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Pediatric care

The relationship with your pediatrician is important to your child’s healthy development. Our network has hundreds of exceptional pediatricians, and we’ll help you find the right one. Contact us to set up an online pediatric consultation.

If your child is experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately

Our Services

  • Urgent care, same-day care
  • General pediatric care
  • Annual wellness visits 
  • Vaccinations  to protect children from disease
  • Virtual and in-clinic after-hours care

Pediatric specialities 

Many chronic conditions and diseases begin during childhood, and can affect development and growth. We offer a wide range of pediatric specialties to meet your child’s medical needs.

Our specialists will work closely with your child’s pediatrician to provide personalized care. They’ll also help you find necessary support and referrals as they enter adulthood. 

  • Allergy and Immunology (immune system)
  • Anesthesiology (preoperative care)
  • Endocrinology (hormones)
  • Gastroenterology (digestive system)
  • Gynecology (female sexual and reproductive health)
  • Neurology (brain)
  • Ophthalmology (eye)
  • Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat)
Virtual Classes

No-cost virtual parenting classes

Optum is here to help expecting families. Our virtual classes feature a live pediatrician that will answer your questions.

Learn more and register ›

Care for every stage

Our pediatricians are trained to treat children as they grow, which means consistent preventive care,  addressing changing concerns and building an ongoing understanding of your child’s unique needs. 

Here’s what you can expect from your pediatrician throughout the years of your child’s development: 


We’ll get to know you and your child through an initial exam and a medical history review. In the first few weeks after their birth, we’ll pay close attention to your child’s weight gain, nutritional needs and vitamin levels (especially Vitamin K).  We’ll be there to answer any questions that you may have. 

Vitamin K and Erythromycin Policy

While babies are still in the uterus, maternal vitamin K does not cross the placenta to reach the baby.  When they are born, babies have immature liver function and breast milk does not contain enough vitamin K.  That means that all newborns have low levels of vitamin K, so they all need supplementation from another source.  Vitamin K deficiency can result in bleeding in the intestines and brain during the newborn period that can be fatal.  If the infant survives the bleeding episode, it can cause permanent brain damage leading to severe developmental disabilities.  Newborns that do not get a vitamin K shot at birth are 81 times more likely to develop severe bleeding that can occur at birth through 6 months of age.  Injectable vitamin K has been the standard of care for the prevention of vitamin K deficiency bleeding since 1961, when it was first recommended by the AAP and The Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Since that time, providers have been able to safely and effectively eliminate the risk of bleeding and death.

Erythromycin eye ointment protects newborns from ophthalmia neonatorum, a gonorrhea infection of the eyes that can result in blindness. A simple application of eye ointment can protect the newborn from transmission during birth and saves a child from unnecessary consequences that lead to blindness. Application of the ointment is recommended within 1 hour of birth to allow for effective bonding between a newborn and his/her mother.  Click here to learn more about the importance of Vitamin K for your newborn. 

We are proud to say that our policies and practices adhere to the guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  As a Department, we retain the right to opt out of providing care for infants whose parents uniformly and unequivocally refuse Vitamin K and Erythromycin eye ointment.  To be clear, it saddens us to turn any child away. However, we have found that we cannot provide high-level care without using the tools that allow us to prevent disease.


Your baby will be seen every two to three months. Don’t worry, we’ll always remind you of when to set up your next appointment. 

 At each visit we will:

  • Give them a comprehensive physical exam
  • Measure your baby’s head size, and check their length and weight
  • Ask about common issues like colic, reflux, or trouble sleeping or feeding
  • Screen regularly for age-appropriate development
  • Assist you (mom) if you are experiencing postpartum depression
  • Administer vaccines when due  
  • Answer any questions you may have

At age one, we will also perform a lab test to check for anemia (low iron levels). 

Toddler Age

Beginning at age two, your toddler will be seen annually. At these visits we will: 

  • Give them a comprehensive physical exam
  • Measure height and weight
  • Screen regularly for age-appropriate development
  • Ask about common issues like temper tantrums, trouble sleeping, picky eating, etc. 
  • Administer vaccines when due  

At age two, we’ll perform two lab tests to screen your child for lead and anemia again. At age three, we will start checking their blood pressure annually. 

School Age

Your child will be seen annually during his or her early school years. At these visits, we will: 

  • Give a comprehensive physical examination
  • Measure weight, height and blood pressure
  • Regular screenings for vision and age-appropriate development
  • Discuss school, nutrition, sleep, and social/behavioral health discussion
  • Administer vaccines when due  

At around age 11, we will do a blood test to check cholesterol levels and screen for anemia.


Your child will continue to be seen annually throughout middle and high school. At these visits, we will: 

  • Give a comprehensive physical examination
  • Measure weight, height and blood pressure and conduct a vision screening
  • Address challenges that can develop around puberty (depression, stress, etc.) 
  • Talk about health, safety and risk behaviors to help them make better choices
  • Administer vaccines when due  

When your teen is around 13 or 14, we will offer to do part of the visit with you (parents) in the room and part of the discussion or exam with you outside. This proactive approach  gives young people the option to speak privately with their long-time pediatrician if they need to. 

For teens looking to transition to a more mature medical setting, Optum offers specialized adolescent care. Click here to visit our Adolescent Care page. 

18 years and older

By the time your teen is 18 years old, he or she may choose to switch to an adult internal medicine provider. However, we are happy to continue seeing them until 21 years old, at the discretion of your pediatrician, but you (as the parent) will no longer be required to attend the visits. 

We get to know your child’s needs well throughout our time together, and we’d be happy to help them find the right primary care physician or OB/GYN (gynecologist) when the time comes. 

Immunizations for your Child

Getting your child immunized against preventable diseases helps set them up for a healthy life. At Optum, we believe the best approach is to follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Pediatric Immunization Policy

Our Pediatrics Department is committed to delivering the highest quality health care in a safe and welcoming environment. Our relationship with patients and families is based on mutual respect, openness, and trust. With this goal, we partner with families and educate caretakers and children about how to maximize their health.  We are proud to say that our policies and practices adhere to the guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

With this in mind, we are thankful that today’s medicine allows us to prevent life threatening diseases through the use of vaccinations. Vaccines are consistently monitored by the Food and Drug Administration, the Center for Disease Control, and the American Committee on Immunization Practices. All entities ensure that vaccines remain safe to use and provide the best outcomes. So although adverse reactions can sometimes occur, studies have shown that vaccines prevent devastating diseases.

Because we believe in delivering health care in a trusting partnership, we must maintain the safety of our offices and communities for patients who have undertaken the responsibility of vaccinating their children. As such, we have established the protocol that, as a department, we retain the right to opt out of providing care and taking responsibility for the health of children whose parents uniformly and unequivocally refuse to vaccinate them.  To be clear, it saddens us to turn any child away. However, we have found that we cannot provide high-level care without using the tools that allow us to prevent disease. Therefore, we would be doing both the child and their contacts (at home and in the community) a disservice by continuing to see them at Optum. We always hope that we can work with parents to improve their comfort level and increase their knowledge about the benefits of vaccines. When this is impossible, we must retain the right to sever the relationship and discharge their children from the practice.

Medical care and help

To find a pediatrician or pediatric specialist near you, visit our providers page

Contact us if you have any questions