Well Child Checkup

Well Child Checkup
Well child checkups and exams help to make sure that your child is growing and progressing as they should. At Comprehensive Pediatric Care, Dr. Ghavami can assist Ridgewood, New Jersey area parents and children by providing these important exams.

Well Child Checkup Q & A

by Zia Ghavami, M.D.

What is a well-child checkup?

A well-child checkup is performed to assess the growth and health of a child. This is very important during the early stages of development. A complete physical exam is a part of each well-child checkup. These help to prevent issues from going unnoticed. Dr. Ghavami will record the child's height, weight, and head circumference as well as other metrics as they grow. Hearing and vision can also be examined during these checkups. These checkups are important even for healthy children however they can help to prevent issues and assist the child with learning how to sustain his or her health throughout life.

What information is provided at a well-child visit?

During the exam, parents will receive information about:

  • Sleep
  • Safety
  • Childhood diseases
  • Growth and development

Before the exam, writing down a list of questions or concerns can be very beneficial for parents. Dr. Ghavami will compare the child’s development to normal milestones. Information collected is saved in the child's pediatric medical record. These metrics are used to determine if the child’s development is on schedule and can help to identify areas of concern. Dr. Ghavami will also likely discuss additional health topics such as education, family relationships and well-being, and access to community services.

How should the visits be scheduled?

Well-child checkups will usually start when the child has reached 2 or 3 days old. Dr. Ghavami may extend this time until the child is 1 to 2 weeks old if the parents have had other children. After these visits, it is recommended that parents bring their child regularly according to the schedule below:

  • One month
  • Two months
  • Four months
  • Six months
  • Nine months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • Two years
  • 2 1/2 years
  • Three years
  • Then each year up till age 21

Well-child checkups might be conducted more often if there are other concerns or if special care is needed for the child.

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