The Importance of Child Wellness Exams and Community Outreach at Fall River Health Services

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — When it comes to the health and wellness of your children, the importance of routine wellness exams cannot be understated. Child wellness exams, which are offered at Fall River Health Services, can detect medical and behavioral issues early, ensure that immunizations are up to date, and provide an opportunity for both you and your child to ask the doctor questions.

Dr. Christopher Robbins, MD, a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician and Chief of Staff at Fall River Health Services, echoes this sentiment, stressing that child wellness exams play a crucial role in your child’s health. “Starting at birth, there are many things we do in terms of prevention and education, for instance making sure the children have good nutrition, monitoring their growth scales, and providing parents with information on childhood safety,” said Dr. Robbins. “We’re able to catch things early, so if there is a problem, we can prevent it from becoming a bigger issue.”

Dr. Robbins suggests that children aged three or younger should have a wellness exam every few months while children that are over the age of three should have one yearly. When children transition to adults, yearly wellness exams are still crucial. “Things we like to focus on with older teens and young adults include physical activity, sleep hygiene, dental care, and high-risk behaviors like tobacco, alcohol, and drug use. Those are all things we monitor and educate on,” said Dr. Robbins.

Not only does Fall River Health Services offer comprehensive child wellness exams, but they also put a lot of effort into community outreach. They frequently work with local school sports teams, providing on-site medical care to children who may get injured during a game. “If it’s a broken arm at a football game, a concussion, a sprained ankle, or a nosebleed, we can get them the care they need right then and there and determine if they need to be seen at the ER.”

Off the field, Fall River Health Services provide education programs for children, such as giving puberty talks for fourth and fifth graders at Hot Spring School District. “We’ve also been able to host Scrubs Camp at the hospital, which is a state-wide program where high school kids from all over the neighboring counties come in and see different aspects of healthcare,” says Dr. Robbins. “They’re able to walk through the pharmacy, start IV drips, and see what an ultrasound is like. It’s a great opportunity for providers to show children a little bit of what we do.”

In addition to working with children, Fall River Health Services also provides medical services to veterans at the State Veteran’s Home and people in assisted living facilities.

Whether it’s providing child wellness exams, supporting local sports teams and veterans, or educating youth on important health issues, Fall River Health Services is dedicated to supporting their community in whatever ways they can. “A big part of healthcare revolves around prevention and wellness, and we absolutely want that for all kids, locally and everywhere else, and we’re happy to see all kids here,” said Dr. Robbins.

Dr. Robbins and his team at Fall River Health Services encourages everyone to visit them for a wellness exam or any other health concern. They’re taking all necessary COVID-19 precautions so that children and adults can safely receive care.

For more information on what is provided by Fall River Health Services or to schedule an appointment call 605.745.8910 or visit their website at https://www.frhssd.org/.


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