Aside from urgent care visits or care for unexpected illnesses, children should see their healthcare provider for regularly scheduled visits. The first pediatric care visit typically occurs when a baby is only a few days old. In most cases, visits are scheduled for babies at 1, 2, 4, 6, and 9 months old. Children should see their healthcare provider on or around their 1st birthday. After that, visits can be scheduled every 6 months, typically when children reach 15, 24, 30, and 36 months old. After age 3, well-child visits are scheduled once a year.
Parents are welcome to be with their child to help keep them calm and happy during well-child visits. The healthcare provider checks a child's height, weight, and other relevant measurements to evaluate their growth rate. Well-child visits also include a discussion of milestones like talking, crawling, and walking. If the child is due for any vaccinations, these may be administered during the visit. If parents have any specific questions or concerns about their child's health and wellness, a well-child visit is an excellent time to discuss them with the healthcare provider.
Vaccinations are strongly recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are specific vaccination schedules recommended for healthy children, and they can be modified for children who suffer from health issues that require a delay of the vaccinations. Vaccinations are the best way to protect children from developing diseases, including chickenpox, hepatitis, mumps, and measles, among others. If parents have concerns or questions about vaccinations, the Danvers Family Doctors, P.C. team is happy to help.
Tumbling and falling are part of growing up. As a parent, it may be difficult to determine when an injury is serious or it's something minor. When a child is injured, parents can call Danvers Family Doctors for guidance. Some injuries require prompt treatment at the office, others require a trip to the emergency room, and still others can be resolved with care at home. The Danvers Family Doctors, P.C. team do their best to advise parents in these situations.