Pediatrics Specialist

Family Medical Clinic

Family Practice & Medical Clinics located in Soldotna, AK

Children have unique health needs that require specialized care. At Family Medical Clinic in Soldotna, Alaska, the medical team offers a number of pediatric care services to ensure your children are in optimum health. The facility is well-equipped to provide common pediatric services, like sports physicals, immunizations, and flu shots. The medical team also provides diagnosis and treatment for minor injuries, like sprains and strains. To book an appointment for your child, use the online booking feature or call Family Medical Clinic.

Pediatrics Q & A

What immunizations does my child need?

Your child receives several immunizations starting at birth and throughout their school years. Immunizations schedules ensure your child is well-protected from serious diseases like:

  • Polio
  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Tetanus
  • Hepatitis B
  • Pertussis
  • Diphtheria

Children over 6 months old can also receive the flu shot annually.

Your Family Medical Clinic provider can determine the right schedule for your child’s immunizations based on their age and specific health history. Vaccines to protect children from human papillomavirus (HPV) are also available for children 11-12 years old. This treatment protects children from some types of cancer and genital warts, a symptom of HPV.

Why does my child need a sports physical?

If your child is registering to participate in sports programs, they likely need a sports physical before they can play. This examination ensures your child Is physically fit enough to play sports safely.

During a sports physical, your provider asks you questions about your child’s health history, including previous bone breaks or fractures, past surgeries, serious illnesses, and family history.

Following the discussion, your provider performs a physical exam that includes:

  • Vision testing
  • Blood pressure and pulse screening
  • Flexibility
  • Reflexes

Additionally, the provider checks the functionality of your child’s heart and lungs and assesses the health of their nose, ears, and throat for indications of abnormalities or issues that could interfere with sports participation.

Your provider may also discuss issues like drug, alcohol, tobacco, and steroid use, and other topics, based on your child’s age.

Bring along any forms your provider needs to fill out to verify the completion of a successful sports physical.

Can I bring my child in for emergency appointments?

If your child has injuries from a fall or other accident or feels unwell due to a cold or the flu, the practice can diagnose and treat minor injuries in an emergency, so you don’t have to wait for an appointment.

However, in the event of a life-threatening situation, such as seizures or loss of consciousness, it’s important to call 911 or take your child to the nearest emergency room.

To schedule immunizations or a sports physical, use the online booking feature or call the office.