Family Medicine & Pediatrics located in West New York, NJ
Pediatric specialists care for your child when they’re sick and continue to protect their health with routine well-child visits. At Mmereole Health, Paulina Mmereole, NP, has extensive experience diagnosing and treating health problems in children and teens. Paulina and her husband Robert Mmereole, MD, a board-certified family practitioner, are the parents of three young children, so they’re especially sensitive to children’s symptoms and the challenges parents face navigating the health care system. To schedule a pediatrics visit, call the office in West New York, New Jersey, or use the online booking feature.
Pediatrics Q & A
What services does pediatrics include?
As a pediatric nurse practitioner, Paulina Mmereole provides compassionate care for all pediatric health care needs, from your newborn’s first checkup through the age of 21. At 21 years, young adults can stay on at Mmereole Health, but instead of receiving pediatric care, they transition into the family practice.
These are a few of the pediatrics services available at Mmereole Health:
- Well-child visits
- Sick visits
- Developmental assessments
- School physicals
- Sports physicals
- Allergy testing
- Vision and hearing screenings
- Weight management
Paulina diagnoses and treats the full scope of illnesses and diseases affecting children and teens, ranging from everyday flu, colds, and sore throats, to asthma, sports injuries, diabetes, and other chronic conditions.
Why do children need preventive well-child visits?
During well-child visits, Paulina evaluates your child’s growth and development, checks their overall health, eating, and sleeping habits, and gives vaccinations as needed. Well-child visits are scheduled at specific intervals that keep up with their growth rate.
Newborns have their first two checkups at one and two weeks after they leave the hospital. Paulina measures their growth and weight, checks their development, and assesses vision and hearing.
After a newborn’s second visit, they have six more well-child checkups during their first year. Then you bring your toddler in at 15, 18, 24, and 30 months. Beginning at the age of three, children and teens should have yearly well-child visits.
What are developmental milestones?
Developmental screening is one of the most important parts of pediatrics and well-child visits. Paulina uses developmental milestones to quickly determine if your child’s language, cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development is on track.
Developmental milestones represent a specific group of skills that most children can do at a certain age range. Many parents tie developmental milestones to a specific age, but there’s a range of ages that represent normal development.
For example, it’s common to believe that most children walk around the age of one year, but only half of all children meet those criteria. Some begin walking as early as nine months, while others don’t walk until they’re 16 months. The range of 9-16 months is perfectly normal. All developmental milestones have a similar range.
For pediatrics care for your child or teen, call Mmereole Health, or schedule an appointment online.