Raising Healthy Kids: A Guide to Children’s Health Resources in Champaign-Urbana and Beyond
Whether you are a parent of babies, toddlers, school age kids or teens, we know their health is important to you. Find pediatricians and excellent pediatric care in our community
Have kids? Looking for a doctor to help you through the different ages and stages? Let’s be real: raising kids is hard work. Whether it’s your newborn baby, tantrum-throwing toddler, typically developing elementary schooler or hormonal teens – this is the guide for you.
We’re here to help families of all shapes and sizes in the greater Champaign-Urbana area as they navigate pediatric care for children of all ages and needs. Find a doctor, get the resources you need and take care of your family’s health.
Thanks to our partners at Carle Foundation Hospital for presenting Pediatric Care and Services in Champaign-Urbana.
We are proud to partner with Carle to provide a well-rounded view of the ins and outs of children’s health resources in and around Champaign-Urbana. This guide includes information from multiple providers.
From choosing baby’s name to helping a teenager choose a path after high school, parents will make thousands of choices along their journey as a child grows. Parents can play a key role in their children’s health. Some of the most important choices we make as parents start right in the beginning, making sure we provide our children with a healthy foundation.
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How to use this resource
Whether you’re new to Champaign-Urbana or you’ve lived here your whole life, figuring out how to navigate the many aspects of our children’s health can be somewhat daunting. Children need health care designed for their unique needs—involving families from start to finish.
This resource is to help parents to find quality, regionally specific pediatric information about health resources, options, and providers – all in one place. From safety and prevention tips, to information about healthy nutrition, to child development, to managing food allergies or chronic illness, we’ve covered a wide range of resources – with a local twist.
Each of the anchors below contains a bevy of information about each stage of development families encounter, from the earliest stages of infancy, through the toddler times, right into school-age children and adolescence. We also cover mental health and a variety of other services that are critical to the health and well being of our children.
Our region covers not only Champaign-Urbana, but also all of Champaign County and a good majority of East Central Illinois. You’ll find providers from Mahomet to Monticello, Rantoul to Tuscola, Paxton and beyond.
Ages Birth- 2 Years Old
Find the information you’re looking for when it comes to your baby and toddler
So many changes occur between the time that your child is born and they turn 2 years old. Well baby visits are an important component of your child’s development, and your child’s pediatrician will be there beside you each step of the way. Whether you have questions about immunizations, growth and nutrition, common illnesses, or more complex developmental needs, your child’s healthcare team is available to support you and your family.
Find the information you’re looking for when it comes to your preschooler
As your child enters a new stage in their development, many families look towards preschool or other learning and socialization opportunities for their children. Keeping your child’s medical records and guidance up to date is very important as many area preschools require a physical in order to start their programs. Your physician may require that you fill out developmental questionnaires and assessments in order to track their progress towards meeting developmental milestones.
Find the information you’re looking for when it comes to your school-aged child
As your child embarks on their educational journey, their pediatrician and medical staff play an important role in your family. Many area schools have physical examination requirements as well as immunization, vision, and dental checkups. As your child continues to build up their immunity to various childhood illnesses, parents often find themselves with questions regarding symptoms and treatment of commonly occurring viruses.
The t(w)een years are often filled with developmental, emotional, and physical changes. Pediatricians, family medicine physicians, and other medical team members are important for guiding families and youth through this time. A child’s medical team can help to ensure that children are developing healthy eating and exercise habits as well as to guide families through resources to support puberty, mental health, and emotional guidance.
No one plans for unexpected illness, injury, or development; however, Carle offers an extensive support team of pediatric specialists in order to keep families local in their pursuit of medical care. Childhood disease, illness, and other developmental delays can affect children of all ages. Regular checkups from a pediatrician can help to monitor and track a child’s development in order to ensure that a child is meeting milestones at appropriate age intervals. If these milestones are not being met, it might be necessary to refer to one of the many specialists that are available at Carle.
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