We are happy to be able to provide health maintenance visits, also known as well-child visits, physicals, or check-ups to our patients. We consider this an important part of caring for your child.
The purpose of a health maintenance visit is to assess the overall health of your child as well as to give anticipatory guidance. This includes following his or her growth, development and emotional well-being, as well as screening for any hidden health problems and immunizing against certain infectious diseases.
This is the best time, rather than at sick visits, to discuss routine concerns about behavior or development. More complex or involved problems may require a separate visit to allow adequate time to address the problem thoroughly. Our goal is to provide good care while meeting all of your child’s needs.
Please try to call as far in advance as possible to schedule your child’s health maintenance visit. Make sure to tell the receptionist that you need an appointment for a well-child check-up and state your child’s age and primary physician. If you have any special concerns about your child, or if your child is having any problems, be sure to mention this when you schedule the check-up so that adequate time can be allocated. We are especially busy in July and August with school physicals, so please try to plan ahead.
If your child is sick on the day of their scheduled physical, do not cancel the appointment. The illness will be addressed at the time of the physical, though immunizations may need to be put off until the child is well.
When scheduling health maintenance visits for more than one child, it is recommended that no more than two children from the same family be scheduled for check-ups at the same visit. This is done so that each child can be given adequate time for the visit and to answer all questions.
Our routine health maintenance visits occur at these ages:
- 2 weeks
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 2 years through college (annually)
We try to meet the scheduling needs of all of our families. If you have questions when scheduling your child’s check-up, please ask the receptionist.