All parents recall that seemingly irresponsible moment when hospital staff wheel new mom out of the hospital while dad does some last-minute adjustments to the recently unwrapped car seat he’s spent longer than he wants to admit adjusting and preparing for this big moment.
Then, after a few tugs on the car seat, the nurse offers a fleeting word of encouragement and sends the new parents — with precious cargo in-tow — into the world.
But, inexperienced parents quickly turn into willing-to-share experts, perfecting the subtle differences between a “hungry cry,” “sad cry” and every other type.
Regardless of where mothers and fathers fall on this continuum, Intermountain supplies a team of experts to fill in the gaps, offer encouragement and supplement the parental love.
“New parents should ask questions,” says Dr. Benjamin Greenfield with Intermountain Pediatrics in Orem. “There is a lot of apprehension that comes from doing anything for the first time — especially when that thing is taking care of a new baby. Most things that seem concerning at first are normal or self-limiting, but it never hurts to ask, and pediatricians love to answer these kinds of questions.”
For most new parents these days, it’s not a lack of information that is the problem. It’s sorting through the flood of articles, anecdotes and advice to find the right information.
“With all of the information available online — and through well-meaning friends and family members — there is a lot to sort through,” says Cami Kesler, nurse practitioner with Intermountain Pediatrics in American Fork. “I let them vent, ask questions, clarify concerns and then remind them that raising a baby, child or teenager is done one day at a time.”
Pediatricians are specialist physicians and care providers expert in children — from infants through adolescence. The team at the Intermountain Pediatrics consists of three offices — Lehi, American Fork and Orem — full of friendly advice. They are also true advocates for patients who can’t take care of themselves alone.
“Caring for a child involves recruiting parents and other family members to help them succeed,” says Dr. James Burdett of Intermountain Pediatrics in Lehi. “Plus, I enjoy working with them as their needs change over time. My reward comes in witnessing their progression toward becoming a fully functioning, successful, happy adult.”
Some of these changes include more complicated mental and emotional challenges that often develop during adolescence. Intermountain Pediatrics assists patients through its team approach dedicated to the entire person.
“By having mental health providers in our office — including a psychiatrist and psychologist — combined with direct access we have to one another, we can discuss patient care and develop a unified plan,” says Dr. Jonathan Burnett with Intermountain Pediatrics in American Fork.
While acute concerns — like broken arms and ear infections — drive many pediatric patients to the doctor’s office, the professionals at Intermountain Pediatrics believe that well-baby check-ups and annual examinations are key to minimizing disease and developing healthy habits throughout life.
“I find subtle changes in these visits that need attention and have helped us stave off more severe disease or illness,” says Dr. Dustin Wise with Intermountain Pediatrics in American Fork. “These ‘well’ visits help us educate and advise and occasionally helps us find more serious conditions.”
For example, Dr. Wise has found three cancers during “well” check-ups in his 20 year career. While that might not seem like a big number, consider how important each of those was to the involved mothers and fathers — say nothing of the patient.
Through all of life’s challenges — starting with getting the car seat in right — it’s also important for parents to understand the strength their children have and that true care comes from doing their best.
“I hope all parents know that they don’t need to know everything,” Dr. Greenfield says. “Ask questions and do your best. Making mistakes is part of the process of being a parent.”
And know there is a local team of educated, experienced professions ready to help at any time.
“Pediatrics is the specialty of medical science concerned with the physical, mental, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood. Pediatric care encompasses a broad spectrum of health services ranging from preventive health care to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases.
“Pediatrics is a discipline that deals with biological, social, and environmental influences on the developing child and with the impact of disease and dysfunction on development. Children differ from adults anatomically, physiologically, immunologically, psychologically, developmentally, and metabolically.”
(Source: American Academy of Pediatrics)
About Intermountain Pediatrics
Caring for children from infancy to teen years, the doctors at Intermountain Pediatrics offer comprehensive care for children and young people in all areas, including:
- Newborn care
- Well child visits
- Sports physicals
- Behavioral health
- Mental health
- Comprehensive medical care
- Nutrition and obesity
- Ear infections
- Bladder problems
- Other childhood health issues