4520 Beckley Rd | Battle Creek 269-969-8723

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Cereal City Pediatrics is happy to announce we have expanded our age range, and we are now caring for young people birth to 21 years of age!  We are excited about this change in policy, as we enjoy the relationships we have built over the years with patients as they mature from children to young adults.  University of Michigan recently announced all patients up to age 21 referred to them will see pediatric subspecialists. Pediatrics is the specialty of taking care of young people -- so this really makes sense.  Twenty year olds and seventeen year olds are more medically similar than twenty year olds and sixty year olds -- so both general and subspecialty pediatricians are more attuned to the needs of the young patient. This also is an age when we hear many young people fail to identify with a primary doctor, so continuing to be there for our patients will benefit their health and well-being.

As a reminder, it is recommended that all patients get a yearly physical.  These are important even for healthy children and young adults. While we always review and discuss immunizations, there is much more than that involved.  We screen for numerous issues. Yearly measurements are invaluable -- they clue us in to issues ranging from celiac disease due to gluten sensitivity, thyroid issues, diabetes and prediabetes - among other things.  Also, we check for high blood pressure, which has no symptoms and is beneficial to diagnose at an early age. We review a health history, which may indicate lab work needs to be done or alert us to issues that need attention.  It is also a good opportunity to monitor chronic issues and to ensure that medicines are up-to-date. A full physical exam can identify heart problems, scoliosis in our growing population, or skin issues including precancerous skin lesions. We review any immunizations that are recommended, including any new changes. We typically can address most health concerns during the physical -- though there is a lot involved in the well visit alone.   Therefore, if there are a large number of concerns or a significant illness, please let us know when scheduling.

We look forward to being a part of all of our patients lives from the time they are born…. through early young adulthood. Thank you for allowing us to share these times with you!

Drs Tim White and Allison Halonen