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What is a wellness visit?
While you should bring your child into the doctor’s office when they are sick, this isn’t the only time that they should be visiting a pediatrician. Regular wellness visits allow your child’s doctor to continue to monitor their health and development throughout their childhood and teen years. A wellness or well-child visit typically involves:
- Recording your child’s height and weight
- Providing a detailed medical history of your child
- Checking vital signs
- Hearing and vision screenings (depending on the age)
- A full physical examination (painless and non-invasive)
- Additional testing or blood work, if necessary
- Vaccinations, as needed
- Answer any questions that the parent may have about their child’s health and provide information and advice on ways to keep your child healthy
Furthermore, children will need to go through a series of vaccines during the first few years of life. Vaccines are one of the best ways to protect your child from serious and potentially life-threatening diseases such as polio. By keeping up with your child’s wellness and vaccine schedule you ensure that you are providing your child with everything that they need to stay healthy.
Why are wellness visits so important?
As you can probably assume already, these checkups are the best way to prevent health problems from happening in the first place (which we can all agree is so much better than just treating the problem once it comes along). Other benefits of wellness visits include:
- Providing parents with support, peace of mind, and advice regarding everything from sleep schedules and diet to medications and behavioral concerns.
- Catch problems early on, whether physical, mental or behavioral, when they can easily be managed and treated through simpler and less invasive treatment options
- Having a doctor that becomes an important part of your family; someone you can trust and rely on to always be there for your child. After all, knowing that you have a doctor that you can turn to in an emergency is invaluable.
Getting Regular Check-ups
These check-ups are also important for parents, as it gives them a chance to ask questions they may have about their child’s sleeping and eating habits, or other behaviors their child may be displaying. During your child’s regular pediatric checkups, your doctor will check your child’s height, weight, vision, and hearing. These visits begin within the first five days after birth and will continue at:
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 24 months old
- 30 months old
- 3 years old
Looking for a pediatrician? Need to schedule your child’s next check-ups? Our pediatric team is here to address any questions and concerns you may have. From immunizations to sports injuries, we handle it all.
Preventive care is an excellent way to maintain optimal health, as it allows a doctor to help you prevent serious health issues by addressing problems as soon as they develop. Here at Southwestern Pediatrics in Maricopa, AZ, our skilled providers offer adult care to help you achieve your best health possible—read on to learn more.
Adult Primary Care
Adult primary care can encompass many aspects of your health, including treatment for acute illnesses and injuries, help in managing the symptoms of chronic conditions, and the prevention of health problems. It also involves educating and counseling patients about how to best care for themselves to ensure optimal health. For example, during a primary care visit, your provider can discuss diet and exercise recommendations to help lower blood pressure.
A significant advantage to having a primary care provider is that you are partnering with an experienced medical professional who is familiar with your medical history and can help you maintain your best health. When you do not have a primary care doctor and have to rely on urgent or emergency care when ill, it can be much more expensive.
Conversely, periodically seeing a provider for adult care at our clinic in Maricopa is a great way to establish rapport with a physician who can promptly address health issues and help you maintain good health. Whether you have come down with the flu or another illness and need immediate treatment or could benefit from assistance managing a chronic condition, our experienced providers are here to help.
Look to Us for Care
Regularly seeing a doctor for adult primary care is one of the best steps you can take toward preventing health issues and promoting better health overall. To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, call Southwestern Pediatrics in Maricopa, AZ, at (520) 568-9500.
What Occurs During a Well-Child Care Exam
In the first years of their lives, children seem to grow and change a little every day, developing new habits, gaining inches and pounds and learning new words and movements. At Southwestern Pediatrics in Maricopa, we are there to care for your child every step of the way.
During a Well-Child Care Exam at our office, Dr. Anthony DiGeorge will make sure your child is in good health, current on immunizations, and on the right track developmentally. Here is what you can expect during a Well Child visit:
Physical examination: Your provider will record your child's height and weight and perform tests on their hearing and vision, as well as taking vitals and measuring head circumference. If your child's doctor has any concerns, they may schedule testing or a follow-up appointment.
Assessment: Your child's doctor will go over how your child is sleeping and eating, and discuss any concerns you have with their physical health, behavior or development. We can offer you information and advice on a number of common issues, such as helping your child eat healthy, participate in enough physical activity, reduce screen time and practice good hygiene.
Immunizations: It is recommended that your child have a series of immunizations, starting from birth and continuing through age 18. These immunizations are crucial for preventing illness or spreading viruses. Your pediatrician at our Maricopa office will help you keep track of what immunizations your child needs and at what age.
Recommended immunizations include measles, meningitis, hepatitis B, rotavirus, tetanus, and influenza vaccines. If your child is age 9 and older, your pediatrician will likely speak with you about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. You can expect your child to need more frequent immunizations in their first few years, with the numbers tapering off as they age.
If it's time for your child's Well Care Exam, call our office in Maricopa, AZ, today at (520) 568-9500.
As soon as your baby is born but before they leave the hospital, they will need to undergo a hearing screening (most hospitals perform a hearing screening but it’s also a good idea to ask). Congenital hearing loss, which occurs at birth, affects less than 1 percent of newborns; however, it is also possible for hearing loss to develop later during a child’s life, which is why routine hearing screenings are necessary for all children.
Once they leave the hospital, it’s now your pediatrician’s responsibility to provide hearing screenings and other tests and treatments that your child will need until they turn 18 years old. Your pediatrician will be an asset to your child’s health and you will work closely with them, so it’s important that you choose a pediatrician that you trust and value.
Why are hearing screenings necessary for newborns?
As soon as your child is born one of the ways in which they will receive and interpret information is through what they hear; therefore, if they have problems hearing then they may also deal with other problems including delays in language development and speech problems.
By detecting hearing problems early on your pediatrician can provide early interventions including hearing aids or other treatment options to ensure that your child reaches these important and necessary developmental milestones.
Of course, if your child responds to your voice or responds to noises then you may think that their hearing is fine, but this isn’t always the case. There may still be certain noises that they can’t hear properly and sometimes even these minor hearing issues can still affect language and speech.
Should my child’s hearing be assessed regularly?
Even if your baby passes their first hearing screening it’s still important that you turn to a pediatrician for routine checkups. Most hearing screenings usually don’t warrant a separate trip to the office, which means that your child’s hearing will be assessed during regular wellness visits.
Of course, if your newborn has certain risk factors that could affect their hearing it’s important that you share these factors with your pediatrician. These factors include:
- A family history of hearing loss
- Facial deformities
- Postnatal infections
- Premature birth
Finding a knowledgeable and trustworthy pediatrician before your baby is born is one of the most important things soon-to-be parents can do. Let our team provide your little one with the quality care they need to grow up healthy and strong.