You can make appointments as far as 3 months in advance. During summer months when more children are in for well-child checks, we suggest calling at least 2 weeks in advance so we can accommodate your needs.
We will try to schedule you with whomever you identify as your primary physician. However, you are welcome to see any one of us, as we work together as a team.
We use the guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Typically, we see newborns within 1-3 days after hospital discharge. The doctor who sees your baby in the hospital will let you know when to come in for that first visit based on your child’s needs. At that visit we are primarily focusing on weight gain and signs of jaundice.
As long as there are no concerns at that visit, your child will then follow the general checkup schedule and will return at 2 weeks of life for his/her first well visit.
From there, visits are recommended at 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 and 24 months. The AAP has recently recommended an additional well visit at 2 ½ years, though not all insurance companies are covering this visit.
Well visits are recommended yearly between 3 and 5 years. After 5 years of age, the health status of your child determines if we require them to continue yearly checkups or allow them to visit every 2 years instead.
In accordance with AAP
guidelines, we usually check a child’s hemoglobin level to assess for anemia or low levels of oxygen-carrying cells in the blood between 9 and 12 months of age. Depending on your child’s risk factors, a lead level and a PPD might be performed at this time as well. At 18 and 24 months, our providers will administer a developmental screening questionnaire. This allows us to ask specific, standardized questions to help identify concerns related to autism. Around 4-5 years of age, we will ask your child to urinate in a cup so that we can perform a urinalysis to look for abnormalities that may reflect an underlying kidney problem. Also beginning around 4-5 years of age we will test your child’s hearing and vision.
Yes. You may also download the age appropriate forms on our website. If your daycare or school requires a specific form you may bring this with you at the time of your appointment and we will be happy to fill it out while you are in the office.
If you need a physical form and you have a current exam, you can contact our office and place a request for a form to be filled out by the doctor your child saw for his/her last checkup. We ask you call a week in advance for these requests. When it is ready, we will give you a call so you can pick it up. Patient
confidentiality laws prohibit us from mailing these forms to your home. Currently, there is no charge for completed physical forms.
It is best to contact your school to determine exactly what forms or testing is needed. However, we have standard school forms that we can complete during a well-child physical, along with an immunization record. We can also provide you with a form for daycare/school administration of medications. If your child has an up-to-date physical, but you need a form for school/daycare, simply contact our office to place a request. We will fill it out for you to pick up at your convenience. We do ask that you place your request about a week in advance so the physician who saw your child last has ample opportunity to sign the form.
Your provider can determine if your child will be able to receive immunizations at the time of your visit. If s/he has a fever, it is usually recommended to wait until s/he has recovered before giving immunizations. Children can usually get vaccinated if they don't have a fever even if they have a mild illness like a cold, earache, or diarrhea.
Yes. For established patients, our shot hours are 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4
p.m. daily. You do not need an appointment for a shot visit. Simply walk-in to any of our locations and let the front desk staff know your child is there to receive a shot.
We follow the guidelines for the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control with a slight variation on when we administer the Hepatitis A and B vaccine series.
In our office children generally receive their immunizations via the following schedule:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has information on side effects of all vaccines. This site also addresses many common questions about vaccine safety. In addition, it lists vaccine recommendations for travelers.
Occasionally we have samples in our office. Any time these samples are available, we are happy to provide them to you. Generally, though, we recommend that you bring your own medication with you or administer a dose at home before or after your visit. Tylenol/acetaminophen and Motrin/ibuprofen dosing recommendations can be found in our health library for your reference. If you have any questions about proper dosing, please don’t hesitate to call the office prior to medicating your child.
Generally, this assessment is done in conjunction with your child’s well checkup. All of our physicians allot additional time for addressing ADD/ADHD concerns. You will be asked to complete and return evaluations from you as well as your child’s teacher prior to his/her appointment. If you are concerned and would like for your child to be screened, please mention this when you call to schedule your appointment. This will allow us to schedule your visit appropriately as well as provide you with the additional paperwork required for this evaluation.
If you prefer, you may download our forms.
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