Let’s Get Back to School!

Heading back to school comes with endless errands and running around tying up loose ends before the school year starts. Fairhope Peds is here to help knock some of those items off your list!

Did you know we have a patient portal to help you access your child’s medical records, request information from your provider, and schedule appointments? If you haven’t set up your patient portal account yet, click here to get started! Before your child heads back to school be sure to check these items off your to-do list:

  • Set up your Patient Portal
    • Request Alabama Certificate of Immunization (AKA Blue Card)
    • Schedule a wellness appointment
    • Refill prescriptions


If it has been a while since your child has had a wellness check, now is a great time to schedule an appointment! At your appointment you can discuss any concerns you have with your provider. Be sure to address any learning or mental health concerns you have. This way you can get your child the help they need and head into a new school year prepared with a plan of action should your child struggle or need assistance. Did you know Fairhope Pediatrics has providers certified in mental healthcare to thoroughly address your child’s unique needs and give you the resources to continue care? Call our office to schedule an appointment (251) 928-5568. 


At your child’s wellness exam, make sure they are up to date on all immunizations including the COVID-19 booster. COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children 6 months and older. 



Childhood Depression 

Depression can rear its head unexpectedly in young children. Sometimes children 12 and under can struggle. Be aware of the signs and have a plan of action as you head into the new school year. 


Some signs include, but are not limited to:

  • problems at school 
  • a loss of interest in fun activities 
  • changed eating habits 
  • weight gain or loss 
  • clinginess 
  • anxiety 
  • difficulties with family members
  • avoiding school and social activities.


At Fairhope Pediatrics we emphasize providing comprehensive pediatric healthcare in a caring environment. Our staff is certified in pediatric mental healthcare to provide you with the care and resources you need in a crisis. Call our office to schedule an appointment with your provider and our nurse practitioner, Katie Erdlitz, who is a certified Pediatric Mental Health Specialist if you feel your child is displaying signs of depression, suicidal ideations, anxiety, OCD, ODD, ADHD, or conduct disorders (251) 928-5568.

Fairhope Peds is here to help answer all of your questions as you head into a busy school season! Does your child know how to use their epi-pen? Need advice getting your kids back to an early bedtime routine? How about tackling those pesky veggies your toddler turns her nose up to? Ask away and we will do our best to help! Ask for extra time when scheduling your appointment if you have several concerns you would like to discuss with your provider. Now send those kids off for a wonderful school year making new friends and expanding bright young minds.


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