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Pediatrics is the medical care of infants, children and adolescents. Pediatricians are specially trained to treat diseases, behavioral problems and mental health issues as they relate to children. Pediatric care includes well check-ups, vaccinations and much more.

Pediatric health specialists in Wichita

The skilled pediatricians and specialty care providers within the Wesley Care Physicians medical group are dedicated to improving the lives of children through compassion and quality care.

We are experienced in treating children and teens with common or complex conditions by combining the latest technology and evidence-based care with a loving, child-friendly approach to improve our patients' lives.

We offer all types of healthcare for newborns, infants, children, adolescents and teenagers. We also encourage our parents and patients to take an active role in their health.

If you are pregnant, our providers can come to visit your baby in the hospital just after birth to ensure they are meeting appropriate milestones. We are available to manage your newborn's visits and any health concerns you may have.

We also provide a robust residency program to train physicians by offering comprehensive pediatric care to the Wichita community.

Conditions we treat

Our pediatric physicians treat children to teens for a range of health conditions including:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Behavioral and social concerns
  • Colds
  • Concussions
  • Ear infections
  • Flu
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Pediatric services we offer

Our advanced pediatric specialists deliver the following services:

  • Developmental assessment
  • Genetic testing
  • Immunizations
  • Newborn exam
  • Nutrition
  • School physicals
  • Sports physicals
  • Well-child visits

Pediatric specialty care

If your child needs a greater level of care, our pediatricians can connect you to a pediatric specialist within the Wesley Care Physicians group. From treatment for complex heart conditions to advanced cancer therapies, our pediatricians and specialists work together to ensure your child receives the most comprehensive care possible.

Pediatric cardiology

From the moment of conception throughout childhood, our specialists in pediatric cardiology deliver compassionate care. Not only does your family have access to board-certified physicians, but our multidisciplinary team is equipped to treat a wide range of pediatric heart conditions.

Pediatric development

Part of our multi-specialty practice includes services to treat developmental conditions in children. Common conditions we specialize in include ADHA, autism and developmental delay.

Primary care providers typically provide referrals to patients for our pediatric development clinic. Following a referral, you will receive a development packet (including the release of information) to complete. Once complete and returned to our office, our team will schedule the appointment. The average length of development visits are around 30 to 90 minutes.

Pediatric hematology and oncology

Our pediatric cancer center provides hope and treatment for children with blood disorders and cancers. Our team of hematologists and oncologists supports both patients and their families during this emotional process. Whether your child and family need cancer survivorship guidance, stress management or other support, we are here for you.

Pediatric infectious disease

Our pediatric board-certified physicians offer assessments and care plans for our patients with infectious diseases. Our team can administer treatment for congenital (present at birth) or acquired immune deficiencies, post-organ transplantation, central nervous system infection and, if necessary, offer vaccine recommendations.

Pediatric pulmonology

If you believe your child could have a pulmonary disease, our pediatric pulmonology specialists offer advanced diagnostic testing options, including bronchoscopy and pulmonary function testing. In addition to common conditions such as asthma, our team also offers treatment plans for patients with interstitial lung disease, vocal cord dysfunction and neuromuscular diseases.

Pediatric surgery

Through our pediatric surgery clinic, we offer our patients access to treatment options for a wide range of conditions and advanced techniques, including minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive procedures are available for various pulmonary, urologic and reproductive conditions.

Pediatric urology

Urologists in our pediatric urology clinic provide comprehensive treatment for various diseases or conditions in children, including incontinence, spina bifida, undescended testicles and urinary tract infections. With training in different types of procedures, our team ensures your child receives a care plan and treatment tailored to their needs.

Concussion Clinic

The Wesley Children's Hospital Concussion Clinic treats and manages concussions in children throughout the recovery process. Our expert physicians specialize in treatment and management for children and child athletes up to 18 years old. We provide expert diagnosis and care in partnership with a medical team that includes neuropsychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology.

For more information about the clinic or to schedule an appointment, please call (316) 962-2301.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is not just a "bump on the head." A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that occurs when the brain is violently jarred back and forth or rotated inside the skull after a blow to the head or body. This movement can "stun" brain cells or even result in cell death. Many believe a concussion only occurs when a person loses consciousness, however, this is not the case.

Symptoms may appear immediately or develop over several days. They may last a few days to several months and interfere with schoolwork and social life. Take your child to see their primary care provider or to urgent care if they experience the following:

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Vision changes or vision disturbance

After evaluation, if the symptoms continue or get worse over the next two weeks, a doctor may refer your child to our concussion clinic for further assessment and treatment.

Concussion treatment and management

The best-known treatment for a concussion in children is rest. However, it can take from one to three weeks to fully recover. Your child must be monitored throughout the entire process.

Managing a concussion means creating a support system around your child. Adults at home, at school, and those supervising sports need to change and modify the environment around the child to maximize their concussion recovery.

Returning to play or regular activity before the brain has healed may result in more frequent and recurring concussions. This can lead to even more lost playing time and an increasingly severe condition known as second impact syndrome.

Second impact syndrome occurs when a second concussion is sustained while still recovering from a previous one. The injury occurs when the brain is still injured and unable to protect itself to the best of its ability. This causes severe swelling of the brain and can potentially be fatal.

Post-concussive syndrome is the consequence of a previous head injury. This term identifies concussed patients who are not improving as expected. Post-concussive syndrome does not appear to be associated with how significant the concussion was. Instead, it seems to be related to the location of the brain injury. Post-concussive syndrome is generally defined as the development of at least three of the following symptoms persisting at least four to six weeks:

  • Anxiety
  • Concentration difficulty
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Intolerance of stress
  • Irritability
  • Memory difficulty
  • Social difficulties

Anyone displaying these symptoms requires thorough physical and neurological examinations by a medical specialist. Individuals with a history of attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder, learning disability, migraine headaches or psychiatric conditions may be at a greater risk of experiencing post-concussive syndrome.

Baseline testing for student-athletes

Concussions can occur in many different settings and almost any sport, including cheerleading. But athletes in contact sports such as football, hockey, soccer, basketball and baseball have a 10 to 20 percent chance of experiencing a concussion each season. According to national statistics, in high school football alone, players across the U.S. experience as many as 250,000 concussions each year.

A baseline test looks at a student athlete's balance and brain function. Ideally, this assessment takes place before the season's first practice or the beginning of the school year. The test scores balance, concentration and memory. This information is invaluable if a concussion is suspected. The physicians can compare results from the original baseline test to those from a follow-up exam. This can help determine the athlete's brain function impact.

Baseline tests also assist physicians in making decisions regarding return to school and play. To learn more about scheduling a baseline test for your student-athlete, please call (316) 962-2080.

What to expect during your visit

At your first visit, your family will be greeted by our medical office specialists who will assist with checking the patient in and verifying that we have all the correct information for the patient. This is very important so that we are able to communicate with your family for future visits/communications.

Next, a nurse or medical assistant will greet the child and family and show them to the vitals area, where they will obtain your child's height, weight and vital signs. The nurse will then take the child and family to the next room where they will review your child's medical history with you. Your child will then be seen and examined by one of our pediatric specialists who will work with the child and family on a diagnosis and treatment plan. The average length of your visit can range anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes.

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