Primary Care Specialist

Bethel Medical Associates LLC

Internists & Pediatricians located in New City, NY

The team at Bethel Medical Associates, in New City, New York, enjoys working with all community members who turn to the practice for care, but children hold a special place in the practitioners’ hearts. Pediatrics is an essential part of Bethel Medical Associates, and an area of the practice that’s one of the most fulfilling. If you’re searching for a skilled and personable physician who will get to know you and your child, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.

Primary Care Q & A

What is pediatrics?

Pediatrics is an area of medical specialty focused on the needs of children. These services cover the full span of childhood, from birth through adolescence. 

During the first few years of life, your child goes in for frequent checkups. These visits check your child’s development and ensure they get the vaccinations they need to stay healthy. If any problems are noted, you’ll receive detailed information on how to best meet your child’s needs. 

After your child turns 5, annual checkups are the norm. That said, your physician is available if a question or medical issue arises. 

What is a well-child visit?

A well-child visit is also commonly called a checkup or an annual visit. These appointments allow your child’s doctor to gather important health data for their medical record and screen for signs of disease or developmental delays.

Well-child visits are also an opportunity for parents to ask questions and explore ways to support their child’s health and wellness. Over time, both you and your child develop a relationship with your provider, which makes it easier to navigate serious health issues if they develop. 

What happens during a sick visit?

A sick visit is an appointment made to address a specific set of symptoms. During these visits, your doctor works toward a diagnosis and creates a treatment plan for your child. 

Sick visits could stem from a fever, a cold that isn’t improving with at-home care, a rash, or signs of a food allergy. This is far from a comprehensive list, as there are many issues that can prompt a sick visit. 

How can I prepare my child for the first pediatrics visit?  

Meeting a new doctor for the first time can be intimidating for anyone, especially for kids. The best thing you can do to help your child prepare is to speak positively about going to the doctor. Talk about the experience as something your child “gets” to do, not something they “have” to do. 

There are also numerous children’s books about visiting the doctor, with options available for all ages. Another great way to help lessen your child’s anxiety about a pediatrics visit is to bring them in during your own checkups. Watching you interact positively with your physician is a great way to create positive associations about health care. 

Scheduling a pediatrics visit is as simple as a phone call or a few moments using the online booking tool. The Bethel Medical Associates team looks forward to meeting your child and welcoming them into the practice family.