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South Plains Rural Health

Multi-Specialty Group Practice located in Levelland, Lamesa, and Big Spring, TX

It’s important for your little one to check in with their pediatrician at South Plains Rural Health Services (SPRHS) regularly — even if your child never seems to get sick. With conveniently located offices in Levelland, Big Spring, and Lamesa, Texas, you have plenty of options to get your child the care they need close to home. Schedule your little one’s visit through the online booking system today or call the office.

Pediatrics Q & A

What happens during a pediatric exam?

Your little one’s pediatric exam is tailored to their needs and any concerns you may have as a parent. In general, pediatric exams include:

  • Height and weight evaluation
  • Blood pressure check
  • Vision screening
  • Hearing evaluation

Your pediatrician also spends time evaluating your child from head to toe, even checking their reflexes and lymph nodes. If needed, your pediatrician requests laboratory testing as well, to check for certain biomarkers or signs of infection in your child’s urine or blood.

Does my child need vaccinations?

Possibly. During your little one’s first two years of life, they get a series of vaccinations and immunizations, plus booster shots. If they’re behind with routine injections, your pediatrician at South Plains Rural Health Services can help your child get caught up. Generally, it’s recommended that children get the following vaccinations:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP)

Once your infant reaches six months of age, your pediatrician is likely going to recommend the flu shot, too. At around 12 months, they should be able to get the chickenpox vaccine.

Your pediatrician could recommend additional vaccinations once your child reaches their teen years. For instance, around the age of twelve, your preteen should get their first human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

If your child needs certain vaccines for school or sports, your practitioner can provide these during a pediatric exam.

How often does my child need to see their pediatrician?

Your child needs to see their pediatrician regularly, especially throughout their first couple years of life when they’re growing and developing at a rapid pace. Usually, your pediatrician at South Plains Rural Health Services likes to see your baby every 1-3 months until about age two.

As long as your child is developing healthfully and you don’t have any concerns, plan on bringing them into the clinic for routine preventive care and well-child exams every year. You can certainly schedule sick visits as needed between your child’s regular exams, too.

Book your child’s appointment at South Plains Rural Health Services with the online scheduling feature or call the clinic nearest you today.