Are you curious as to what happens at a well-child visit at Fall Hill Pediatrics? We focus on making this a family friendly practice and that goes for the appointment as well. We love our patients and their families and want to be there with them during the entire process.
Here are some general things that will happen at each well-child visit, whether the child is 9 months or 13:
- We will examine your child from head to toe to make sure that he/she is healthy, that they are growing properly and that they are developing normally.
- The nurse will measure your child’s height (or length, if they are not yet standing), weight and head circumference and compare it to a growth chart.
- Other routine procedures include: take your child’s temperature, examine their eyes, ears and mouth, listen to the heart and check their genitals.
- If your child is due for a vaccination, they will likely get it at a well-child visit. Download our personal vaccine schedule.
- We will ask you questions about your child to make sure that they are reaching developmental milestones on target, getting enough sleep, eating healthfully and behaving in age-appropriate ways. This is also the perfect time for you to ask any questions that you might have as well, so take advantage of having your child’s doctor’s undivided attention.
Here are some things that will happen at a well-visit that are more age dependent:
- Preschoolers are at the age where they are learning new things everyday, so we focus a lot on asking them questions and examining their social skills. We ask questions like: What color is mommy’s shirt? Show me how high you can jump or can you stand on one foot?
- For kindergarten, we want to see how the child can sit, listen and follow directions. We will ask things like, if they know any letters and if they can spell and write their name. There is also some blood work that can often be done with a finger poke in the office.
- At the elementary school age, we like to ask about school, how they are doing and if they have after school activities. Screen time plays a large role at this age, so we always encourage families to limit screen time to no more than 1 hour per school day and to work on setting an electronic curfew. This means all media gets turned off at a specific time, usually an hour or two before bedtime. The physical exam at this age will include your child being checked for scoliosis.
- Middle school is often when puberty begins and pimples start. Although not dangerous, it can really bother teens so discussing skin care may happen during the well-visit. Again media safety, including internet and cell phone use is talked about, as we want to make ground rules at a younger age.
These are just some general items that may happen during a well-visit at Fall Hill Pediatrics. It’s very important to stay on top of these well-visits, as your child ages, we want to make sure they are developing normally. To book a well-visit at Fall Hill Pediatrics, contact us at 540-899-2555. For more information about our office hours, visit our website.