It is important to choose a pediatric office before your baby is born. Call us to schedule a free “Meet the Doctor” visit to learn more about our practice and what to expect during your baby’s first year. So much excitement and anxiety are part of the lead up to the birthday. As exciting and scary as this day is this event accounts for only 1-2 days in the hospital and on day 3 the work of child-rearing begins and the primary function we play is being your partner in preventative healthcare for the next 20 years. We have assembled the team and resources you will need to navigate the waters of parenthood. At the present time, both hospitals have nurseries and deliver babies and we have large practices in both Lander and Riverton and cannot cover both nurseries. Around the country, hospitals are increasingly hiring physicians to care for newborns while in the hospital those first 1-2 days and the primary care office assumes care after discharge. Sometimes this might be the case if our Dr. Barnes is out of town, but generally he is available. After discharge, our providers are available days, nights and weekends to help you through the challenges of child rearing and the inevitable viral syndromes and ear aches that come and go. We even meet you at the office on weekends and hope to keep your child well and out of the hospital–everything we do focuses on this goal.
The providers at Fremont County Pediatrics believe that breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby, and we are dedicated to helping you and your new little one establish successful breastfeeding. Our providers can give you basic information on breastfeeding, as well as some helpful tips to get you started. Breast feeding offers many advantages to both the mother and the child, including protecting your child from common community illnesses to which the mother is already immune. Remember though that if you drink any alcohol, it does take about 3 hours to clear from your breast milk if you have a single beer, and about 1-2 days to clear if you have 3 drinks, so be healthy and smart for your babies sake. Also if you are taking any medications other than tylenol or motrin occasionally be sure to contact our office and our nurses or doctors can advise you on whether the medication comes through the breast milk and to the baby and if it is safe to continue while breast feeding.
Well Baby Visits
Regular well care and immunizations are key to keeping your baby healthy, monitoring development and preventing illness. Please call to schedule well child care visits at the ages shown below (* indicates routine immunizations). Appointments for well care may be made three to four months in advance, so appointments for your baby’s next well care can easily be made while you are in our office for a current visit.
We would like to see your new baby within 3 days of being discharged from the hospital for a “First Well Baby Visit”. Including this initial visit, we recommend the following well baby care schedule:
1st visit, 1 week, 1 month, 2 months*, 4 months*, 6 months*, 9 months, 12 months*, 15 months*, 18 months*, 2 years* then yearly.
We feel immunizations are the single most important thing you will do for your child’s health and the most important thing we do in improving public health. Immunizations have completely changed Pediatric medicine from one of serious life threatening illness and ICU admits and too often death from infections or dehydration–to our new role of preventative healthcare and very rare hospital admissions. In fact we estimate the chance of your child being hospitalized if immunized and cared for by our practitioners has been reduced substantially since 1996 when the Dr.’s Barnes took over the practice. This move in focus from the hospital to the outpatient setting has allowed us to expand our services to include some of those mentioned on this website–dietary interventions, Behavioral health services, Telemedicine, and others.
Car Seat Laws and Inspection Services
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants and toddlers ride in a Rear-Facing Car Safety Seat until they are 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat’s manufacturer. For more information on car seat safety, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics (aap.org) or healthychildren.org
We also offer an Infant CPR class the 2nd Thursday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. FREE of charge for expecting parents and for parents with infants (baby 0 – 11 months old). Contact Laurie Ellis at (307)331-4256 to sign up for a class.