Well Child Exam Specialist

Patrick County Family Practice

Family Physicians & Aesthetics Specialists located in Stuart, VA

Well-child exams provide the medical care every child needs to be sure they grow and develop at a healthy pace. The compassionate team at Patrick County Family Practice in Stuart, Virginia, has the remarkable ability to connect with children and teens, even those who are anxious or uncommunicative. As a result, each child gets the preventive health care they need to thrive. To schedule a well-child exam today, call Patrick County Family Practice or use the online booking feature.

Well Child Exam Q & A

Why does my child need routine well-child exams?

Well-child exams make sure that your child is healthy, growing, and gaining weight at a pace that’s expected for their age. During these important exams, your child’s vision and hearing are also checked, and they’re evaluated for any sign of a health problem.

During a well-child exam, the team at Patrick County Family Practice can screen your child for nutritional deficiencies and developmental disorders like ADD or ADHD, as well as autism.

The well-child exam is also an ideal time for parents to ask questions. Whether you’re not sure about a safety issue, you need help with a picky eater or potty training, or you’re worried about emotional and behavioral problems, this is your time to talk with the team at Patrick County Family Practice.

How often should I schedule well-child exams?

The American Academy of Pediatrics has developed guidelines for well-child care. At Patrick County Family Practice, they follow these recommendations for screenings and assessments.

Newborns should have a well-child exam their first week, then get six more examinations over their first year. Well-child exams are subsequently scheduled at 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, and 30 months. Then, beginning at age 3, children should come in for a well-child exam every year until they reach age 21

When will my child receive immunizations?

Immunizations are administered on a regular schedule that’s established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Following the schedule is important because some vaccinations require more than one shot. Additionally, each shot must be given at regular intervals to build up your child’s immunity. Sticking with the schedule also ensures your child is up-to-date and prepared to enter school.

Vaccinations administered throughout childhood and adolescence protect your child from contagious diseases such as:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Chickenpox
  • Whooping cough
  • Hepatitis
  • Tetanus
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

If you have any questions or concerns about vaccinations, call and talk with your child’s doctor at Patrick County Family Practice.

What are developmental milestones?

Developmental milestones are a set of skills that most children can do at a specific age range. Milestones are used to determine whether your child’s language, movement, social, emotional, and cognitive skills are progressing at an age-appropriate rate.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened at 9, 18, and 24 or 30 months of age, or any time you’re concerned about your child’s progress.

If you have questions about your child’s health or development, call Patrick County Family Practice or schedule a well-child exam today using the online booking feature.