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By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
February 26, 2021
Category: Child Health Care

You've heard the saying "Prevention is the best medicine," and when it comes to your kids well-child visits are a key component of preventative care.

With your child growing and changing physically, mentally, and emotionally year after year, it is important to keep up regular visits with their pediatrician to ensure their ongoing health and wellness. Pediatric Associates of Davidson County in Nashville, TN, is here to help you care for your child at each stage of their life.

What happens during a well-child visit?

During your appointment with your pediatrician at our Nashville, TN, office your child will be examined and assessed to determine their current health and conduct any necessary intervention for potential health concerns before they intensify, or issues that have already developed.

The physical examination will include measuring your child's height and taking their weight, checking vital signs, and performing basic hearing and vision tests. If your pediatrician has any concerns, they may schedule a follow-up visit or refer you to a specialist.

You will have an opportunity to discuss any issues or questions you have surrounding your child's health, including sleep habits, nutrition, behavioral problems, or developmental delays.

In addition to providing physical care, your pediatrician can offer tips on reducing screen time, increasing physical activity, expanding your child's diet, and more.

Immunizations are also a vital part of well-child visits. Children are recommended to have a series of vaccinations, beginning at birth and extending through age 18. Important inoculations include the vaccines for measles, meningitis, hepatitis B, tetanus, rotavirus, influenza, and, for tweens and teens, the HPV vaccine. These shots will help protect them from potentially severe illness or disease. The number of immunizations your child requires each year will decrease in frequency as they age.

The coronavirus vaccine is not yet approved for children and young teens, but your pediatrician will likely encourage it once approved and available.

Keep your child on the path to lifelong good health with your pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County. Call our Nashville, TN, office today at 615-329-3595.

By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
July 03, 2018
Category: Pediatric Health

The number one goal of parents is to make sure their little ones are healthy and have the best quality of life possible. Of course, this means having a pediatrician in which you can always turn, whether for preventive care or treatment when health problems arise. You want a pediatrician you can trust to always provide quality and individualized care for your little one time and time again.

Of course, why treat a health issue that could easily have been prevented in the first place, right? The best way to detect problems early on and to also protect your child from a variety of potentially serious health issues is by bringing them in to visit their pediatrician regularly. These checkups will occur frequently, particularly for the first few years of your little one’s life. This is because your child is reaching a lot of developmental milestones during these first few years and it’s important that you have a children’s doctor that can make sure that they are reaching these milestones.

Plus, these checkups are also important for parents, too. After all, we know that parents have a lot of questions regarding everything from their child’s nutrition to activity levels to vaccinations. While these checkups are most certainly about making sure your child is leading a healthy life it’s also important that you have all of your questions and concerns answered to promote that healthy lifestyle in your child. Make sure to write down any questions ahead of time so that you will have all of your questions addressed during your child’s next visit.

These checkups are crucial for preventing a variety of health problems and also making sure your little one gets the care and treatment they need should an issue arise. During these wellness checkups your pediatrician will monitor your child’s:

  • Height and weight
  • Heart rate and blood pressure
  • Vision and hearing
  • Reflexes and musculoskeletal system
  • Lungs and heart

Your child will also have to get a series of immunizations throughout their childhood to protect against serious and potentially life-threatening health problems. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has created a comprehensive vaccination schedule to make sure your child is getting all the immunizations they need.

Once your child is born it’s important that you bring them in regularly to see their doctor for checkups. After all, preventive medical care is the best way to stave off certain illnesses and injuries. Plus, these checkups also ensure that if there is a health problem present that it’s detected right away when it’s much easier to treat.