Pediatrics Specialist

Family Health Associates

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Murfreesboro, TN

Routine pediatric visits are an important part of your child’s well-being since they go through major growth spurts as babies and as teens. Expert family physicians Akashia Anderson Murphy, MD, and Dennis Carter, MD, work with a team of dedicated pediatric providers at Family Health Associates in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to provide the comprehensive care your child needs. Book your child’s appointment by calling the office directly.

Pediatrics Q & A

Why does my child need routine physicals?

Children go through two major growth spurts: One during their first few years of life and another during puberty. Because so much development is going on in their bodies, it’s important to book routine well-baby or well-child exams at Family Health Associates to ensure they’re developing healthfully. Your little one needs a routine physical to:

  • Run age-appropriate labs
  • Evaluate their height and weight
  • Get caught up on immunizations
  • Check for signs of developmental delays or birth defects
  • Talk about puberty-related changes, like menstrual periods
  • Ensure they’re healthy enough for school or sports activities

Regular pediatric visits are also your one-on-one time with your child’s family physician to discuss any concerns you may have. You can even receive the dietary and nutritional counseling you may need.

What happens during a pediatrics exam?

It’s normal for your little one to be nervous before a pediatric exam, so the better prepared you are, the easier it is to help them stay calm. Pediatric exams at Family Health Associates begin with sitting down and talking with your dedicated provider.

They want to know all about your child, your family health history, and any health issues your child may have. A pediatric exam may also involve:

  • Weight and height measurements
  • Pulse and blood pressure check
  • Physical examination
  • Neurological check
  • Lung check

If your child needs a school or sports physical, your doctor at Family Health Associates may also need to run additional screenings. Make sure you bring that paperwork with you.

Does my child need immunizations?

Possibly. Babies need all kinds of immunizations when they’re little, and as they get older, there’s several recommended boosters and additional vaccines. The most common pediatric immunizations needed during the first year of life include:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Polio

After the age of 12 months, your child may need:

  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Chickenpox
  • Varicella
  • Boosters

The expert pediatric practitioners at Family Health Associates also recommend annual flu shots for most children. The team maintains your child’s vaccination records and always lets you know when your little one is due.

You can conveniently schedule pediatrics appointments at Family Health Associates directly over the phone.

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