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Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine -  - Family Medicine

Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Medical Weight Loss located in Orland Park, IL

Your child deserves quality care to support their developing body. Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine offers comprehensive pediatric services to families in Orland Park, Illinois. Come in for well-child checkups, immunizations, sick visits, and physicals for school, camp, and sports. Call the office or book online to schedule an appointment for your child today.

Pediatrics Q & A

What is involved in pediatric care?

At Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine, the providers offer comprehensive care to children of all ages, including infants and teens. 

Pediatric care includes newborn visits, vaccinations, well-child checkups, and acute care for issues like the flu, ear infections, or rashes.

What are pediatric well-child checkups?

Well-child visits are regular exams that ensure your child is growing and developing as they should. Think of these appointments as a way to make sure your infant, toddler, school-age child, or teen is supported emotionally, physically, and mentally.

Babies and toddlers have routine well-child checks every few months, and then as children age, annual visits are usually enough. During these checks, your provider evaluates your child according to their age. Topics such as nutrition, exercise, and sports safety are usually discussed. 

Your provider also reviews what is considered normal behavior for your child at their age and answers any questions you may have about their at-home care, growth, and development. 

Well-child checkups are also a time to ensure immunizations are up to date. Some of the most important vaccines include measles, polio, hepatitis A and B, and chickenpox. A yearly flu shot is also a good idea for children 6 months and older. 

What types of tests are performed at pediatric visits?

At regular well-checkups, your child usually won’t need any specific screening tests. A nurse checks their height and weight, and for older kids, their blood pressure. 

Regular hearing and vision screenings may also be performed. If your child is having symptoms, your provider may order blood tests or other screenings to test for:

  • Allergies and/or asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Autism
  • Mental health problems, such as depression
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Your child’s physical and mental well-being is a priority at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine. If you’re concerned about your child's health, behavior, school performance, or social issues like bullying, raise these issues with your provider so you can get the support you need.

What acute problems can pediatrics address?

Acute care is for immediate health needs, such as the common cold, flu, and strep throat. Other acute conditions the providers treat include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Burns
  • Sports injuries
  • Digestive ailments
  • Ear infections
  • Skin rashes and insect bites
  • Asthma attacks (mild and moderate)

If your child has an injury or illness that requires a specialist’s expertise, your provider refers you to a trusted partner to get the quality care your child needs.

To schedule pediatric care at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine, call the office today or use the online booking tool.