Well-child checkups provide the foundational health care your child needs to prevent problems and stay healthy throughout their life. Eastside Children’s Clinic pediatricians offer newborn care and continue to provide comprehensive and compassionate care to children through the age of 21. To learn if it’s time for your child’s next checkup or to schedule an appointment, call the office in Allen, Texas, or use the online booking feature.
Children grow in leaps and bounds, and their well-child visits are planned to match the rate of their development. Well-child exams determine if your child is growing and gaining weight at a pace that’s typical for their age. Eastside Children’s Clinic performs developmental screenings. They also include hearing and vision testing at no cost to you.
During a well-child exam, their pediatrician at Eastside Children’s Clinic performs a thorough physical exam to detect any signs of health problems. They perform In-office lab tests and routine blood draws as needed.
Your pediatrician may also screen for potential diet and nutritional problems, as wells as signs of chronic diseases that can develop at a young age, such as asthma, anemia, and diabetes.
The well-child exam is also dedicated time with the pediatrician, giving you the opportunity to ask questions. This is the time to talk with the doctor about a picky eater, trouble with potty training, worries about emotional or behavioral problems, or any other concerns you may have.
Newborn babies have routine checkups around 1-2 weeks after they leave the hospital. After that, they have six more checkups over their first year.
Well-child checkups are recommended at 15, 18, 24, and 30 months. Starting at age three, your child should have yearly checkups until the age of 21 years.
Developmental milestones refer to a set of skills, or age-specific abilities, that most children can do at a specific age range. For example, most children walk between 9-16 months. Their doctor uses developmental milestones to determine if your child’s language, movement, social, emotional, and cognitive skills are progressing at an appropriate pace.
The pediatricians at Eastside Children’s Clinic give immunizations to all children. They also offer vaccinations at no charge to parents who don’t have health insurance as long as the child is under 18 years old.
Your child receives immunizations at nearly every well-child visit up until the age of 18 months. They need such frequent shots because most vaccines are given in small doses that require a series of 3-4 doses to build full immunization against contagious diseases.
Immunizations protect your child from many diseases. Some of the most common include measles, mumps, chickenpox, whooping cough, polio, tetanus, and diphtheria, and diarrheal disease.
If you need to schedule a well-child exam, call Eastside Children’s Clinic or schedule an appointment online.