Florence Family Medicine
Ryan Williams, DO
Family Medicine Physician located in Florence, SC
Children encounter numerous medical professionals throughout their lives to diagnose illnesses and ensure their overall health. Those medical professionals are also there to answer your questions. Dr. Ryan Williams and the staff at Florence Family Medicine in Florence, South Carolina enable you to keep most of your child’s appointments in one place, even if it’s an urgent matter. Call, stop by, or make an appointment online to have your child become a patient today.
Pediatrics Q & A
What is pediatrics?
Pediatrics is a medical branch that specializes in the physical, emotional, and social health of children.
Pediatric care encompasses numerous health services: from preventive health care to the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses from birth to young adulthood.
Dr. Williams considers the variety of factors that affect the growth and development of your child and understands that children are not just small adults.
Children grow and change quickly, and your child’s current stage of both physical and mental development need to be taken into account during treatment.
Why see a doctor trained to see children?
Choosing Dr. Williams as your child’s doctor means your child can stay with the same doctor for his or her entire life. Traditional pediatricians only see children, requiring a switch around the age of 18.
How often do children need to go to the doctor?
As a newborn, your child needs to go to the doctor quite frequently. In fact, during the first year of life, your baby requires up to six wellness visits.
Dr. Williams needs to see your baby three to five days after birth, again at one month, two months, four months, six months, nine months, and 12 months. During these visits, your child is weighed, has their development assessed, and receives required vaccinations.
Once your child reaches a year of age, the frequency of wellness visits drops off significantly, and Dr. Williams sees them at 15 months and 18 months. When your child turns two, wellness visits become annual.
What happens when your child sees a doctor?
At all visits, whether well or sick, Dr. Williams checks your child’s height, weight, and growth. Additionally, Dr. Williams performs a complete physical exam and tests your child’s vision and hearing, and also administers vaccinations and ensures your child’s heart and lungs are healthy.
Besides wellness visits, Dr. Williams is available whenever your child is sick or hurt and needs medical attention, as he’s a skilled diagnostician who can prescribe what your child needs. Florence Family Medicine can also provide your child urgent care if needed.
Call, stop by, or make an appointment online today at Florence Family Medicine in Florence, South Carolina.