Center4Health Medical Group

Elizabeth J. Covington, MD

Family Practice & Aesthetics located in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Babies and children need numerous check-ups throughout their growing years, not to mention visits for troubles like ear infections or stomach bugs. For your convenience, kids can join the adults in your family as patients at Center4Health, where Dr. Elizabeth Covington and her team care for patients of all ages. Just call the office in Los Angeles to make an appointment or use the online booking feature on the website.

Pediatrics Q & A

What is pediatrics?

Pediatrics is the comprehensive branch of medicine that addresses the health and wellness of infants, children, and teens. Pediatric specialists provide care for people from infancy to age 18.

At the Center4Health, pediatric care involves providing medical care for acute illness, including colds, ear infections, and digestive problems. The team may also provide care for chronic illness, including Type 1 diabetes and asthma.

Children also need regular wellness checks to ensure they’re developing normally and have optimal physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

What are wellness checks?

Wellness checks are performed annually to check the overall health of a child. At a wellness check, markers such as height and weight are measured, and in older children, blood pressure. The team at Center4Health discusses safety, sleep, diet, and other lifestyle factors that can affect a child’s well-being. Issues such as family, school, and community activity may also be addressed.

What vaccinations are available?

Vaccines provide immunity against certain organisms that can cause disease. A vaccine exposes the body to a small, safe amount of a bacteria or virus so your body builds up immunity. If attacked by the infection later in life, your body recognizes the invader and has the antibodies to fight it off successfully.

The Center4Health provides all necessary vaccines for children. These vaccines are recommended at specific points in a child’s development, with many being administered in infancy and boosters administered as children reach school age. Common vaccines include:

  • DPT immunization
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Polio
  • Chickenpox
  • MMR
  • Meningococcal (meningitis)

If you have questions about the purpose of certain vaccines and their administration, the team at the Center4Health is ready to talk.

How is growth monitored for a child?

The development of your child’s height and weight, as well as their head circumference for infants and toddlers, is compared to normal developmental milestones. The numbers are recorded on a growth chart. Changes in the trajectory of their growth can provide information about their overall health and development, as well as potential medical issues.

Your child benefits from regular, expert pediatric care. Call the Center4Health or book an appointment online to start this care process and provide your child with the best health assessment possible.