Well child checks are opportunities to discuss your child's growth, safety, and development, as well as social and medical concerns. Newborns should be seen one week after birth, then at one, two, four, six, nine, 12, 15, and 18 months, two years, and two and half years. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends yearly exams for children age 3 and up.
At your child's Well Child Check, your child will first be seen by a medical assistant who will weigh and measure him or her. Once the child is old enough he or she will get their vision and hearing examined. You may be given a questionnaire reviewing common concerns.
When Dr. Smith comes into the examination room, she reviews your child's growth, development, vision, hearing, diet, sleep, family stresses, as well as emotional, social and medical concerns with you. Feel free to bring a list of questions that you want answered.
After obtaining the child's history, Dr. Smith does a thorough physical exam of your child. Well Child Checks often end with vaccines or finger prick blood tests that we try to recover from with a sticker or lollipop, once these are appreciated.
As children get older, the developmental assessment is replaced by reviewing any issues in school-academically or socially. Throughout the years, you will receive handouts appropriate to the age of your child, encouraging safety and reminding you of preventative health measures.
Please call to make an appointment whenever you are worried and wish your child to be seen for a health related issue. Same day appointments are always available, but it is best to call early. Please call Dr. Smith if you are not sure if you need to be seen in the office or the Emergency Room and she will discuss the situation and make a recommendation.