Six Month Well Check


 

Pediatric Associates of Austin, P.A.

MY SIX MONTH VISIT

What I can do now

  • Smile, laugh, and squeal.
  • Hold my head steady when I am held and when I am sitting.
  • Open my hands, grasp at clothes and rattles, and transfer objects from hand to hand.
  • When lying on my stomach, I can hold up my head and raise my body on my hands.
  • I will reach for or hit at objects.
  • I will watch a mobile or interesting object around me.
  • I know my parents’ voices and touch. I may be afraid of strangers.
  • I smile back when you smile and play with me.
  • I may turn and look at you if you call my name.

Help me learn what to eat

  • Continue to give me breast milk or formula for my first year.
  • I can also start eating solid foods now! An iron-fortified single grain cereal such as rice is best to start. Please add only one new baby food a week to be sure that I do not have any allergies.
  • After cereals, add fruits and vegetables, then meat. Always stay with me when I eat.
  • Avoid giving me honey, nut butter, strawberries, chocolate, or eggs until I am at least a year old.
  • Hold me and cuddle me while I drink my bottle. I like the interaction. Propping my bottle can cause me to have tooth decay, sleep problems, and more ear infections.

Play with me

  • Hold me, cuddle me, rock me, talk to me, and sing to me. I love it!
  • Play pat-a-cake, peek-a-boo, and so-big with me. I like playing these games now.
  • Encourage me to talk by talking to me during dressing, bathing, feeding, playing, walking, and while driving.
  • Read to me. I like to hear you read. I like music. Play music for me.
  • I like to smile back at you when you smile at me.
  • Encourage me to play with toys for babies my age that you make or buy. I like bright colored objects or toys.
  • Talk to my doctor about my babysitters and other caretakers.

Protect my teeth

  • I may be getting my first teeth now. This may cause me to drool a lot, to have swollen gums, looser stools, and fussiness.
  • You may want to use a cloth or soft infant toothbrush to clean my new teeth and gums.
  • Please do not prop a bottle in my mouth or put me to bed with a bottle since this will slowly ruin my teeth.
  • I like to chew on teething rings. They may make my gums feel better.

Concerns for Mom and Dad

Sleeping

  • I may not sleep for as many hours at night as I used to. Help me learn to go to sleep by myself by putting me to bed awake and having a bedtime routine.
  • A small stuffed animal, favorite toy, or pacifier may calm me at bedtime soon.

Keep me safe

  • Always keep me buckled in my approved, rear-facing infant car seat. The middle rear seat is the safest place for me.
  • Never tie strings or pacifiers around my neck. These could choke me.
  • Never shake me.
  • Keep putting me to bed on my back.
  • Be sure there are smoke detectors with good batteries where I live and sleep.
  • Please do not let anyone smoke or drink hot liquids while holding me. I may grab them and injure myself.
  • Please do not leave me alone on a bed or sofa or with young children or pets. I might get hurt!
  • Please use safety locks on cabinets and covers for electrical sockets, and lock up all medicines, paints, cleaning agents, health and beauty aids, and other poisons.
  • I can pick up small things now, so please keep toys with small parts or other small or sharp objects out of my reach. Do not give me balloons, plastic bags, or other things that might get sucked into my throat and choke me.
  • Please continue to keep anyone from smoking in my home or car. Smoke is bad for babies (and adults)!
  • Do not leave me alone in a tub of water. Take me with you if the phone or doorbell rings.
  • Walkers are dangerous and keep me from exploring with my hands. They will not help me learn to walk. Please do not put me in them.
  • Sunscreen may be used on small areas of the body if adequate clothing and shade are not available. When choosing sunscreen look for one that screens both UVB and UVA rays. The skin protection factor (SPF) should be at least 15. Check a small area for an allergic reaction before continuing.

Illnesses

  • On average babies have 8 to 10 illnesses during their first year. I will probably have some illnesses in the next few months.
  • I may show that I am ill by having a fever, nasal congestion, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, or a skin rash. I may not want to eat, or may act irritable or sluggish.
  • You can help by having a digital thermometer (no mercury please) and by knowing how to take both an axillary and rectal temperature. The clinic nurse will help you decide when to have me seen by my doctor. It will be helpful to have acetaminophen infant drops to reduce fever and an electrolyte solution at home. Writing down what is wrong with me, my temperature, and any questions you have before calling the clinic will help to get all your questions answered.
  • Always keep the name of my doctor available for those who take care of me. The emergency number 9-1-1 and the poison control number (1-800-POISON-1) should be kept by the phone.
  • Ask my doctor or nurse about books that might be useful if you do not have one. You may also want to ask about parenting classes if you are interested in more information.

Family relationships

  • My brothers and sisters may be jealous of me. Have them do simple things to help with my care. They should also spend some special time with mom and dad to read, cuddle, or play. Help them to talk about their feelings about me.
  • Be sure to take some time for yourselves and one another.

Before my nine month visit, I will

  • Be able to pull to stand and cruise holding onto furniture.
  • May start to use a cup.
  • Make long strings of sounds like "ma-ma-ma" and "da-da-da" and may also wave "bye-bye."

Pediatric Associates of Austin

Pediatricians located in Austin, TX

Situated between Tarrytown and Rosedale neighborhoods, Pediatric Associates of Austin is conveniently located in the heart of Austin, Texas. Since the practice first opened in 1974, the doctors and nurses here have treated many of the city’s children. Some of their former patients have even brought their own children to the practice, creating a family legacy at Pediatric Associates of Austin.

Board-Certified Pediatricians

All of the doctors at Pediatric Associates of Austin are board-certified pediatricians. Many of them are also fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Between all of the doctors, the team has a diverse array of specialties and experiences that help them provide excellent, comprehensive pediatric care.

The full list of doctors at the practice include:

  • Dr. Stephen Griggs
  • Dr. Samuel Mirrop
  • Dr. Lance Hargrave
  • Dr. Ashley Gonzalez
  • Dr. Brandi Loomis
  • Dr. Jessica Mowry
  • Dr. Katie Sanford

 

Highly Trained Nurse Practitioners

In addition to these doctors, the practice also has a highly qualified nurse practitioner, Emily Woodard. Emily is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Emily Woodard earned her  Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification through The University of Texas at Austin. She also sees patients at Pediatric Associates of Austin, SportsSafe Concussion. Brain. Body., and at the evening clinic, After Hours  Kids.

SportsSafe and After Hours Kids

Many of the providers at Pediatric Associates of Austin also provide care through SportsSafe: Concussion. Brain. Body. and After Hours Kids, which are both located in the same building.

SportsSafe: Concussion. Brain. Body. Provides baseline testing, concussion evaluations, and concussion education for student-athletes. After Hours Kids provides medical care for children during evenings and on weekends.

In addition to these extension programs, Pediatric Associates of Austin also has an on-site lab. This lets them expedite blood work when needed.

Care for Children of All Ages

We provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through college. At Pediatric Associates of Austin, we offer personal, comprehensive service including on-site laboratory and digital imaging. All of our nurses are Registered Nurses who have a vast knowledge of pediatric medicine. Our physicians are all Board-Certified Pediatricians.

We provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through college. At Pediatric Associates of Austin, we offer personable, comprehensive services including on-site laboratory and digital imaging. All of our nurses are Registered Nurses who have a vast knowledge of pediatric medicine. Our physicians are all Board-Certified Pediatricians.

Pediatric Associates of Austin exists to provide parents and children with excellent medical care and parenting education. We strive to be advocates for children to ensure each child’s value and to help families be successful in raising confident, capable members of our society.

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Pediatric Associates of Austin

Situated between Tarrytown and Rosedale neighborhoods, Pediatric Associates of Austin is conveniently located in the heart of Austin, Texas. Since the practice first opened in 1974, the doctors and nurses here have treated many of the city’s children. Some of their former patients have even brought their own children to the practice, creating a family legacy at Pediatric Associates of Austin.

Board-Certified Pediatricians

All of the doctors at Pediatric Associates of Austin are board-certified pediatricians. Many of them are also fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Between all of the doctors, the team has a diverse array of specialties and experiences that help them provide excellent, comprehensive pediatric care.

The full list of doctors at the practice include:

 

Highly Trained Nurse Practitioners

In addition to these doctors, the practice also has a highly qualified nurse practitioner, Emily Woodard. Emily is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Emily Woodard earned her  Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certification through The University of Texas at Austin. She also sees patients at Pediatric Associates of Austin, SportsSafe Concussion. Brain. Body., and at the evening clinic, After Hours  Kids.

SportsSafe and After Hours Kids

Many of the providers at Pediatric Associates of Austin also provide care through SportsSafe: Concussion. Brain. Body. and After Hours Kids, which are both located in the same building.

SportsSafe: Concussion. Brain. Body. Provides baseline testing, concussion evaluations, and concussion education for student-athletes. After Hours Kids provides medical care for children during evenings and on weekends.

In addition to these extension programs, Pediatric Associates of Austin also has an on-site lab. This lets them expedite blood work when needed.

Care for Children of All Ages

We provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through college. At Pediatric Associates of Austin, we offer personal, comprehensive service including on-site laboratory and digital imaging. All of our nurses are Registered Nurses who have a vast knowledge of pediatric medicine. Our physicians are all Board-Certified Pediatricians.

We provide exceptional medical care for children from birth through college. At Pediatric Associates of Austin, we offer personable, comprehensive services including on-site laboratory and digital imaging. All of our nurses are Registered Nurses who have a vast knowledge of pediatric medicine. Our physicians are all Board-Certified Pediatricians.

Pediatric Associates of Austin exists to provide parents and children with excellent medical care and parenting education. We strive to be advocates for children to ensure each child’s value and to help families be successful in raising confident, capable members of our society.


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After Hours Care

AFTER HOURS KIDS is a pediatric care clinic staffed by Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as an after hours extension to Pediatric Associates of Austin. It is common for problems to present themselves after regular hours for children 18 years and younger. We have an on-site lab available, and we are open to the general public.

AFTER HOURS KIDS is not a Primary Care Provider and does not accept patients for on-going primary care.

Ear Piercing available at After Hours Kids

Since a newborn’s ears are not fully developed and they typically have not received their first two tetanus vaccines, ear piercing in children under 4 months is not recommended. We advise piercings to be done between 4 to 6 months or after 12 years of age. However, some exceptions can be made. Click here for more information.

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    "After Hours Kids was there for us! I'm so grateful to have found them!"

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    "I love Dr. Hargrave. He is always incredibly detailed and we are grateful for his approach to ensure parents' concerns are taken into account with care of his patients."

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    "I love that there are so many different hours available as well as the ability to see a Dr. on the weekend. "

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    "Dr. González is always incredibly empathic and informative. As first time parents my husband and I have been grateful for her guidance."

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    "We are new patients and feel extremely cared for by the staff here. Our newborn son has received personalized care and attention by doctors, nurses and other staff."

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    "We love Dr. Sanford and appreciate the time and detailed attention she devotes to our son. She is warm, friendly and extremely patient!"

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