One of the greatest joys in pediatrics is the opportunity to partner with you for health maintenance examinations, following the Bright Futures Guidelines and the schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. From newborns to late teens we allot ample time to discuss growth and development, healthy choices, general care and anticipatory guidance.
Well Child Care
Let’s partner in monitoring your child’s growth and development and keeping your child healthy.
|Well Visit Checkup Schedule|
|1-3 days after hospital discharge|
|Newborn 1-2 weeks|
|2 and a half years|
The schedule for well visits is listed in the adjacent table. Many of our patients like to see the same provider, when possible, for checkups, while others like to rotate and meet us all. We leave the choice to you. We schedule well visits up to 3 months in advance, and for infants the next appointment is scheduled when you leave each checkup. For older children and teens many parents schedule checkups around their child’s birthday, while it seems that many others wait for the spring and summer, making that a very busy time to get the appointments and providers you prefer. Please plan ahead and call in advance, especially if you know forms for school or camp are required.
Take Advantage of Our Unique ON LINE INTAKE for Well Visits
From home, on our patient portal, you will see the intake form(s) for the appropriate age attached to your child’s upcoming appointment. Up to 5 days in advance we ask you to complete the questionnaire and submit, which will place your answers securely right into your child’s chart. Our patients find this very convenient and efficient and we have found the information we receive is more complete and collaborative when done from home. We therefore have more time during the visit to discuss the important issues and concerns and be sure all your questions are answered.
Starting at age 11 we ask our tweens and teens to complete the intake themselves (there is still also a section for parents!) from home. This promotes independence and responsibility and allows the teens to bring up issues that are of concern to them as they begin the process of taking ownership of their health care and health care choices. See our teen section about confidentiality issues and teen services.
What to Expect at Well Visits:
Babies: We will take a detailed history about feeding, sleep development and any concerns you have. We will measure and weigh, plot a growth curve, examine, do developmental screens and give immunizations following the AAP schedule. Click here for more information about vaccines and the immunization schedule. (For all ages) We apply fluoride every 6 months after the first tooth eruption and use a photoscreener for vision assessment starting at 18 months.
Children: We will take a detailed history including social, developmental and school issues, nutrition, and any concerns. Measurements, growth chart, BMI, blood pressure, and an exam are always done. A finger prick for anemia, hearing and vision screens, and immunizations are done at the appropriate ages. Lipid screening is done at age 9.
Teens: We will take a history from the parent regarding any concerns, and then have the teen complete the intake. Beginning around age 10-11 we prepare the teen to be examined without the parent present and will discuss things in confidence, encouraging dialogue. School, social, and risky behaviors are addressed. An exam is done along with any other recommended procedures and immunizations. We gather information needed to complete sports forms and do depression screens, alcohol use screens, and screen our older teens for STIs per the AAP guidelines.
Please remember to bring any school, sports, or camp forms that need to be completed. These will be done free of any additional charge if they are brought to the checkup.