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Kids don’t usually like the doctor’s office, but they won't mind ours. Cheerful environments staffed by kid-friendly care teams makes our clinics popular places with your little ones.

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When you have a sick kid, you want care right now. We make it easy with same-day appointments, convenient clinic parking and 24-hour virtual care.

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Count on comprehensive care from pediatricians and family medicine providers who are specially trained in the health needs of babies, children and teens.

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Recommended for kids of all ages, routine well-child care visits help maintain your child’s good health. Visits include a complete physical exam to monitor your child’s growth and development, update immunizations and find or prevent health problems. They also provide important guidance about managing your child’s safety, nutrition, fitness, illnesses and other issues.

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After birth, the baby’s first well-care visit should be done at 2 to 3 days of age, typically before they go home from the hospital. Afterward, doctors recommend the following schedule for your child’s well-care visits.

  • 3 to 5 days
  • 2 to 4 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 30 months
  • Annually, between the ages of 3 and 21 years

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At every age, your child has unique physical, emotional and developmental needs. UW Medicine partners with Seattle Children’s Hospital to meet those needs through our wide range of specialized services. An important part of your child’s care experience is finding the right pediatric specialist. When choosing a provider, think about what qualities matter to you. Then ask your child’s pediatrician, your primary care physician and people you respect for recommendations.

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Child abuse can happen in any family, no matter its income, race, ethnic heritage and religious faith. Child abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. Neglecting to act when a child is potentially in harm’s way can also be abuse.

Also called vaccines, these protect babies, children and teens from many diseases, including some that can be life-threatening. Vaccines are safe, effective and necessary to keep your child healthy. Doctors recommend the following immunizations for kids throughout their childhood.

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  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Hepatitis B
  • Inactivated polio vaccine
  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)
  • Hib vaccine (Haemophilus influenzae type b)
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
  • Pneumococcal  vaccine (PCV 13)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Rotavirus
  • Hepatitis A
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)
  • Seasonal influenza (flu)

You want to protect your child from harm at home and when they are away. Learn how to keep them safe with the right information.

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Injury or illness in children can be scary, but knowing how and when to react is key for 1) their health and 2) your peace of mind. UW Medicine partners with Seattle Children’s Hospital to ensure kids receive the right care when and where they need it.  Read on to find out what you can do at home and when you need to call or see the doctor.

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Inform yourself to make the best choices for your child’s health and care with UW Medicine education resources.

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Condition Spotlight

Jaundice

Overview

Over half of all newborns develop some amount of jaundice during the first week. This causes a yellow coloring in their skin and eyes. This is usually a short-term condition, but may be a more serious sign of another illness. Jaundice is caused by the breakdown of red blood cells.

Symptoms

Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes is a sign of infant jaundice that usually appears between the second and fourth day after birth. Press gently on your baby's forehead or nose. If the skin looks yellow where you pressed, it's likely your baby has mild jaundice.

Risk factors

A premature infant is more likely to have jaundice. Other risk factors include significant bruising during birth, an infant blood type that differs from the mother’s, and breastfeeding.

Diagnosis

The yellow tint to the skin can often be seen by gently pressing on the baby's forehead or chest and watching the color return.

Treatment

Treatment for jaundice depends on many factors, including the cause and the severity of the jaundice. Treatment often includes using special lights called phototherapy. Babies with severe jaundice may need hospitalization and blood transfusions.

Complications

Babies with jaundice may have feeding problems and be irritable or listless. If not treated, severe jaundice can result in conditions including acute bilirubin encephalopathy, which may cause lasting brain damage.

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