Pediatrics Q & A
Children from infancy through the teenage years have special medical needs that require skilled care and attention. As a top provider of pediatrics care in New York, NY, Maiden Lane Medical offers optimized care for kids of all ages, helping every child enjoy optimal health and wellness as they grow into adulthood.
How often does my child need to have a pediatrics visit?
Just like adults, children should see the doctor once a year for an annual checkup to ensure they’re growing and developing properly. Annual exams also provide kids from infancy through the teen years with the medical screenings, tests and evaluations they need to look for early signs of disease or other problems as well as evaluate for risk factors that could make them more prone to diseases in the future, as well as the immunizations they need to prevent diseases and illnesses. Plus, having an annual pediatric checkup helps kids understand their health needs and provides them with the information they need to lead healthier lives now and in adulthood while also establishing healthy patterns of medical care. And of course, children should also have office visits if they’re sick, injured, have allergies or require immunizations or exams for school or sports.
What happens during a pediatric checkup?
Pediatric checkups or well visits begin with a review of the child’s health history and any current symptoms or issues the child may have. Next, blood pressure, height and weight are recorded and general examinations are performed, including listening to the heart and lungs with a stethoscope, evaluating the ears, eyes and throat, gently palpating the neck and belly for signs of tenderness or swelling, and examining the joints for signs of pain or stiffness. Vaccinations also can be provided as needed, and children or their parents will receive important guidance to help the child stay healthy and lead a healthier lifestyle. Additional testing or evaluations by specialists may also be recommended based on the results of the exam, your child’s age or other factors. And of course, there will be plenty of time for children and parents to ask health-related questions.
How can I tell which immunizations my child needs to stay healthy?
Immunizations guidelines are established by medical associations and government health agencies. Schools and other organizations may have additional vaccination requirements. Out staff recommends vaccinations based on these guidelines to help parents ensure their kids have the “tools” they need to fight off diseases and stay healthy through childhood and beyond.