WELL CHILD CARE
Beach Kids Pediatrics recommends that you bring your child in for
regular visits to help keep your child healthy.
WHY SCHEDULE A WELL VISIT?
Well-child visits are the cornerstone of health and wellness for your child. These visits give you the opportunity to get to know your child’s pediatrician and for the doctor to get to know you and your child and assess their growth, development, and general health. Your child’s development will be assessed at each well visit in the first 5 years of life.
When children are ill, it is much harder to assess their developmental and social skills. They usually do not want to show off their new walking skills nor do they relate as well to the doctor as they do when they are feeling well. That is why a sick appointment for an ear infection is not a replacement for a well visit.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR CHILD’S WELLNESS EXAM
Childhood is a time of rapid growth. One of our jobs as your child’s primary care doctor is to track growth (height and weight) and development to make sure your child is reaching his or her milestones. We will also perform other routine exams to make sure your child is healthy, including:
These screenings are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and provide baseline information about the overall health of your child. The results become part of your child’s medical records.
At your baby’s well checks, we will discuss safety measures that are recommended by the AAP and the CDC. At Beach Kids Pediatrics, one of our top priorities is educating parents on the prevention of injury. As your little one grows, the safety concerns change. We will provide literature on valuable safety information such as:
- Safe sleep for babies
- Childproofing your home
- Car seat and booster seat requirements
- Properly fitted helmets for biking
- Sunscreen use
- Teaching children water safety and how to swim
TIPS ON STAYING HEALTHY
At Beach Kids Pediatrics, we love to see your children thriving, growing and developing to their best potential. We have a few tips for keeping your precious little ones healthy at home including:
- Maintaining a well-balanced diet, offering plenty of fruits and vegetables at meals and snack time
- Making sure your child is active as much as he/she can be and hydrated
- Limiting screen time with TVs and devices
- Limiting candy, sodas and high fat foods
- Brushing teeth twice daily
The sniffles will come and go, but starting healthy habits and routines early will last a lifetime.
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