Well Baby, Well Child, and Teen Checkup Schedule
Why does my child need well checkups?
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and change. Well checkups are scheduled most frequently when your child is developing rapidly. Each visit includes a complete physical examination. This will assess your baby or young child's growth and development and help identify problems early. Height, weight, and other important information is recorded and considered. Hearing, vision, and other tests will be a part of some visits. Preventive care is important for raising healthy children.
Well child checkups are also key times for communication. Our doctors or nurse practitioners will give you information about normal development, nutrition, sleep, safety, and other important information for your consideration.
We pay special attention to whether or not your baby has met normal developmental milestones. Your child's height, weight and head circumference will be recorded on a graph and kept with your child's chart.
Since well child visits are generally made when your child has no specific health issues, these visits are a great time for you to discuss your child's growth and development in general. You will find that you can make the most of these visits by writing down questions and concerns as you think of them before the visit and bring them with you.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends yearly checkups for children and adolescents through 21 years of age.
Pre teens and teenagers also experience rapid growth and many physical, mental, and emotional changes. Even if your teen visits the doctor frequently, a yearly checkup is still needed. During a routine checkup, weight, height and blood pressure is evaluated. Vision and hearing may be tested. In addition to performing a complete physical exam, providers will discuss your teen’s growth and development, answer questions, address concerns, and provide guidance in areas such as exercise, healthy food choices, discipline, safety, developing independence, and accepting additional responsibilities.
Teens should begin to take responsibility for their own health just as they take on new responsibilities in other areas of their life. In recognition of this, we continue to work with parents, but at older ages will begin to see teens alone.
Teens will always be encouraged to talk to their parents about their health concerns but in some cases, teens may share sensitive information with their health care provider. Except in emergencies or very serious situations, confidential information can not be shared without the teen’s permission.
- Same day visits for acute illnesses
- Acne treatment
- Monitoring of chronic illnesses such as asthma, allergies, or eating disorders
- Foreign Body Removal
- Pelvic Exams
- Pap Smears
- Breast Exams
- Birth Control services
- Wart treatments
- Ear Piercing
Psychological and Educational Testing and Advice:
- ADHD evaluations with continuous monitoring for progress
- Psychological testing and advice
- Classroom Observations
- Gifted testing
- Kindergarten readiness testing
- Developmental evaluation
- College disability evaluations