Well Visits (Newborn-Age 3)
Bringing your child in for regular wellness exams is an important part of his/her healthcare. Our practice follows the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommended schedule for well child care. During the first three years of life, our primary focus during well visits is to monitor each child’s growth and development, identify and treat developmental or medical problems, give routine childhood immunizations, and provide education and guidance to parents. Topics we commonly discuss include nutrition, sleep questions, speech development, toilet training, school readiness, sibling and family issues, as well as the normal developmental expectations for each stage of early childhood. Please schedule well in advance in order to choose the date and time that works best for you.
Annual Checkup (Ages 3-20)
Beginning at age 3, we would like to see each child for an annual physical exam. This is a comprehensive exam where, in addition to medical problems and management, we explore how our patients are progressing in other important areas: at home, in school, and with friends. During middle school and teenage years we pay particular attention to each child's academic progress, social development, and emotional adjustment. Although most insurance plans cover an annual physical, you should contact your carrier to determine whether your coverage is based on the plan year or the calendar year. Whenever possible, a parent should accompany a child under 18 years of age to well visits to facilitate first-hand communication between provider and parent, and to authorize the necessary immunizations. A caregiver's permission is acceptable at either a sick or well visit only if a parent has authorized treatment and completed the: