UnityPoint Clinic Pediatrics - Sunnybrook
Safe Care, Your Way
We encourage you to continue well-child visits that include vaccinations – these are important for newborns and young children to help keep them and others safe.
Patients and visitors who are over age 2 and able to tolerate a mask or face covering, should do so if entering a UnityPoint Health facility. Contact us before arriving to ensure you are set up with the texting platform and to ensure you're aware of any additional processes put in place for your visit.
Scheduled Virtual Visits
We've expanded our pediatric care services to include Scheduled Virtual Visits over the phone or by video. For non-urgent health concerns, please call (712) 266-2700 to see if a virtual visit can be scheduled with your pediatrician.
Don't have a doctor? Use our online Find a Doctor tool to request a new appointment.
Some examples of conditions or questions that are a good fit for Scheduled Virtual Visits include:
- Mild stomach pain
- Minor injuries
- Joint pain
- Follow up on anxiety and depression
- Follow up on chronic conditions (COPD, diabetes, chronic heart failure, etc.)
- Medication checks
Once your virtual visit is scheduled, our team will help you get set up for your visit on smartphone, tablet or computer. You can also reference our Mobile Setup Guide or Personal Computer Setup Guide.
Pediatricians Accepting New Patients
At UnityPoint, your child's health is our highest priority. Our team of pediatric experts offers expert care at our Sunnybrook location in Sioux City. From well-baby visits to unexpected sports injuries and everything in between, UnityPoint Clinic pediatric providers care for newborns, toddlers, children and adolescents to help families navigate the little and not-so-little bumps of childhood.
Pediatricians offer a full range of services, including primary care, therapy, lab and radiology. Additionally, we are backed by St. Luke's Hospital and a large network of UnityPoint Health – Sioux City doctors and specialty providers. Establishing care with a UnityPoint Clinic pediatric provider has never been easier. To schedule an appointment use our Find A Doctor tool below or give us a call at (712) 266-2700.
What is Pediatrics?
Pediatrics is the medical care, physical development and mental health of infants, children and adolescents. With a focus on physical, mental and social development, a pediatrician can help a child in the early developmental stages, all the way to 18 years of age. Finding the right pediatric doctor is important because they will build a trusting and long-term relationship with both you and your child and most important, help your child live a healthier life.
What Does a Pediatrician Do?
Pediatricians are responsible for the physical well-being and mental health of a child from infancy to adulthood. Beginning in the early stages of a child's life, a pediatrician's careful observations are crucial to ensuring proper development. Through structured assessments and early mediation, a pediatrician can diagnose and treat acute and chronic disorders. They also treat general health issues, illnesses, injuries and infections, and administer health screenings and immunizations to keep children healthy. Pediatric care has many benefits:
- Preventative care and health promotion with each individual patient in mind.
- Education for patients and parents to help foster a healthy lifestyle from the start.
- Forms a trustworthy relationship between doctors, parents and their children.
- Tracks developmental progress and growth.
- Collaborative care for additional expertise.
- Treatment and control of severe and life-threatening diseases.
- Decreases rates of infant and child mortality.
What Conditions Does a Pediatrician Treat?
- Common Illnesses and Infections: coughs, colds, flu, fevers, rashes, ear infections, pink eye and more
- Injuries: falls, burns, lacerations, sprains, fractures, eye injuries and more
- Asthma: the most common chronic disease in children. Pediatricians assess and treat symptoms and help families understand the triggers of asthma so they can better manage the care.
- Chronic Allergies: pediatricians can test for food, skin, pet, seasonal and other allergies and may work with a pediatric allergist on specific treatment plans.
- Childhood Obesity: pediatricians work with families to prevent long-term weight-related health issues by creating a plan of action specifically coordinated for the child.
- Special Needs: children with cognitive, physical or developmental conditions, or chronic illnesses.
What Services Does a Pediatrician Perform?
Regular Physical Exams
Infancy well-baby exams are a good way to monitor a child's growth and development. The pediatrician will do a head-to-toe physical exam within 3 to 5 days after birth. After that there will be a 2-4 week visit, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24, 30 and 36 month visit, then annually after that. Each stage of a child's development is plotted on a growth chart. The child's size will be compared to other children of the same age to determine what percentile they are in. Annual physical exams and wellness visits will be performed to track growth and development and provide anticipatory guidance. Schools and other recreational programs will require a child to partake in a Pre-participation Physical Examination (PPE). This exam will help determine if a child is ready for that particular sport.
Vaccinations and Immunizations Updates
The pediatrician will recommend vaccinations and immunizations for a child from 0-18 years of age. These are critical to helping stop and prevent the spread of childhood diseases. The pediatric clinic will follow the recommended vaccine schedule from the CDC to ensure we are adhering to the highest quality of medical evidence. A few of the vaccines that are used to safeguard children from disease are listed here:
- HepB: helps limit the spread of Hepatitis B.
- Hib Vaccine: assists in preventing the disease known as Haemophilus influenzae type b.
- Pneumococcal Vaccine: vaccine against streptococcus pneumoniae. DTaP: vaccine that helps with prevention of diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.
- Polio: vaccine used to combat poliomyelitis.
- DTaP: protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
- MMR: vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella.
- Varicella: vaccine to protect against the chickenpox.
- HPV: protects against the virus that causes cervical cancer
Benefits of UnityPoint Clinic Pediatrics
Keeping your kids healthy and happy is important. At UnityPoint Clinic, it's our priority every day. Our pediatricians are experts in children's health, providing care for infants to young adults, including well-child exams, immunizations, physicals, treatment of illnesses and injuries and more. By working together as a team and involving you in the decision making, we create a plan based on what's best for your child. Then we coordinate the care needed to achieve your goals. Healthy kids, happy families – that's our priority!