Well-child checkups are important for maintaining good health, tracking growth, and for the detection and prevention of illness and developmental problems. Our practice follows the well-child checkup schedule as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
What to Expect
Physical Exam Measurements & Screenings
- Head circumference (babies)
- Blood pressure (aged 3 and up)
- Urine specimen (aged 3 and up)
- Hearing screen (Kindergarten physical)
- Vision screen (Kindergarten physical)
- Vaccinations (based on AAP / CDC schedule)
Regular Well-Child Checkup Schedule
|2-5 days||1 month||2 months||4 months|
|6 months||9 months||12 months||15 months|
|18 months||2 years||2.5 years||3+ years|
After 3 years of age, an annual checkup is recommended.
Sick Child Visits
Sick child visits are typically same-day appointments to address acute problems such as earache, sore throat, fever, or vomiting/diarrhea.
What to Expect
While we make every effort to see sick children as quickly as possible, please call our office ahead of time so that we can schedule an appointment to minimize your wait time.
If your child is experiencing a potentially life-threatening illness or injury, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department for assistance.
Prenatal / Newborn Visits
As a soon-to-be parent, one of the most important decisions to make is choosing the pediatrician that can best care for your child. Our office welcomes and encourages prenatal visits as an exciting opportunity for you to tour our facilities, meet our providers, and have questions answered about what to expect in the first few days.
What to Expect
When your baby is born at the hospital, they will be seen by the hospital’s attending neonatal pediatricians. After you are discharged, please contact us to schedule your baby’s first visit, which typically should happen within the first or second week of life.
While our bodies have some natural immunities that can help us ward off disease, we aren’t naturally immune to all diseases. Vaccines are essential for maintaining good health. They help your body develop important disease-fighting antibodies that keep serious diseases at bay and promote optimal wellness throughout childhood and adulthood. While most vaccines will offer immunity over a lifetime, there are some that periodically need boosting in order for the benefits to remain in effect.
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Diphtheria / Tetanus / Pertussis (DTaP)
- Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
- Hepatitis A (HepA)
- Hepatitis B (HepB)
- Influenza (Flu)
- Measles / Mumps / Rubella (MMR)
- Pneumococcal disease (PCV)
- Polio (IPV)
- Rotavirus (RV)
Vaccines will be administered at appropriate visits according to a schedule approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
For additional information on the importance of vaccines and immunizations, please visit the Centers for Disease Control.
School - the Georgia Department of Public Health requires screening for every child prior to their enrollment in public school. The main purpose of the examination is to ensure early detection of health problems.
Sports / Camp - a pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) is required prior to engaging in organized athletic programs in middle school and high school. The main purpose of the examination is to determine general health, fitness level, risk of injury, and physical well-being prior to engaging in sports.
Physical Exam Components
- Dental health
Sports / Camp
- General health exam
- Vital signs
- Medical history
- Cardiovascular history
- Injury history
If your child is in need of a physical exam, screening, or sick child visit please contact our office to schedule an appointment. If your child is experiencing a potentially life-threatening illness or injury, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department for assistance.