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Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Medical Weight Loss located in Orland Park, IL

Maintain your child’s health with well-child care visits at Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine. Routine well-child visits monitor growth and development in infants, school-age children, and teens. You can make sure your child is meeting their physical and mental developmental targets, is up to date on vaccinations, and has no signs of chronic disease. Call the office in Orland Park, Illinois, to set up your well-child visit today or use the online tool to schedule.

Well-Childcare Q & A

Why is well-child care important?

Your child may be feeling just fine and not demonstrate any concerning symptoms, but it’s still important to have well-child checkups. 

Well-child visits are an important part of preventive care. Well-child checks identify potential health issues as early as possible when treatment is most effective. 

These visits also ensure that your child is developing on target and taking precautions to stay healthy, including getting vaccines, eating a balanced diet, getting enough exercise, and using protective gear like helmets and seatbelts.

What is the schedule for well-child visits?

The American Academy of Pediatrics presents guidelines for children’s routine exams. Up until the age of 2 years, children should come to the office every few months for a well-child checkup.

 These initial visits make sure they’re growing and developing normally and getting the vaccines they need to protect them from devastating diseases. 

After age 2, they only need annual well-child visits. If your child has health issues, like diabetes or asthma, that requires more frequent visits, the team will get you on the right schedule.

What happens during well-child care visits?

The first part of a routine well-child checkup involves a review of your child’s personal and family medical history and a discussion about any symptoms or developmental and behavioral concerns. 

During the actual exam, your provider assesses your child’s:

  • Height (or length for babies)
  • Weight
  • Blood pressure (age 3 and older)
  • Body temperature
  • Oxygen saturation
  • Head circumference (up until age 3)

Your provider also performs a general physical exam that assesses the health of their skin, eyes, throat, abdomen, heart, and lungs. They’ll check the range of motion in your child’s joints and their reflexes. They may also do an external check of your child’s genitals. 

Well-child care can also include noninvasive evaluations for behavioral conditions or developmental disorders, like autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), at different stages of growth.

Any necessary vaccinations are also administered. Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine follows the schedule of recommended vaccines put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Schedule your child’s next well-child care visit today. Call the office of Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine or use the online tool.