The Importance of Well-Child Care Exams
You call your Brookline, MA, pediatrician for your child's acute illnesses or problems--that painful earache, the flu or suturing of a small laceration. However, the professional staff at Pediatrics at 1180 wants to see your child more often for what the American Academy of Pediatrics calls a well-child visit. Find out why these periodic exams are important to your child's health and well-being.
They start early
Your child's first well-child visit is in the hospital when he or she is a newborn. Then, visits continue at regular intervals throughout childhood and adolescence until age 21. Your Brookline pediatrician checks vital signs, height, weight, vision, hearing, and developmental milestones and possible delays (speech, learning, walking, puberty). Also, the doctor provides those critical immunizations, conferring protection against communicable diseases.
Additionally, well-child visits give parent and doctor opportunity to discuss:
- Safety issues (car seats, involvement in sports)
- Behavioral and learning issues
- Family dynamics
- Exercise and fitness level
- Nutrition, including information on and help with breastfeeding and bottle feeding
A place for growth and care
The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to think of their pediatrician's office as the "medical home" for their children. The doctor partners with Mom and Dad, coordinating ancillary services such as orthopedics, psychological testing, and more as needed.
Your pediatrician also maintains your child's health record all the way through college, providing physicals for sports, camp, and other extracurricular activities. The staff at Pediatrics at 1180 routinely updates health records with every well-child visit.
As your pediatrician gets to know you and your child well, he or she can anticipate a variety of care needs, including those very special needs children with emotional, developmental or physical delays or impairments have. Many times, your pediatrician can prevent larger health problems and their impact on the patient and family with some early interventions.
Partner with us
At Pediatrics at 1180, the physicians and support team offer wise and compassionate well-child care. Would you care to join us in helping your child grow into a healthy young adult? Please call our office at (617) 232-2915 for an appointment or with any question or concern you may have.