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Well Child Visits Specialist

Gold River Family Medicine

Board-Certified Family Practice Physicians located in Gold River, CA

Children grow quickly, and regular well-child visits can show that your child is on track and healthy. At Gold River Family Medicine in Gold River, California, Warren Brandle MD, MS, FAAFP, Jill Scully PA-C, can track your child’s growth, perform a complete physical exam, update immunizations, and answer your questions. To schedule your child’s next well-child visit, call the office, or book an appointment online today.

Well Child Visits Q&A

What is a well-child visit?

Well-child visits are an essential part of preventive health care for your child. Kids grow quickly, and many new developments happen in a short amount of time. Bringing your child to Gold River Family Medicine for well-child visits ensures that your child is healthy and developing at an average rate.

One of the main components of each well-child visit is a physical exam. After discussing your child’s health and growth from the past year, your provider performs a thorough physical examination to check for any unusual changes or issues. 

Following the exam, your provider discusses ways to promote health in your home and set your child up for healthy growth in the next year. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns about your child’s health and development before leaving the office. 

What happens during a well-child visit?

The kid-friendly providers at Gold River Family Medicine make every well-child visit comfortable for the child. The providers allow your child to take part and ask them questions that they can answer themselves. At the start of the appointment, they review your family’s medical history, any medications your child takes, and any ongoing health conditions they have.

Next, your child undergoes the physical exam portion of the appointment. The team measures your child’s height, weight, and head circumference before examining them and performing tests for vision, hearing, and other functions. 

Your provider compares your child’s results to the averages for children of the same age to ensure your child is hitting growth and development milestones at a normal rate. Once the physical exam is complete, you can discuss topics like your child’s:

  • Habits
  • Social skills
  • Sleep schedule
  • Athleticism
  • School performance
  • General health and conditions

These and other wellness topics give your provider valuable information about your child’s development. If you have any specific questions, your provider answers them in detail and can recommend home care. 

When should I bring my child in for a well-child visit?

Well-child visits happen very frequently during infancy and for the first few years of life. Your child’s first well-child visit should happen several days after you return home from the hospital. Then, the well-child appointment schedule is as follows:

  • One month 
  • Two months
  • Four months
  • Six months
  • Nine months 
  • One year
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • Two years
  • Two and a half years
  • Three years

After your child turns three, you should bring them in for a well-child visit once a year until they turn 21. Your provider at Gold River Family Medicine might recommend more frequent visits if your child has a chronic illness or developmental abnormalities.

To book a well-child visit for your son or daughter, call Gold River Family Medicine, or schedule an appointment online today.