Posts for tag: Well Child Visits
The number one goal of parents is to make sure their little ones are healthy and have the best quality of life possible. Of course, this means having a pediatrician in which you can always turn, whether for preventive care or treatment when health problems arise. You want a pediatrician you can trust to always provide quality and individualized care for your little one time and time again.
Of course, why treat a health issue that could easily have been prevented in the first place, right? The best way to detect problems early on and to also protect your child from a variety of potentially serious health issues is by bringing them in to visit their pediatrician regularly. These checkups will occur frequently, particularly for the first few years of your little one’s life. This is because your child is reaching a lot of developmental milestones during these first few years and it’s important that you have a children’s doctor that can make sure that they are reaching these milestones.
Plus, these checkups are also important for parents, too. After all, we know that parents have a lot of questions regarding everything from their child’s nutrition to activity levels to vaccinations. While these checkups are most certainly about making sure your child is leading a healthy life it’s also important that you have all of your questions and concerns answered to promote that healthy lifestyle in your child. Make sure to write down any questions ahead of time so that you will have all of your questions addressed during your child’s next visit.
These checkups are crucial for preventing a variety of health problems and also making sure your little one gets the care and treatment they need should an issue arise. During these wellness checkups your pediatrician will monitor your child’s:
- Height and weight
- Heart rate and blood pressure
- Vision and hearing
- Reflexes and musculoskeletal system
- Lungs and heart
Your child will also have to get a series of immunizations throughout their childhood to protect against serious and potentially life-threatening health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a comprehensive vaccination schedule to make sure your child is getting all the immunizations they need.
Once your child is born it’s important that you bring them in regularly to see their doctor for checkups. After all, preventive medical care is the best way to stave off certain illnesses and injuries. Plus, these checkups also ensure that if there is a health problem present that it’s detected right away when it’s much easier to treat.
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.