provided at pediatric visits?

Vaccines are essential in providing protection against organisms that cause serious diseases. When you receive a vaccine, you get a small, safe amount of a bacteria or virus so your body can build up immunity. If the child is attacked by the infection later on, their body recognizes the organism and their immune system is better prepared to fight it off.

Kirk Family Practice provides all necessary vaccines for children. These vaccines are recommended at various times in a child’s development. Many are administered in infancy and during the toddler years, while boosters for some vaccines are usually given as children reach school age.

Some of the vaccines that are commonly given include:

  • DPT immunization
  • Influenza
  • Polio
  • Chickenpox
  • MMR
  • Meningococcal
  • Hepatitis A and B

If you have questions about vaccines, Dr. Kirk is happy to answer them.

How is pediatric growth evaluated?

Your child’s height and weight, as well as their head circumference for babies and toddlers, are compared to normal developmental milestones. These numbers are recorded on a growth chart. Dr. Kirk looks for changes in the rate of growth and where your child falls compared to the average to evaluate overall health and development. She also keeps an eye out for any potential medical issues.

Regular, expert pediatric care helps keep your child healthy. Call Kirk Family Practice to schedule your child’s appointment.