Pediatric Health

Support for you and your child’s health at every stage of your lives.

Martin's Point US Family Health Plan members have numerous benefits related to maternity, pediatric, and adolescent care, including resources for: 


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No cost care and support program for mom and baby.

This program provides education about the importance of prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum health and care for mom and baby. You will receive support from a Martin's Point dedicated care manager.

This program supports healthy term infants by providing education, support, and advocacy, as well as:

  • Assessments during each trimester and postpartum
  • A box of diapers will be provided after attending a postpartum visit

Pediatric Well-Care Visits

Ensure their best health for years to come!

Your benefit allows for one annual physical exam every 12 months (with a 30-day grace period) with a primary care provider (PCP). If you haven’t already, please call your child’s PCP today to schedule a preventive health appointment.

The benefits of well-care visits are the completion of full, head-to-toe examination and history:

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Preventative care, including getting scheduled vaccinations.


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Tracking your child's growth and development at every stage.


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Vision, hearing, and physical exams for school or sports.  


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Monitoring safety, sleep, screen time, diet, and physical activity.  

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Includes concerns about physical and psychosocial health.


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Use the Care Checklist to track your child's wellness visits and vaccines.

Recommended visit schedule:

  • Before 15 months there should be six or more well-care visits with a PCP
  • Between 15 and 30 months of age there should be two or more well-care visits with a PCP

Recommended visit schedule:

  • Between 3 to 21 years of age there should be at least one comprehensive well-care visit with a PCP or OB/GYN during the past year.
  • Between 3 to 17 years of age there should be an annual well-care visit that addresses these topics:

Body Mass Index (BMI)—Documentation of a height, weight, and distinct BMI percentile
Nutrition—Documentation of nutrition being addressed (e.g., discussion of behaviors, referrals for nutrition education, providing educational materials, guidance, or counseling for weight or obesity)
Physical Activity—Documentation of physical activity being addressed (e.g., discussion of behaviors, referrals for physical activity, providing educational materials, guidance, or counseling for weight or obesity)

For details regarding recommended schedules for immunization for children ages 0-6 years and ages 7-18 years, please visit Immunization Schedules.

Respiratory Infections

Treating your kids’ common cold or sore throat? Antibiotics do not work on these pesky viruses!

Information and resources for treating respiratory infections, such as the common cold and sore throat, can be found below.

With kids in school, they can often come home with stuffy noses, sneezing, coughing, ear or sinus pain, and fever.

More than 200 viruses can cause the common cold and they can spread easily through the air and close personal contact. 

When your child is suffering from upper respiratory infection (URI) symptoms (also known as the common cold), it is natural to want to help them feel better as quickly as possible. For many parents, that means asking the doctor to prescribe an antibiotic for their child. Unfortunately, most colds are caused by viruses, which antibiotics are not effective in treating. In fact, treating a viral infection with antibiotics can cause harm to your child.

Instead of antibiotics, your doctor is likely to suggest rest and fluids along with over-the-counter pain killers and decongestants to help reduce symptoms and help your child feel better. If your child’s cold lasts more than 10 days without improvement or they have symptoms that are severe or unusual, you should consult a doctor. The doctor will do a physical exam and, if they feel it necessary, they may swab the inside of your child’s nose or mouth to help determine what type of illness your child has and determine if any different treatment is needed.

Source: Common Cold -

With sore throats, the cause will determine the treatment.

Most sore throats are caused by viruses and will go away in 1-2 weeks on their own, without an antibiotic. Antibiotic treatment in these cases may cause harm to your child. Some sore throats are caused by bacteria. Up to 3 in 10 children with a sore throat have strep throat, caused by Group A streptococcus bacterium.

You should consult a doctor if your child’s sore throat lasts longer than a week, if they have difficulty swallowing or breathing, and/or have drooling, rash, and joint pain. The cause could be a virus or bacteria. It can be hard for a doctor to tell the difference between a viral sore throat and a bacterial strep throat based only on a physical exam and symptoms. It is important for your doctor to know if your child’s sore throat is caused by a virus or streptococcus bacteria. They may swab your child’s throat for a rapid strep test (if available in the doctor’s office).

If the rapid test is positive, they may immediately prescribe an antibiotic to help prevent the complications associated with this bacterium. If it is negative, part of the swab will be kept for culture. Within two to three days, it will show if the strep bacteria are present and then treatment will be determined.

If your child’s sore throat is viral, treatment will focus on their comfort, as there is no benefit and may be harm in using antibiotics. The doctor may recommend rest, acetaminophen (for pain), increased fluids, and throat lozenges.

Source: Sore Throat Information -


Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection, more often known as RSV, is a respiratory virus that generally results in mild cold-like symptoms, but in infants it can be serious. Between 58,000-80,000 children younger than 5 years of age in the United States are hospitalized by an RSV infection every year. It is the number one cause in the US for bronchiolitis and pneumonia in children younger than 1 year of age.

  • Runny nose
  • Decreased appetite
  • Coughing; this can progress to wheezing and difficulty breathing
  • Very young infants may experience irritability, a decrease in activity and/or pauses in breathing (more than 10 seconds).


RSV can spread through direct or indirect contact with someone carrying the virus; some people may not display any symptoms of the virus but still be able to spread it. You are at risk of getting RSV if you touch your face after touching a surface that has the virus, are exposed to a sneeze or virus or kiss someone who has the virus.

Ways to help prevent the spread of RSV are:

  • Perform good hand hygiene
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoid sick contacts
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes


In most cases, RSV infections will go away within a couple weeks. Like many viruses, people are encouraged to:

  • Manage pain and fever through over-the-counter fever reducer and pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Discuss nonprescription cold medicines with health care providers prior to giving any to a child; some ingredients contained in cold medicine are not safe for children.

Contact your health care professional if your child is having difficulty breathing, not drinking enough fluid (not having as many wet diapers), or experiencing other worsening symptoms.

Seek emergency care immediately if your child has a bluish coloration around lips or nail beds, develops rapid breathing, or experiences retractions (chest appears to sink in below the neck or under breastbone with each breath)!

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

More than 42 million Americans are infected with types of HPV that cause disease.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) can lead to six types of cancer later in life, such as cervical or penis cancer, and four out of every 10 cases of cancer caused by HPV occur among men. The HPV vaccine is intended to protect both boys and girls against human papilloma virus. Per CDC recommendations, boys and girls 11- 12 years old should have two doses of the HPV vaccine. The vaccine can be given as early as age 9.

Sources: US Preventative Service Task Force - (USPTF); About HPV -

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Developing effective ways to handle stress is an important skill—critical for good mental health in childhood and adolescence.

There are a few ways for them to care for themselves each day:

  • Find creative ways to safely spend time with friends
  • Head outside and get moving
  • Eat healthy
  • Get enough sleep
  • Make time to relax by reading or listening to music

Source: Young Adults Care for Yourself (PDF) -

Mental Health Resources

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond depends on your background, social support, your health, your community, and many other factors.

There are several organizations actively engaged in helping the community with mental health challenges. 

National resources include:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
988 or 1-800-273-8255

As of July 15, 2022 a person can be connected with local suicide prevention resources anywhere in the country by dialing only three digits (988). Think of it as the 911 emergency system for mental health help!

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Resources:




1-518-245-9160 (M-F, 8am-3pm)


Find your local NAMI affiliate.

State-specific resources include:

Crisis Hotline and Suicide Prevention Program

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention NH

Suicide Prevention Center

State Suicide Preventiond
Text Got5 to 741741

Suicide Prevention Program

Care Partnership
[email protected]


Did you know? One in six children 6-17 years old in the US experiences a mental health disorder each year.

It is important to watch for symptoms of mental disorders in children and understand how they are treated because they can have a significant effect on overall health and relationships throughout life. 

Source: Children's Mental Health; Mental Health by the Numbers

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Martin’s Point Behavioral Health Pediatric Care Management Program 

Identifying problems early can help children get the support they need. At the Martin’s Point US Family Health Plan, we want to work with your family to close gaps in care. This program is offered at no cost and is designed to support best-practice care for young patients. Our care managers are social workers with behavioral health training and expertise.

When our care managers are notified of a member’s behavioral health hospitalization they reach out to the family after discharge and, if needed, will help coordinate care to assure a smooth transition. 

We annually review the quality of our pediatric member’s behavioral health care by reviewing claims submitted by their providers to monitor whether they are receiving recommended care.

Sources: Mental Health Stats -; Children's Mental Health -

  • Complete a phone outreach to assess the family’s and child’s needs
  • Collaborate with the care team
  • Provide support and advocacy
  • Finding local resources, providers and community supports
  • Provide additional education regarding their conditions and the importance of follow up
  • Assist in preparation for their office visits
  • Follow up as needed by the family and child

To contact a Martin’s Point pediatric behavioral health care manager, please call 1-877-659-2403.


If your child or adolescent is aged 1-17 and is taking two or more antipsychotic medications listed below, they should have an annual blood sugar and cholesterol testing.

These medications can increase a child’s risk for developing serious metabolic health complications associated with poor cardiometabolic outcomes including weight gain, diabetes, and dyslipidemia.

Given these risks and the potential lifelong consequences, metabolic monitoring is important to ensure appropriate management of children on behavioral health medications.


If your child is between 6-12 years old and has been newly prescribed attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication, they should have three follow-up care visits with the prescribing doctor within a 10-month period to assure the medication is working appropriately and there are no adjustments needed:

  • One within 30 days of when the first ADHD medication was filled.
  • If the child remains on the following medication over six months, they should have at least two follow-up visits within nine months.