Lots of things make kids unique. So it takes the right kind of care to keep them well. Our world-class general pediatrics practices include preventive medicine, immunizations and treatment for a wide range of illnesses—from the common to the complex.
At Cohen Children’s, our general pediatric practices provide a variety of services, including anticipatory guidance, preventive medicine and immunizations, as well as treatment of common and complex illnesses.
Routine checkups are important for keeping your child healthy. By keeping a regular schedule for checkups, we can help prevent illness while being able to detect potential problems and monitor your child’s growth and development from infancy through adolescence.
Our state-of-the-art general pediatrics offices are conveniently located in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties. Academic education for both healthcare providers and parents, onsite training of pediatric residents, ongoing research, child advocacy and community outreach are also integral elements of our program.
Our general pediatric practices are dedicated to delivering outstanding medical care to patients from infancy through adolescence. In addition to offering general pediatric care, we also offer programs and services for patients and their families, including:
Child Protection Program—Designed to protect the health and welfare of children by encouraging the reporting of children who are known to be or suspected of being abused or neglected. The program also provides services for the protection and treatment of abused and neglected children and to protect them from further harm.
Lead Poisoning Evaluation and Treatment Program—Lead poisoning is a major cause of learning disabilities, anemia and growth problems. Children exposed to lead may have problems with paying attention and being aggressive. Children are most commonly exposed to lead by the ingestion of paint chips or dirt that is contaminated with lead. Prior to 1977, lead was an ingredient of paint, so children living in older homes with chipping paint are most at risk for lead poisoning.
Accident Prevention Program—Accidental injuries to infants and young children are often serious, but are largely preventable with appropriate information and safe practices. Young children are particularly vulnerable to accidents due to their innate desire to explore their world and the inability to perceive the dangers of their actions. Children will learn through experience that minor injuries are inevitable, but providing a safe environment coupled with close supervision and setting the limits of safety can reduce the risks.
Pediatric Weight Management and Exercise Physiology Program—Certain factors such as age, socioeconomic status, cultural issues and disease are taken into consideration when creating our specialized weight management programs for infants and adolescents.
Pediatric Asthma/Obesity Program—Obesity and asthma are increasingly prevalent disorders in children. Childhood obesity increases the risk of the child becoming an obese adult, and increases mortality in adulthood from multiple health problems including cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. Asthma represents another major cause of morbidity in the United States, and childhood asthma is the principal cause of chronic illness and school absenteeism.
Failure to Thrive Center—Failure to thrive (or FTT) is also called psychosocial failure to thrive and is defined as decelerated or arrested physical growth. This is when a child’s height and weight measurements fall below the 5th percentile or change in their growth across two major growth percentiles. This is also associated with poor developmental and emotional functioning.
National RSV Bronchiolitis Prevention Outcomes Research Center—Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV is the primary cause of hospitalization for acute respiratory tract illness and specifically for bronchiolitis in young children.
Vaccine for Kids Program—There are currently vaccines available to protect children and adults against at least 15 life-threatening or crippling diseases. From newborns to senior citizens, timely immunizations are one of the most important ways for people to protect themselves and others from serious diseases.
Keeping your child’s immunizations current
Making sure your child receives all vaccinations on time is one of the most important things you can do to ensure his or her long-term health – as well as the health of friends, classmates and others in the community.
It’s true that some vaccine-preventable diseases have become very rare thanks to vaccines. However, outbreaks still happen. Making sure your child is up to date with vaccinations is the best way to make sure our communities and schools do not experience an outbreak.
Recommendation childhood immunization schedule
When your child is getting ready to go back to school
Our pediatricians can handle your school and sports physical needs! The highly trained staff will complete your child’s exam and any forms you need for the coming school year. We will also administer any immunizations that your child may be due for.
Before heading back to school, a proper checkup is important to evaluate any issues your growing child may be experiencing. For example, a back to school physical will check whether your child’s vision is developing properly and address any other developmental issues that are important to a growing child.
What to expect
Back to school physical exams will vary based on the child’s age, but typically our pediatricians will:
- Record your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and Body Mass Index
- Check your child’s heart, lungs, glands, abdomen, skin, eyes, ears, nose, and throat
- Review your child’s immunization record
- Make sure your child’s blood work is up to date
- Evaluate your child’s vision, hearing, joints, muscles, and spine
- Discuss the medical history of your child and your family
What to bring
You should bring your child’s immunization records and a list of any medications your child takes, including prescription medications and over-the-counter medicines.
Please bring your child’s insurance information
Please hand any school forms to be completed to the front desk upon check-in.