OUR BABY DOCTORS
Dr Fran Bradshaw and Dr Emma Philip have a special interest in child health.We like to meet our new babies in the first week they come home from hospital. We can do a health check and also check on Mum too. We understand new Mums need support in the early months to learn about their new baby. We are here to help with advice about feeding , sleeping and unsettled babies. Our staff know to always offer an appointment for babies and young children if your child needs to be seen.
Please drop in at 12.30pm on Wednesdays when our baby nurse will be happy to weigh and measure your baby. One of our baby doctors will be available to discuss any concerns.
Regular Check Ups
It is recommended to have Baby Check-ups at 1 week, 1 month and 2 months. These are all recorded in the Child Health Book. Please remember to bring the Child Health Book along to every appointment so we can monitor the baby’s health and development. This is an opportunity to ask questions about feeding and sleeping and raise any concerns you may have.
There are immunisations at 2, 4 and 6 months, 1 year, 18 months and 4 years. Immunisations are available from 11am—3pm everyday and outside these times on request. Please ring for an appointment. From 18 months you can purchase an EMLA anaesthetic patch. After the injection we ask that you wait in the Surgery for 10-15 minutes so we can make sure there is no adverse reaction to the immunisations. The common side effects after an injection are
- The injection site may be red and may have a lump for up to 6 weeks.
- The baby may be irritable or feverish at night.
We recommend Baby Paracetamol for fevers.
Healthy Kids Check
At 4 years of age we recommend all children should have a health check before they start school. This check-up is now required to receive family tax benefits. The health check is bulk billed unless the child is not immunised or is aged over five. In this case a private charge will apply as there are no Medicare rebates. During the health check we will
- Take a thorough history.
- Complete a full physical examination including height, weight, heart & teeth.
- Provide advice on diet and exercise.
- Explore any concerns you may have e.g. bed wetting.
We also recommend an eye check with an optometrist. If there are any concerns about hearing a referral can be made to an audiologist. Language development issues can be addressed by referral to a speech pathologist.
Our practice nurses have all trained with the National Asthma Council and are available to see any children with asthma. They will do lung function tests and provide parent education. Please ask your doctor to refer your child for this service.
Other Chronic Diseases
If your child has a complex medical condition such as Asthma or Epilepsy, your GP can act as a co-ordinator for their care and provide a care plan for school and other specialists. This can also help you to access Medicare referrals to Allied Health Professionals such as a Dietician and Physiotherapist.
Behavioural Problems, Depression and Anxiety
For children with mental health problems, your Doctor may offer a GP Mental Health Plan. This can help you access a Medicare Rebate on up to 12 sessions of psychology services.
Up to the age on 7 or 8, children may have the occasional wet bed. However, if your child regularly wets the bed, please see your doctor for advice.
Out of Hours Care
You can register your family with ‘Family Care,’ the after hours doctor service. There are family memberships for one and three years. All registered members are bulk billed for out of hours consultations. You can contact ‘Family Care’ on 3831 9999.