What’s included in a well check? Where should we start?
Well check exams have kind of morphed from the check-ups of long ago. There was a day when a checkup was just a complete physical exam with a little bit of guidance on the side. There was always extra time to bring up issues that did not really “fit” into a checkup. The well child checks of today are quite different. They are more like a well scripted combination of a physical exam, screenings for various risk or problems, and even a mini counseling session, all wrapped up into one appointment. Our providers have a full agenda for well checks of any and all ages. We must do the complete, head to toes, in-depth exam, routine diagnostic screenings, behavioral/developmental/safety screenings, discuss all findings for all of the above, and then provide anticipatory guidance on what to expect with your child until the next checkup. Oops, and let’s not forget to talk about any vaccines to be given. After all this, we like to have time to answer any questions that came up as a result of the visit.
Because there is now so much that must be addressed at each well child visit, we ask that you limit your questions and concerns for this visit to issues relevant to this visit. We understand that sometimes it’s hard to distinguish what is relevant or appropriate for a well visit and what needs its own appointment. You can talk to your medical assistant at the beginning of the visit to determine what issues can be thoroughly addressed at a well child visit, or what will likely need a visit on its own to be properly addressed. Some questions your medical assistant may be able to answer for you, or give you hand-outs on the topic. If your child has a chronic problem, such as frequent headaches, chronic back pain, repetitive injuries, etc, feel free to call our advice line. The medical assistants can help you decide when an appointment is necessary and what kind of information to bring to make the appointment as efficient as possible.
Babies and Toddlers and Kids, Oh My!
Well Child exams (check-ups) are an important part of your child’s health. This is a chance for the doctor to be sure your baby is healthy and growing appropriately, is reaching developmental milestones, and is a great time for you to ask questions or discuss any concerns you may have. This link will take you to the recommended schedule for well visits and vaccines for all ages. Vaccine Schedule and Info >
Not just for babies!
When one mentions “pediatrics,” it conjures the images of infants and small children. In fact, the field of pediatrics includes individuals up to 18 years of age. No question that infants and children need routine checkups, but the adolescent and teen groups are not to be forgotten or ignored.
During the adolescent stage, one is transitioning from childhood into the teen years. This transition can be an awkward and challenging stage. Physically and developmentally, one will experience new feelings and questions.
Early to Late Teen Years
The early to late teen years are fraught with even more complex issues. Those young people are desiring to make more of their own decisions and are experiencing incredible pressures from their peers and the expectations of our culture.
It is our intention at Pediatric Associates of Gresham, that together with the primary care providers, young people can make healthy and informed choices. It is through annual and routine checkups that the adolescent and teen patient can maintain contact with a care provider who will be familiar with them as not just a patient, but as a person as well.
Because this can be such an awkward stage of life, we have several female providers that are capable in dealing with issues which young ladies may encounter. Likewise Dr’s Emmerich and Eki are comfortable in providing care to the young men in the practice.
Before you leave the office
After your checkup, please remember to stop by the front desk to schedule your next appointment. You can see the recommended checkup schedule in the Vaccine Schedule and Info section.