Pediatric Care Specialist

Joshua Medical Group

Family Medicine Practice & Medical Aesthetics Practice located in Palmdale, CA

Pediatric care is vital for proper growth and development in children of all ages. Dr. Gonzalo Martinez is a family medicine and medical aesthetics specialist who helps prevent, diagnose, and treat health issues specific to children. Call his office at Joshua Medical Group in Palmdale, California to learn more or book an appointment online.

Pediatric Care Q & A

What is pediatric care?

Pediatric care is medical care for babies, children, and teens that addresses their unique needs. Pediatrics care includes annual well-child checks to screen for problems in growth and development, treat health conditions, and offer immunizations for disease prevention.

How often does my child need a well-child checkup?

Dr. Martinez determines how often your child needs a well-child checkup based on their unique needs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children come in for wellness checks at the following times to ensure proper growth and development:

  • 2-5 days old
  • One, two, four, six, and nine months of age
  • 12, 15, and 18 months of age
  • Two and 2 and 1/2 years of age
  • Annually from age 3-21 years old

If your child needs a sports or school physical, this examination can be done during well-child visits.

What can my child expect during a well-child check or sports physical?

During a well-child check, sports physical, or school physical, Dr. Martinez reviews your child’s medical history and completes a head-to-toe physical examination. He’ll check your child’s:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Head circumference in infants and young children
  • Reflexes
  • Breathing
  • Signs of an illness, injury, or disease
  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Cognitive and physical development
  • Social and emotional development

Dr. Martinez prescribes medications as needed for health conditions and reviews your child’s immunization options.

Does my child need immunizations?

Immunizations help prevent severe health problems, as in the case of the HPV vaccine, which reduces cervical cancer risks. Dr. Martinez reviews your child’s recommended immunization schedule with you so that you can decide which immunizations (if any) are best.

Common childhood vaccines include chicken pox, flu, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, meningococcal, DTaP, Hib, MMR, pneumococcal, polio, rotavirus, Tdap, and tetanus vaccines. Some parents choose to space out vaccines farther apart than what’s commonly recommended.

When you’re ready for your child’s next wellness visit, school physical, or sports physical, call Joshua Medical group to book an appointment or schedule one online with Dr. Martinez.