Pediatric Care Specialist

Pediatric Care Specialist

Pediatric Care services offered in La Cañada Flintridge, CA

Pediatric care is an essential part of a happy and healthy childhood and a need that parents should never overlook. Dr. Compton enjoys helping families in and around at his self-named practice, Richard Compton, DO, La Cañada Flintridge, California, achieve and sustain great health for their little ones. Booking a visit takes just a few moments online or by phone, so don’t delay.  

Pediatric Care Q&A

Why is pediatric care so important?

Pediatric care is an essential part of preventive health, and every child should work with a highly skilled practitioner from an early age. Newborn care visits begin immediately after birth, and well-child visits continue throughout childhood and adolescence. 

Preventive health allows a skilled physician to track your child’s development. This is an excellent way to detect developmental issues as early as possible, when interventions can yield the best possible results. 

Building a trusting bond with a pediatric practitioner helps your child feel comfortable with health services. This can make it far easier to come in for acute care needs when an unexpected illness or injury arises. 

Perhaps the best reason to bring children in for pediatric care is to normalize the process of working with health professionals. This can set your child up for a lifetime of great health and wellness. 

What happens during pediatric care visits?

The initial part of the visit focuses on collecting information about your child’s vital signs and basic health information. Expect a check of height and weight. Some of the additional areas of focus might include:

  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Breathing function
  • Skin condition
  • Reflexes
  • Basic vision and hearing

All of the information gathered during your child’s exam is added to their personal medical record. Over time, this becomes a valuable resource that can detect changes and guide their health and wellness care. 

With young children, most of the visit involves communication between you, the parent, and Dr. Compton. As your child grows older and becomes more mature, Dr. Compton begins to involve them more, teaching them how to take an active role in shaping their own health journey. 

What can be treated during pediatric sick visits?

When your child is injured or ill, Dr. Compton is here to help. Some of the issues he treats during sick visits include:

  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or congested nose
  • Minor lacerations and abrasions
  • Allergic reactions
  • Sprains and strains

If your child is not feeling well, call the office to determine your next steps. Same-day visits are often available, and online booking is also an option for less urgent care needs. Telehealth visits are a good fit for some pediatric care needs.