for parents

Healthy Check-Ups

Even when your child is healthy they need to come in at regular intervals to get checked for growth and developmental milestones. At well child check ups we will talk about your child’s diet, healthy habits such as brushing their teeth and what to anticipate as they get older. By checking your child when they are healthy and seeing them regularly we can often identify potential problems before they become difficult to address. These healthy visits are also a good time for your child to receive their shots that will help protect them against serious and potentially harmful illnesses.

the first year

  • 3 - 5 days
  • 2 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months

the second year

  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months

three to eighteen years

  • annually

Illness Care

Part of growing up is getting sick. Many children, especially those under the age of 5, experience 8 or more colds/illnesses a year. With all those days of coughing, fever and runny nose it is hard to know when your child needs to come in to get checked. If you feel your child needs to be checked then call to make an appointment. Here are a few guidelines about when your child needs to be seen.

Infants less than 3 months old that develop a fever higher than 100.4 F (rectal) need to be seen immediately due to their young age and less strong immune systems. If a fever greater than 100.4 F (rectal) happens when the office is closed it is important to bring your infant to the closest urgent care or emergency room. If the office is open please call us right away and we will advise you on the appropriate course of action.

Babies that are older than 3 months need to be checked if they have had a fever greater than 3 days (72 hours), have a rash longer than 1-2 days, have any difficulty breathing or you are concerned about their condition. Please call our office for an appointment so we can help your child feel better quickly.

Children that have a fever greater than 101 F for more than 3-4 days (72-96 hours) also need to come in for an appointment to rule out common childhood illness such as ear infections or other infectious diseases. A child also needs to come in after 1-2 days (24 to 48 hours) if they have a sore throat and fever/chills, a rash, discharge coming out of their eyes or ear pain to aid in their diagnosis and to receive appropriate treatment for their illnesses.