Pediatric Health

We are committed to keeping your child healthy in the every stage of their life.

At Martin's Point, we offer a variety of pediatric care and services for children, adolescents, and their parents. Additionally, our services also support women during pregnancy and in the post-partum months. 

Our providers offer pediatric services including:
  • Primary care for children and adolescents
  • Immunizations
  • Pediatric behavioral and mental health care
  • Maternity care (prenatal and postpartum)
  • COVID-19-related health care
  • and more...

MATERNITY CARE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

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:

  • Assessments during each trimester and postpartum
  • Education
  • Support
  • Advocacy
  • A box of diapers will be provided after attending a postpartum visit
Doctor checking baby's heartbeat

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

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 mental disorders in children and understand how they are treated because they can have a significant effect on overall health and relationships throughout life. Identifying problems early can help children get the support they need. At Martin’s Point, we want to work with your family to close gaps in care.

Martin’s Point annually monitors the quality of our pediatric member’s behavioral health by claims submitted by their providers.

Sources: Children's Mental Health - CDC.gov
Mental Health by the Numbers - NAMI.org

COVID-19 STRESS & MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR TEENS

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.


How you respond depends on you background, social support, your health, your community, and many other factors. Taking care of physical and mental health during this time is important.

For young adults there are a few ways to care for themselves in small ways 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) - CDC.gov

Couple looking at laptop in living room

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.

Easily track your child's important wellness visits and recommended vaccines with the NEW Pediatric Preventive Care Checklist

 The benefits of well-care visits are the completion of full head-to-toe examination and history:
green check mark PREVENTION—including getting scheduled vaccinations
green check mark MONITORING—tracking growth and development
green check mark SCREENINGS—vision, hearing, and physical exams for school or sports
 
green check mark GUIDANCE—including safety, dental care, sleep, screen time, diet, and activity
green check mark COMMUNICATION— including raising concerns about physical and psychosocial health 

Sources: Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health CareWell-Child Visits for Infants and Young Children


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
  • Childhood Immunization Schedule: Ages 0 to 6 Years
  • Childhood Immunization Schedule: Ages 7 to 18 Years


Please visit https://www.healthwise.net/martinspoint/Content/StdDocument.aspx?DOCHWID=zj1461

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 - CDC.gov

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. In children, only 20 to 30 percent of sore throats are caused by Group A streptococcus bacterium (strep throat).

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 - CDC.gov

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

About 14 million Americans, including male and female teens, become infected with HPV each year.

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: Why Vaccinate? - CDC.gov; US Preventative Service Task Force - (USPTF); About HPV - CDC.gov

Martin’s Point Behavioral Health Pediatric Care Management Program

DID YOU KNOW? One in six children between 6-17 years of age in the US experiences a mental health disorder each year.

It is important to watch for mental disorders in children and understand how they are treated because they can have a significant effect on overall health and relationships throughout life. Identifying problems early can help children get the support they need. At Martin’s Point, we want to work with your family to close any gaps in care that may be recommended for your child. Martin’s Point annually monitors the quality of our pediatric member’s behavioral health by claims submitted by their providers.

This program is offered at no cost and is designed to support best-practice care for your 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 outreach to the family after discharge and, if needed, assist with coordination of care to assure a smooth transition.

Sources: Mental Health Stats - NAMI.org; Children's Mental Health - CDC.gov

  • 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.

MONITORING

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.


ANTI-PSYCHOTIC MEDICATIONS

Medications for the treatment of antipsychotic disorders include:

  • Aripiprazole (Abilify®)
  • Asenapine (Saphris®)
  • Brexipiprazole (Rexulti®)
  • Cariprazine (Vraylar®)
  • Chlorpromazine (Thorazine®)
  • Clozapine (Clozaril®)
  • Fluoxetine-olanzapine (Symbyax®)
  • Fluphenazine hydrochloride (Prolixin®)
  • Fluphenazine decanoate (Prolixin Decanoate®)
  • Haloperidol (Haldol®)
  • Haloperidol decanoate (Haldol Decanoate®)
  • Ilopendone (Fanapt®)
  • Loxapine
  • Lurisadone (Latuda®)
  • Molindone (Moban®)
  • Olanzapine (Zyprexa®)
  • Paliperidone (Invega®)
  • Paliperidone pamitate
  • Perphenazine (Trilafon®)
  • Perphenazine-amitriptyline (Triavil®)
  • Pimozide (Orap®)
  • Prochlorperazine (Compazine®)
  • Quetiapine fumarate (Seroquel®)
  • Risperidone (Risperdal®)
  • Thioridazine (Mellaril®)
  • Thiothixene (Navane®)
  • Trifluoperazine (Stelazine®)
  • Ziprasidone (Geodon®)

*Please contact the doctor who prescribes your child’s medication to request labs such as cholesterol and blood sugar levels if this is not already scheduled.

MONITORING

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.

ADHD MEDICATIONS

Medications for the treatment of ADHD include:

  • Atomoxetine (Strattera®)
  • Clonidine (Catapres®)
  • Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin®)
  • Dextroamphetamine (Adderall®)
  • Guanfacine (Intiniv ER®)
  • Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse®)
  • Methylphenidate (Ritalin®)
  • Methamphetamine (Desoxyn®)
There are several organizations actively engaged in helping the community with mental health challenges. 


Resources available 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) Maine
1-800-464-5767  or visit  https://www.namimaine.org/


State-specific resources include:

MAINE
Crisis Hotline and Suicide Prevention Program
1-888-568-1112
https://www.maine.gov/suicide/help/signs.htm


NEW HAMPSHIRE

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
https://www.sprc.org/states/new-hampshire


VERMONT

Suicide Prevention Center
https://vtspc.org/suicide-resources/get-help


NEW YORK

State Suicide Preventiond
https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/suicide_prevention


MASSACHUSETTS

Suicide Prevention Program
877-870-4673
https://www.mass.gov/suicide-prevention-program


PENNSYLVANIA

Care Partnership
https://www.pacarepartnership.org/resources/crisis-and-hotlines