Well-child checkups play an integral role in helping your child stay healthy. Scheduling regular checkups with a pediatrician allow the doctor to monitor your child’s growth and development, as well as check for potential health concerns. Additionally, the doctor can ensure your child stays current with immunizations. We provide well-child checkups and immunizations at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL, under the supervision of Dr. Alexandra Kostur.
Well-child checkups are similar to school physicals and allow the doctor to assess your child’s overall health and development. Infants and toddlers need a well-child checkup every few months, while school-aged children should see the doctor for a checkup once a year. Some of the things that occur during a well-child checkup include:
- Height and weight measurement
- Head circumference is measured for babies
- Blood pressure is taken
- The eyes, nose, throat, and abdomen are checked
- A stethoscope is used to check the heart and lungs
- Medical history, including allergies and medications, is reviewed
During the checkup, the doctor might also ask your child to perform certain movements to check such things as balance, development, and reflexes. For example, your child might be asked to bend down and touch his or her toes so the doctor can observe the spine.
Another important aspect of many well-child checkups is immunization. Immunization involves the administration of vaccines to help your child build immunity to certain diseases, such as polio, measles, hepatitis A and B, and whooping cough. Vaccines are not administered at every well-child checkup. At our pediatric office in Jacksonville, FL, we can discuss the immunization schedule with you and help keep your child up to date with his or her vaccinations. We adhere to the immunization schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
One of the best things you can do to keep your child healthy is to schedule regular well-child checkups. To schedule a checkup for your child with Dr. Alexandra Kostur or to learn more about the immunization schedule, contact our office in Jacksonville, FL, by calling Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics at (904) 446-9991.