Well Child Visits
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and change. Yearly well-child visits track a child’s progress as they advance from a newborn to a healthy teenager. Each visit includes a physical exam, with hearing and vision screenings, to check your child’s growth and development. Your child will receive their scheduled immunizations at the right stages to help prevent illness. Nutrition and safety is also discussed as a key element of preventive care. Your doctors are also parents, so they understand the importance of preventive care to help your child develop into a healthy, happy adult.
Same-Day Sick Visits
Sick children are hard on parents. We understand! For this reason, we make every effort to schedule appointments for sick children on the same day you call. Please call in the morning if you would like to schedule a same-day sick visit. When calling, tell us your concerns so that we may determine the next best steps. To ensure safety to all of our patients, all same-day sick visits are by appointment only. Please no walk-ins.
During the first crazy, wonderful days that follow the birth of a child, it can be overwhelming to remember all of the things you need to do for that first visit in our office. To make this new time a little easier here are some important things to remember:
Contact your health insurance and/or your employer to add your new baby to your insurance policy as soon as possible. Not all insurance policies offer automatic coverage on new babies and some policies have a 30-day maximum to add the new baby to the policy.
Following your discharge from the hospital, call our office to set up a 3-5 day and circumcision, if desired, with your pediatrician. Please bring to the appointment any discharge papers including your newborn screening test car that was sent home with you from the hospital.
Please be aware that Medicaid does not cover the cost of circumcision, and you will be required to pay on the date of service. You can contact our billing department with payment questions.
If you have been instructed by your pediatrician to have a Bilirubin level check, please call our office after having this lab drawn. Please inform us of the lab/hospital location you have gone to for testing so we can call for results. We will contact you with results and any changes as soon as possible the SAME DAY. If you have not heard from us within 2 hours of testing, please call our office.
Sports Physical Evaluation
Acute and Chronic Illnesses
Comfort Care Pediatrics strongly recommends following the routine vaccine schedule and guidelines approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Countless studies have shown that vaccines are safe, effective, and play a vital role in protecting the health of the individual patient and the community.
The Importance of Well Child Visits
In a baby’s first year, every month brings changes. During well-baby visits, our pediatricians will check for proper growth and development and answer your questions about eating, sleeping, vaccinations, and any other concerns you may have. Our doctors check your baby’s weight, length, and head circumference at each visit to ensure they’re gaining a healthy amount of weight and growing as expected. At each appointment, you will learn if your child is meeting the developmental milestones established by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
When Should My Baby First See a Pediatrician
The first visit is typically 2-3 days after bringing the baby home from the hospital unless otherwise directed by your pediatrician. Then follow up visits as needed until the baby reaches birth weight.
After that, preventative well visits should occur at the following ages:
- 2 weeks
- 2 months (vaccines)
- 4 months (vaccines)
- 6 months (vaccines)
- 9 months
- 1 year (vaccines)
- 15 months (vaccines)
- 18 months (vaccines)
- 2 years
- 2 ½ years
- 3 years
- 4 years (vaccines)
- Annually thereafter
It is important to continue to schedule your children for yearly examinations through 18 years of life. We follow your child’s growth and maturation through puberty, as well as their mental health. We will help them, and you, navigate the changes and stressors of adolescence. All with the goal of them becoming successful adults.