Q: How Often Will My Baby See The Doctor In The First Year? What Will Happen At The Checkups?
A: Every pediatrician has a slightly difference schedule for well child visits, of course. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a minimum standard of being seen at birth, two to four days after birth, and then at two, four, six, nine and twelve months, though many doctors do see the babies a bit more frequently.
The purpose of well child visits is to monitor your baby's growth and development, and for you to get any questions answered. Some people think immunizations are the whole reason for well child visits, and this is a part of it, the shots are definitely not the only reason you go. Your doctor is there to help you monitor growth, health, nutrition, safety and development. Don't be shy about bringing a list of questions! You know your own baby best, so it's important that you feel comfortable bringing up concerns. If your doctor doesn't want a list of questions... change doctors!
Q: At What Temperature Does My Child Have A Fever?
A: Most doctors say a baby from birth to 3 years of age have a fever if the temperature rises to 100.4 F. Above the age of 3 years a temperature above 101.0 F will signify the child has a fever. Any fever in the first months could indicate a significant infection requiring immediate attention. All children under 2 months old with a true fever need a medical evaluation. Call us immediately to bring your child in for evaluation if you suspect your child has a fever.
Q: Do You Have Extensive Experience With Patients That Have Special Needs Or Severe Injuries?
A: The goal of this practice is to take excellent care of every single child that walks through our door. Whether the child is special needs or not, we will give the child and parent the care they need. In cases that require a specialist, such as severe injuries, we will network with specialists in our area that will be happy to receive the referral and take over the care of your child. Our office will always be the primary pediatric office for any of our patient. Referrals will be made to address special conditions/situations that will be in the best interest of each individual child.
Q: What Can I Do To Make It Easier For My Child When Having A Shot At The Doctor's Office?
A: Shots are scary for any child (adults too). Therefore, to make the visit stress free, start by not talking about the shot or concentrating on the issue. Make your visit as fun as possible by bringing a favorite toy, blanket or book. a dose of Tylenol 45 minutes before and 45 minute after the shot seems to help relieve the post shot soreness.
Here is how one mother handles the situation: "I hold my daughter on my lap and tell her to 'look at Mommy', and then start blowing in her face as soon as the nurse/doctor gets close with the needle. I keep blowing until the nurse moves away. I've been doing this since my daughter was 4 months old and it has worked every time. She doesn't even make a peep. Everyone is shocked at how well this works."