Here at Westchester Health, we want to make sure parents know that it’s just as important to take their children to the doctor when they are well as when they are sick. These well-child visits are not only a chance to review a child’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social development, but they’re a good time to review health issues and answer any questions our parents or young patients may have. To learn more about why we recommend annual physicals, read this blog (excerpted here) by Mason Gomberg, MD, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, can help.
At the well-child visit, healthy behaviors such as diet, sleep, social skills and physical activity will be discussed
At Westchester Health, our pediatricians use the well-child visit to discuss such issues as prevention of injury and illness, reviewing car seat and seat belt usage, safe firearm storage, fire prevention and safety, screen time, and current and up-to-date immunizations. For teens, part of the exam should be done in private between the teenager and physician, allowing the doctor to ask sensitive questions and get important answers concerning such issues as substance abuse, mental health concerns, sexual activity and puberty.
A complete physical examination, blood pressure test, and vision and hearing screens
These additional tests may also be included in your child’s annual exam: testing for anemia, lead exposure, tuberculosis, cholesterol and depression.
If you are seeing a new doctor
Make sure to bring your child’s most recent and complete immunization records and health reports, any school reports that you are concerned about, your list of questions and any school or sports forms that need to be filled out.
To schedule your well-child visit, or to learn more about why your child needs one, give us a call
If it’s time for your child’s annual well-child visit, or if you have questions about any aspect of your child’s health, please make an appointment with Westchester Health to see one of our pediatricians. We’ll examine your child, perform age-appropriate tests and screenings, administer needed vaccinations, offer advice and guidance, and answer any questions you or your child might have. Always, our #1 goal is for your child to grow up healthy and happy. Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.
To read Dr. Gomberg’s blog in full, click here.