Primary Care for Children

Primary Care for Children

For all your child’s healthcare needs – from well-baby/well-child checkups and care for a cold or a minor injury to continual support for chronic conditions or disability – you and your child and everyone in your family can benefit from developing a long-term relationship with a primary care provider (PCP) as your main connection to healthcare services.

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Expert Children's Primary Care Close to Home

Find the pediatrician or primary care doctor that best fits the needs of your child and family at one of the many Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health locations for general and community pediatrics in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Choose from a full range of the most innovative and comprehensive pediatric services and follow-up care at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital for children through age 13, including diagnostic tests, health education and counseling.

In addition to making referrals for advanced or specialty care within our network of nationally recognized pediatric specialists, your OU Health primary care doctor also participates in multiple scientific research programs and clinical trials with our academic partners at the University of Oklahoma that give you and your child access to the latest options for exceptional pediatric care and treatment.

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Treatment for All Childhood Conditions

Like you, your child can experience a wide range of possible health problems and will benefit from a long-term relationship with a primary care doctor. When you choose Oklahoma Children’s Hospital to help meet your family’s healthcare needs, your child’s pediatrician diagnoses and treats a variety of common childhood ailments, medical conditions and illnesses, including:

  • Asthma and allergies
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and behavioral health concerns
  • Growth problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Pediatric (juvenile, Type 1) diabetes
  • Short-term (acute) conditions such as a cold, flu or minor injury
  • Skin disorders such as eczema and acne
  • Weight-related issues and obesity

Children's Primary Care Services

When you and your child team up with the pediatric specialists at OU Health, you get expert guidance for your child’s physical, mental and social health and well-being through a full spectrum of services such as:

  • Behavioral assessment for concerns about attention, learning and development
  • Cardiac stress testing, EKG
  • Care for children with special needs
  • Chronic disease management
  • Diagnostic tests and procedures
  • Family counseling
  • Health risk assessments
  • Healthy weight management through the Early Lifestyle Intervention program
  • Imaging, radiology, ultrasound and laboratory services
  • Immunizations
  • Medication counseling
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Newborn, well-baby and well-child checkups
  • Physical and rehabilitative medicine
  • Preventive health screenings
  • Screening and treatment for child abuse or neglect

Special Children's Primary Care Services in Tulsa

Throughout your child’s early life, from birth through adolescence, your OU Health primary care doctor works with you and your family and your community to promote a healthy family and a healthy life. Take advantage of special programs in Tulsa to help yourself and your child get a strong start in life:

  • HealthySteps Tulsa – Promotes nurturing parenting and healthy early childhood development for babies and toddlers, especially those in low-income communities, through innovative, evidence-based pediatric primary care to support your child’s most important period of brain development
  • Fostering Hope of Tulsa – Assures continuity in health screenings, diagnoses and treatment by providing a trauma-informed “medical home” for children living in an out-of-home placement or with their biological family

Primary Care, Urgent Care or Emergency Care?

Here’s how to decide which type of care your child needs:

  • Primary care – Regular check-ups and well-child visits to maintain your child’s health from infancy through adolescence; prompt attention for a wide range of children’s health conditions, including fever over 100.4 degrees F, rash, vomiting or diarrhea that lasts more than a few hours, severe sore throat or trouble swallowing, blood in urine or stool, ear discharge or ear pain with fever, limping or inability to move an arm or leg, cough that doesn’t improve within days, inability to sleep or drink
  • Urgent care – Prompt care for typical childhood health conditions or minor injuries when you can’t reach your primary care doctor or pediatrician after hours; includes symptoms of colds and flu, minor or non-life-threatening allergic reactions, asthma therapy, poison ivy, insect bites and stings, sprains or broken bones, muscle strains, minor cuts or burns
  • Emergency careCall 911 right away for immediate care of severe injury or illness with signs such as uncontrolled bleeding, seizure, trouble breathing or unconsciousness

Your Children's Primary Care Team

As part of Oklahom Children’s Hospital’s integrated approach to children’s well-being, you’ll work with your primary care provider and a team of pediatric-trained healthcare specialists who focus on you and your family and your specific needs.

Your OU Health primary care providers may include board-certified family medicine physicians, pediatricians, general and community medicine physicians, physician assistants, family nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals who deliver extraordinary care.

Backed by more than 300 physicians in diverse specialties ranging from adolescent medicine and women’s health to neurology, sports medicine, surgery and more, your OU Health pediatric primary care team provides the expertise and coordinated plans you need to keep your family healthy and well.

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