Back to school sports physicals at Rockford Pediatrics

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At Rockford Pediatrics, we feel that sports are a great way for kids/teens to stay active, fit and involved.  Schools now require a pre-participation physical (a.k.a. sports physical) to be completed prior to being allowed to play.

Why is a sports physical important?

This is a key opportunity to identify risk factors for life-threatening heart conditions and arrhythmias.  It is also a chance the ensure that your child is fit enough for the physical activity that their sport will require.

What are the benefits of going to your pediatrician for your sports physical vs. an urgent care/sports physical clinic?

At Rockford Pediatrics, you have continuity of care and access to your prior medical records and past medical history.  We have the ability to address other medical issues such as asthma, allergies, mental health concerns, female health issues, etc.  Immunizations, which are sometimes required for school, can be reviewed and given if necessary.  If further testing is needed, this can also be ordered and possibly scheduled or performed right in the office.  Also, with the Affordable Care Act, annual physicals should be covered by your insurance company without any cost to you.

What is done at a sports physical?

Your child will have their vitals taken – including height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, heart rate, a hearing screen and a vision screen.  Their growth curves will be reviewed.  A medical history, both personal and family, will be taken.  A complete physical exam will be performed, focusing specifically on the heart, lungs and joints.  Finally, we will provide anticipatory guidance that will benefit their health, both on and off the field.  This can include information on preventing over-use injuries and concussions.

Are there any further tests that are needed?

If there are any red flags in the personal or family history, or any abnormalities found on exam, there could be other tests that are needed.  These tests could include an EKG or an echocardiogram to look at your child’s heart, CBC to look for anemia or spirometry for asthma. 

What needs to be done before a sports physical is performed?

For new patients, having records transferred over (especially if your child has any chronic medical issues) and having a copy of your child’s immunization record is important.  Also, having the MHSAA physical form questionnaire filled out before your visit is essential. We want to make sure that your child does not have a history of heart or lung disease and that there is no family history of heart disease or sudden death before the age of 50.

If your child is in need of a sports physical, call our office today at 616-259-6100.  We can get them in before the start of school!

Sources: Healthychildren.org and pedsinreview.org - the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics

FOX-17 Visits Rockford pediatrics

Rockford Pediatrics Kim Alt FOX-17

Erica Francis, health reporter with FOX-17, stopped by our office to talk with Dr. Alt about what new parents should know before their first visit to the pediatrician

We discussed Rockford Pediatric's philosophy and met with a new family who was in for a visit with Dr. Alt.

Check out the interview on FOX-17!

If you are looking for a pediatrician in the Rockford, MI area, give our office a call at 616-259-6100 to make an appointment for your little one!   

Dr. Kim Alt and Dr. Trew Stransky Open Rockford Pediatrics in the heart of Rockford

Doctors Kim Alt, M.D. and Trew Stransky, D.O. are pleased to announce the opening of their new office on 120 Marcell Dr. NE, Suite C in Rockford. The practice is scheduled to open July 5, 2017 and is appropriately titled Rockford Pediatrics.
 
Dr. Alt and Dr. Stransky are excited about their new building remodel that is nearing completion. They have created a facility that is warm and inviting to children and their families. The goal of Rockford Pediatrics was to create high-quality, local pediatric medical care in a small town, patient centered atmosphere.
 
“We are very excited to become part of the Rockford community,” said Dr. Alt. “Rockford Pediatrics is committed to offer efficient care and immediate availability to our patients.”
 
Dr. Alt earned her undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Michigan State University and then attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Alt completed her residency at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She has been in practice for four years in West Michigan.
 
Dr. Stransky attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate obtaining a degree in biology and then attended the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Dr. Stransky obtained his residency training at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. He has been in practice for 13 years and back in West Michigan for the last 4 years.
 
“We have really enjoyed building Rockford Pediatrics from the ground up,” said Dr. Stransky. “We believe families are going to love our personalized care, our morning walk-in clinic and our efficient use of technology, just to name a few things.”
 
Dr. Alt and Dr. Stransky are planning on being a part of the upcoming Start of Summer Parade on June 10th.  Rockford Pediatrics has also scheduled a community open house for July 13th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, so please stop by to welcome the new doctors to Rockford. 
 
Rockford Pediatrics, located at 120 Marcell Dr. NE, Suite C, is now accepting new patients. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rockford Pediatrics offers same day appointments and a walk-in clinic from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Rockford Pediatrics at 616-259-6100 or visit www.RockfordPediatrics.com

What to expect at baby's first doctor appointment 

Baby's first checkup

You visited the doctor so often when you were pregnant that you were on a first-name basis with the staff, but now it's your baby's turn to get acquainted with Dr. Stransky and Dr. Alt! The lineup of well-baby check-ups during the first year includes at least 7 visits to your pediatrician: usually 3 to 5 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months.

Frequent appointments are the best way to get expert answers to your questions and to make sure your child is on track both physically and developmentally.  And remember, at Rockford Pediatrics we are available 24/7 and will always treat your children as if they were our own.  

At your baby's first appointment, we will check on many things including: feeding, weight, jaundice, sleep, stools plus complete a full head-to-toe physical exam. 

A few pointers for your first visit: 

What and Who to Bring
We encourage both parents to come to the first visit. The first appointment is a great way to meet our staff and get all your questions answered. It is helpful for parents to bring any discharge information they received from the hospital. Also, we encourage families to visit our website and print off the new patient forms ahead of the visit. This will save you time in the office.

Insurance
You should contact your insurance company after the birth of your child to make sure that he or she is added to your policy. We would like families to bring an active insurance card to their first visit or as soon as they receive it.

Shots & Vaccines
We follow the AAP guidelines for immunization administration closely. The first set of shots starts at the two month appointment. So don't worry if you have any questions as you will have several visits before the two month check to have them answered. We are a pro-vaccine office.  In order to maintain the safest environment for our families, we require patients to obtain a basic level of immunizations.

Feeding
Whether you are breast or bottle feeding, we will ensure that your baby is gaining weight appropriately. We schedule weight checks as necessary so parents will feel comfortable that their child is growing normally. We work closely with the lactation consultants in the hospitals to ensure that mothers have the resources they need, even after leaving the hospital.

Digestive Patterns
Baby's bowel movements vary in terms of color and consistency. We know how excited you are to discuss this issue in detail!

Sleeping Patterns
It is not uncommon for newborns to sleep 18 hours a day at first. Most of our growth is done in our sleep. Babies typically double their birth weight by five months of life!  Even though babies sleep a lot, it may feel like you aren't getting much sleep. Don't worry! It will get better and we will try to help you get them on a good schedule.

If you're interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Alt or Dr. Stransky, give the office a call at 616-259-6100. 

Get to know our families Part 2...

Our Girls

 

This is Dr. Alt's youngest child, Charlotte. She is a happy 4 month old. She loves to watch her brother and bull dog, Phil run around the house. She can't wait until she can keep up with them!

This is Dr. Alt's youngest child, Charlotte. She is a happy 4 month old. She loves to watch her brother and bull dog, Phil run around the house. She can't wait until she can keep up with them!

Dr. Stransky's middle child, Leah, is a 13 year old who attends Chandler Woods Charter Academy in Belmont. She plays basketball and soccer for the middle school. She is also learning to play the clarinet.

Dr. Stransky's middle child, Leah, is a 13 year old who attends Chandler Woods Charter Academy in Belmont. She plays basketball and soccer for the middle school. She is also learning to play the clarinet.