Well Exam Visits / Vaccines

Getting a child their wellness checkup is a very serious matter. Their health depends on the vaccines, and prevent childhood disease care that doctors give to keep them living long and healthy lives. When kids come to see the pediatrician for a wellness visit, they are given a routine examination and immunizations when necessary. It is important that parents take their children to every scheduled visit so that their vaccinations stay on track and potential health problems can be spotted and treated early on.

When Should Your Baby Start To See A Doctor?

An infant should start seeing a pediatrician two weeks after birth. Whatever vaccines that they did not get before leaving the hospital, they will get at that time according to a vaccination schedule.

When you arrive in our office for the first time, be prepared to fill out paperwork. You can save yourself a little time spent in our waiting room by filling out New Patient forms at home and bringing them with you.

One of our skilled, caring pediatric nurses will weigh your baby and take his or her measurements and temperature. Once that is done, it’s time for the pediatrician to exam the baby entirely. Your baby’s reflexes will be tested to ensure responsiveness, and the eyes, ears, limbs, skin, and nose will be checked thoroughly.

If your baby boy was circumcised, his penis will be examined for infection. You will also see the doctor check the infant for hernias, jaundice, and look closely at the umbilical cord. You will get lots of information about different types of formulas and breastfeeding. A well-baby checkup is a great opportunity to ask the pediatrician any questions you might have, so we recommend you bring a list!

What Is the Schedule for Vaccines?

Right after birth, your child will get a hepatitis B shot. Once they are two months old they get another hepatitis B, rotavirus, diphtheria, tetanus, DTaP, Hib, IPV, and PCV. When the child turns four months old they receive the next dosage of IPV, PCV, RV, DTaP, and Hib. At six months, the baby is getting the yearly flu vaccine, and the third dosage of Hib, DTaP, PCV, RV (if needed), and the final dosage of hepatitis B. With all these shots pediatricians recommend having Tylenol on hand because the baby might run a mild fever and the immunization spot might be sore. Lead screening and a tuberculosis test may also be done. Once your child turns 12 months old it’s time for another round of shots. They are given a fourth dose of PCV, and first dose of MMR, varicella, and a dose of hepatitis A. We use the vaccination schedule on this page, which is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Early intervention such as regular well baby checkups and vaccinations helps keep babies healthy and safe from diseases. Let us be your partner in giving your little one a healthy start!

cimg2We strongly believe that maintaining the health and monitoring the growth and development of your child is of vital importance. In order to accomplish this, we recommend the following schedule as set by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

 

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