Well-Baby / Well-Child Visits
Pediatric well-baby/well-child visits are most frequent when the child's development is most rapid. Each visit includes a complete physical examination. This will assess the infant or young child's growth and development and help identify problems early. Preventive care is important for raising healthy children.
Well-Baby visits are key times for communication. Special attention is paid to whether the infant has met the normal developmental milestones. The height, weight and head circumference is recorded on a graph, which the health care provider keeps with the infant's chart. Nutrition is discussed at every visit. For children over age two, a BMI (Body Mass Index) is calculated. There are several schedules for routine Well-Baby visits. The schedule we follow is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is given below.
Vaccines protect children by helping prepare their bodies to fight off serious, and potentially, deadly diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases have a costly impact which can lead to multiple doctor's visits, hospitalizations, premature deaths and loss of parental work days.
Some parents may hesitate to have their kids vaccinated because they're worried that their children will have a serious reaction or may get the illness the vaccine is supposed to prevent. Some vaccines may cause mild reactions, such as soreness and redness where the shot was given, or fever, but serious reactions are rare. The risks of vaccinations are small compared with the health risks associated with the diseases they're intended to prevent! There have been multiple studies which have concluded that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Disease prevention is the key to public health. It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it. Vaccines prevent disease in the people who receive them and protect those who come into contact with unvaccinated individuals. Vaccines help prevent infectious diseases and save lives! Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in the country, including polio, measles, chicken pox, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) infections and the leading causes of meningitis and hepatitis.
Vaccines prevent serious and life-threatening diseases, but immunity from some childhood vaccines can decrease over time. In addition, as children reach their adolescent years they are at greater risk for getting certain types of diseases, such as Human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal meningitis. If by age 11 or 12 a child hasn't had the vaccines listed below, it's recommended they be vaccinated.