At Logan Health Children’s Primary Care, a department of Logan Health Medical Center, we follow a team approach with families to provide quality health care for children of all ages in northwest Montana.
Logan Health Children’s Primary Care is proud to offer our families the expertise of four experienced pediatricians and a family nurse practitioner. Our support staff of competent and compassionate registered nurses and office personnel completes this package. We are honored to join together with you, parents and caregivers, to offer a team approach in the health care of your children.
We believe good communication is essential to make this team approach work, and we encourage you to share openly your feelings and concerns.
From the time your child is born all the way through the late teens, you want only the best health care to make sure your son or daughter enjoys life to the fullest. We provide focused, compassionate guidance for every stage of development – because we care.
Preventive health care is very important in keeping your child healthy and happy. Routine well-child visits are a good step in identifying health challenges before they become significant. We also strongly believe in the safety and effectiveness of childhood immunizations, and we believe these are some of the most important things you can do to protect your child’s health.
Well-child appointments are scheduled regularly according to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations. They begin at the age of 2 weeks and continue at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12, months, 15 months and 18 months, and continue yearly starting at age 2.
These important visits provide an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s growth and development. You also are given appropriate information pertaining to developmental milestones, safety, nutrition and immunizations. A complete physical examination is included.
Well-child visits at Logan Health Children’s Primary Care are more involved than sick-child visits and should be scheduled in advance. Since these appointments require parents to fill out screening questionnaires and include immunizations, we prefer that only parents bring the child for these appointments, unless prior arrangements are made.
Having a sick child can be very frightening for parents. If you feel your child needs to be seen, please call early in the day, if possible, so your child has an opportunity to be seen here at Logan Health Children’s Primary Care instead of an urgent care or the emergency room.
If you feel the problem is urgent, please let the front office staff know of your concerns.
Logan Health Children’s Primary Care provides the following links for educational purposes. By providing these links to other sites, Logan Health does not guarantee, approve, or endorse the information or products available on these sites. You should consult with your health care provider prior to making any decisions regarding their treatment.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Recommended Schedule of Immunization and Well Child Visits
- Tylenol/Motrin Dosing Chart
- Poison Prevention
- Compare the Risks
- Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Safe Kids Worldwide
- Baby Navigator
- Early Childhood Coalition of the Flathead Valley
- The Network – Postpartum Resource Group
- Parenting Montana
- Imagination Library
- Reach Out and Read Program
These documents contain information from Logan Health Children’s Primary Care that is important for you to know about your child’s health care. Please read them carefully and, if needed, print them to bring along on your office visit.
FAQ About Childhood Vaccines
How can parents sort out conflicting information about vaccines?
In a world where information is at your fingertips, parents are often faced with lots of “scientific” information, whether it’s from social media, tv, magazines, etc, and often, this information conflicts with information provided by our healthcare professionals. A lot of this information is not given by individuals who are specialized in immunology, epidemiology, microbiology and statistics that help detach good studies from the bad ones. Committees of these experts are composed of scientists, clinicians and other caregivers who are as passionately devoted to our children’s health as they are to their own children’s health. They serve the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov/vaccines), the American Academy of Pediatrics (aap.org), the American Academy of Family Physicians (aafp.org), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (acog.org), and the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (nfid.org), among other groups. These organizations provide excellent information to parents and healthcare professionals through their websites. Their task is to determine whether scientific studies are carefully performed, published in reputable journals and, most importantly, reproducible. Information that fails to meet these standards is viewed as unreliable.
When it comes to issues of vaccine safety, these groups have served us well. They were the first to figure out that intestinal blockage was a rare consequence of the first rotavirus vaccine, and the vaccine was quickly discontinued. And, they recommended a change from the oral polio vaccine, which was a rare cause of paralysis, to the polio shot when it was clear that the risks of the oral polio vaccine outweighed its benefits. These groups have also investigated possible relationships between vaccines and asthma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, SIDS and autism. No studies have reliably established a causal link between vaccines and these diseases — if they did, the questioned vaccines would be withdrawn from use.
Are vaccines still necessary?
Although several of the diseases that vaccines prevent have been dramatically reduced or eliminated, vaccines are still necessary:
- To prevent common infections. Some diseases are so common that a choice not to get a vaccine is a choice to get infected. For example, choosing not to get the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is a choice to risk a serious and occasionally fatal infection.
- To prevent infections that could easily re-emerge. Some diseases can easily re-emerge with relatively small decreases in immunization rates (for example, measles, mumps and Haemophilus influenzae type b, or Hib). We have seen this with measles and mumps. Unvaccinated children are more likely to be infected.
- To prevent infections that are common in other parts of the world. Although some diseases have been completely eliminated (polio) or virtually eliminated (diphtheria) from this country, they still occur commonly in other parts of the world. Children are still paralyzed by polio and sickened by diphtheria in other areas of the world. Because there is a high rate of international travel, outbreaks of these diseases are only a plane ride away.
Are vaccines safe?
Yes. All vaccines are fully tested before being approved for use by the FDA. Vaccines contain a dead or weakened form of the disease-causing virus or bacteria. These cause the body to make antibodies and other beneficial responses that protect the child from that disease.
Meet Our Team
Logan Health Children’s Primary Care
1273 Burns Way
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 752-8300
Fax: (406) 752-3542
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
24-hr On-Call Advice
We encourage you to call, especially with newborns (less than 3 months old), children with special needs, and children with underlying medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, asthma, seizure disorder, etc.)
(406) 752-8300 | 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
- Do not hesitate to call if your child is sick and you’re not sure the problem can wait until office hours. However, if this is a true emergency, call 911 first!
- For accidental ingestion of medication or poisoning, call Poison Control immediately 1-800-222-1222. They are always available and have experts to deal with this problem.
- We answer calls promptly and usually within 20 minutes.
- Please be sure your phone can accept blocked calls if trying to get ahold of us. After two attempts, we will not continue in our efforts to contact you and you may re-page us if help is still needed.
- If your child is crying, please place him or her in a safe place away from the phone so we can hear what you have to say.
- We do not diagnose or treat conditions over the phone. We believe this style of practice is unsafe and can lead to medical errors. We will give the best advice possible by phone, but phone calls can never substitute an in-person visit. As a general rule, we do not prescribe antibiotics over the phone.
- Medication refills should occur during office hours. If the lack of a medicine compromises your child’s health, you should call, but please remember to call ahead next time. For routine refills, please call your pharmacy and they will fax a request to our office.
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