Well-child visits provide important information about your child’s growth and development. At St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group in Lynwood, California, family practitioner Jatin Bhatt, MD, and pediatrician Chong Tak, MD, provide routine well-child visits to monitor your child’s health, provide appropriate screenings, and keep vaccinations up to date. These visits can also provide you with the information necessary to help keep your child as healthy as possible at each stage of life. Call today to schedule your child’s well-child visit or request an appointment online.
The primary purpose of well-child visits is to identify potential health issues as early as possible, so your child can get the care they need to thrive. Well-child visits also give Dr. Tak an idea of whether your child’s growth is on track and help you understand how you can help your son or daughter enjoy a high quality of life.
Well-child visits are also a good time for you to ask questions about your child’s health or behavior, especially if you have concerns. Dr. Tak happily discusses issues like sleep, diet, or other lifestyle considerations with you to help you nurture your child’s well-being.
Well-child visits help you and your child create a strong relationship with a trusted provider. You can rest assured that the doctor knows your child’s baseline health and is available to offer assistance if an emergency, illness, or other concerns arise.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends your child have a wellness exam every few months, based on the child’s age and health history, up until your child reaches the age of 2.
After age 2, Dr. Tak recommends an annual wellness exam to monitor growth, development, and health. Children with chronic health issues may require more frequent visits.
The team at St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group begins a well-child visit by reviewing the medical and personal history of the child. They’ll also take general vitals, like height, weight, blood pressure (depending on age), body temperature, and rate of respiration.
As part of your child’s general physical exam, Dr. Tak assesses the general skin health and overall appearance of your child. He evaluates the ear, nose, and throat area and checks your child’s reflexes. Dr. Tak also feels the abdominal area for signs of swelling or other internal issues and listens to their heart. He also does an examination of your child’s external genitalia. Some visits may include on-site hearing and vision screening exams.
Your child may also undergo non-invasive evaluations for behavioral conditions or developmental disorders, like autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Any vaccinations or boosters needed are administered to protect your child from a devastating illness. You’re given a complete rundown of which vaccines are being administered and details about their purpose and possible short-term effects.
If you’re ready to schedule your child’s wellness check, call St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group to set up an appointment or request one online.