Family-focused children's care in Idaho's Treasure Valley

West Valley Medical Center’s pediatricians have the expertise and advanced technology you want for your child’s care. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care to infants, children and adolescents in a comforting, friendly environment that's close to home.

For more information about our pediatric services, please call (208) 459-4641.

The pediatric surgeons, doctors and nursing staff at West Valley Medical Center are trained to care for children’s physical and emotional needs. From broken bones to behavioral health, you can count on our pediatric specialists to take excellent care of your child.

Family-focused pediatric care

As part of our commitment to providing family-focused pediatric care, our pediatricians, nurses and other medical staff take time to provide you with information about your child's medical care, and we encourage your participation in healthcare decisions.

Before your child is released from the hospital, we will work with you to make sure you know how to continue treatment at home. Our pediatric specialists also partner with your child's primary care provider to ensure they are aware of your child’s treatment.

Pediatric surgery

We understand that no parent wants to see their child undergo surgery. But when the need for surgery arises, you can be confident that your child’s care is in expert hands with our pediatric surgeons. If your child’s condition or surgery requires rehabilitation, West Valley Medical Center’s occupational therapists and physical therapists will provide treatments personalized for your child. 

Influenza (flu)

The flu is a respiratory infection that infects the nose, throat and lungs, and it can be mild or severe. A severe flu can lead to complications (such as pneumonia or bronchitis) and can be life-threatening. A child who has asthma may experience attacks with the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months old and older get the flu shot every year.

Flu symptoms

Below are symptoms of the flu:

  • Fever (you can still have the flu if you do not have a fever)
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting (more common in children)
  • Diarrhea (more common in children)

Children under five years old, and especially under two, are at increased risk for flu complications. If your child is in high-risk groups below and has flu symptoms, call your pediatrician. Seek emergency care immediately if your child:

  • Has blue or purplish skin color
  • Is so irritable that they don’t want to be held
  • Cries without tears (in infants)
  • Has a fever with a rash
  • Has trouble waking up
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Has stomach/chest pain or pressure
  • Has signs of dehydration, such as dizziness or not passing urine
  • Has confusion
  • Can’t stop vomiting or can’t drink enough fluids

Flu treatment

Flu season is October through May, however, it is possible to get the flu year-round. Most people who get the flu will get better with rest and time. Antiviral drugs taken within the first 48 hours of flu signs can lessen flu symptoms and reduce the length of time you are sick by one to two days.

If you have signs of the flu, visit your primary care physician or an urgent care facility. If you missed this time window for antiviral drugs, many of the same remedies you use for a cold may help, such as getting plenty of rest and drinking lots of liquids. Many studies suggest chicken noodle soup can help reduce cold and flu symptoms.