Well Child Visits Specialist

Northeast Pediatric Associates PA

A Private Pediatric Practice located in Northeast San Antonio, TX, Northcentral San Antonio, TX, Schertz, TX & Castroville, TX

Preventing your child from getting sick is much better than seeing them miserable and in pain with a preventable illness. The Northeast Pediatric Associates PA team offers well-child visits for children of all ages at their offices in Castroville, Schertz, and San Antonio, Texas. These well-child visits enable the doctor to detect any abnormalities before they turn into serious health problems. Call the office nearest you today or book your child’s visit online to find out more about the benefits of well-child visits.

Well Child Visits Q & A

What are well-child visits?

Well-child visits are a form of preventive medicine. They monitor your child’s physical and mental health and development to identify problems at the earliest possible stage.

When you first have a baby, your doctor at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA will suggest that you bring them in quite often. As the child grows, well-child visits become less frequent. Once your child is 2, they should have a well-child visit once a year.

What are the goals of a well-child visit?

Young children develop very quickly. Working with your doctor at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA ensures that your child keeps up with the developmental milestones recommended for their age.

Well-child visits are an ideal opportunity for you and your doctor to discuss issues like:

  • Nutrition
  • Safety
  • Weaning
  • Sleeping
  • Potty training
  • Social behavior
  • How your child learns

Your doctor records your child’s height and weight and measures their head at each well-child visit to make sure that they’re growing consistently. These records help to identify problems like childhood obesity before they become a health risk.

You can also discuss concerns you have about your child, from their physical health to behavioral problems. Your doctor can put your mind to rest about many of these issues or offer expert advice on dealing with particular difficulties. They can also investigate further if they think it’s necessary.

Does my child have a physical exam at their well-child visit?

After the initial consultation, your doctor does a physical exam and several tests. These include:

  • Heart and lung exam
  • Reflexes
  • Hip and leg inspections
  • Eye exam
  • Ear exam
  • Mouth exam
  • Skin exam
  • Stomach taps (percussion)

Your doctor is looking for abnormalities in your child’s musculoskeletal system and organs. They look for signs of infections (like thrush — a fungal infection — in your baby’s mouth) and rashes and check to see if the child’s teeth are coming in as they should.

At the end of their well-child visit, your child gets their next scheduled set of vaccines.

To find out more about well-child visits, contact Northeast Pediatric Associates PA. They sometimes have same-day appointments available, so call their office today or schedule a consultation online.