If your child has any significant health problems at the time of their well visit, you may be asked to complete a “sick visit” that day, and reschedule the well visit for another day.
What is Preventive Care?
Preventive care focuses on evaluating the current health status of the patient when they are symptom free. Preventive care visits provide the opportunity for our providers to obtain early diagnosis to help avoid more serious health problems in the future.
During a preventive care visit, the doctor will look at any health risks and talk with you about the patients current health, your family health history, past illnesses and surgeries, risks your child may have for specific conditions and provide counseling on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Depending on AAP recommendations for your child's age, preventive care services may include immunizations, physical exams, lab work and x-rays, counseling for safety, development, diet and exercise, or hearing and vision screenings.
Because well-child care is so comprehensive, we ask that families use this time to focus on preventive care, and not as a time for care of minor illnesses or chronic problems.
Conditions such as asthma, skin care, food allergies, behavior problems, injury follow-up, etc. will be reviewed at a separate appointment.
If your child is of age to attend school they will need to be caught up on all immunizations for their age and have a current physical examination.
We understand how important it is for your child to be ready for the upcoming school year so we ask that you arrive to your wellness exam prepared with any paperwork you may need so that we may complete it for you as we perform the well-child exam.
If the patient is going into summer camp or to a college or university, they may have their own version of this paperwork. If that is the case the parent/patient will be responsible for obtaining these forms and bringing them in to the appointment.
If you arrive to your appointment without the proper paperwork or fail to request the proper paperwork at the time of your appointment, a $5 fee will be charged for the completion of each School Entrance Form needed. Forms that are requested outside of the time of the wellness examination will take 5-7 business days to complete.