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Primary Care

Pediatrics

Dr. Deonne and child patient

From Infants to Youth

Dr. Deonne began 25 years ago as a pediatric nurse. She has 20+ years experience in pediatrics as a nurse practitioner, and has seen thousands of children during her career. She knows how to listen to both the parent and child. Dr. Deonne sees all ages -- from babies to children to teenagers. With three kids herself, she knows children's health from both the professional and personal sides.

Babies and Toddlers

We Love Littles!

Having a baby is the most wonderful and challenging transition for a family. We love babies and toddlers and will make sure yours in on-track developmentally with the best start for life. We work with the whole family as your baby grows. Sometimes this is helping Mom with the baby blues and sometimes this is problem solving your baby's "colic" or sleep issues -- and later on, potty training.

Well-Child visits help keep your child healthy. The American Academy of Pediatrics developed has developed a schedule of well-child visits. For babies and toddlers, the schedule includes:

  • The first week visit (3 to 5 days old)
  • 1 month old
  • 2 months old
  • 6 month old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 24 months old
  • 3 years old
  • After that, once a year
Today, children in the United States routinely get vaccines that protect them from more than a dozen diseases such as measles, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Most of these diseases are now at their lowest levels in history, thanks to years of immunization.

We believe in science and weighing of risks. Most immunizations allow the body to create its own antibodies to ward off dangerous diseases. We take the time to educate and answer your questions so that you are comfortable with your decisions for your children.
It is hard when your baby is sick. Common health problems in babies include colds, coughs, fevers, and vomiting. Babies also commonly have skin problems, like diaper rash or cradle cap. Many of the problems are not serious. It is important to know how to help your sick baby, and to know the warning signs for more serious problems. Trust your intuition - if you are worried about your baby, call us right away.

Kids and Preteens

As kids grow, we monitor their growth and development and keep them up to date on disease prevention. We talk about healthy diet and activity choices, screen time, and everyday challenges that crop up.

Here are some examples of reasons that school-age children should be seen:

  • Significant weight gain or loss
  • Sleep problems or change in behavior
  • Fever higher than 102
  • Rashes or skin infections
  • Frequent sore throats
  • Coughing or wheezing

The flu is a serious illness. Some years it kills 40,000 or more people in the U.S. The virus is easily spread, and children are very susceptible to the illness. Except for the very old and those with chronic diseases children are not as severely impacted as adults. However, they can pass the flu on to older or vulnerable adults who may suffer severely. Knowing the facts about the flu, its symptoms, and when to get vaccinated are all important in the fight against its spread. The flu is an infection of the nose, throat, and (sometimes) lungs. Your young child with the flu will most often have a fever of 100°F (37.8°C) or higher and a sore throat or a cough. Other symptoms you may notice:

  • Chills, sore muscles, and headache
  • Runny nose
  • Acting tired and cranky much of the time
  • Diarrhea and vomiting


If you think your child has the flu, please give us a call.

There are many things you can do to make medicine taste better to your child. Put liquid medicines in the refrigerator before giving them to your child. If your child will not take a medicine because of the taste, it may be okay to mix the medicine with a small amount of liquid (like juice) or soft food (like pudding). Ask your provider or pharmacist about your child’s medicine to see if this is okay. Some pharmacies have flavorings they can mix with liquid medicine before you take it home. You should also explain to your child how medicine can help him or her stay healthy or feel better.

Teenagers

Adolescence is a challenging time. We spend the time to address all the changes in family life as your child begins to make their own decisions. Creating a great relationship with the teen is integral. We discuss healthy habits, bullying, mental health, prevention of sexually transmitted infections and abusive relationships, and exercise, creating a strong foundation for health in adulthood.

Sports injuries and other problems, such as knee pain and headaches, are common concerns. We should evaluate any pain that is severe or long-lasting. Issues involving puberty and sexual development are typical concerns for teens. We can be a valuable resource by answering questions and giving guidance during this period of physical and emotional changes. Teens should be reassured that anything they discuss with their provider will be kept confidential, unless their health or the health of others could possibly be in danger.

Teens will be asked about behaviors or emotional problems that may indicate depression or the risk of suicide. We will also provide counseling about risky behaviors and other issues, including:

  • Sexual activities that may result in unintended pregnancy and STDs
  • Use of alcohol and other substances, including anabolic steroids
  • Use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, vaping and smokeless tobacco
  • Drinking and driving
  • The importance of bicycle helmets, seatbelts, and protective sports gear
  • How to resolve conflicts without violence
  • Learning problems or difficulties at school
  • Importance of regular physical activity
As teens go through puberty, issues of sexual health will be addressed. We will counsel about the prevention of unintended pregnancy and STDs.
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