From infancy through adolescence, routine well-child visits at Southdale Pediatrics are an indispensable way to keep your child healthy.
Growing children need all the support they can get and regular well-child visits are the perfect way to ensure they get it. Here are a few of the many benefits that come with visiting our pediatricians:
- Tracking your child’s growth and development: Well-child visits are a great opportunity to see how much your child has grown since their last visit and an ideal time to discuss their overall development. Our pediatricians love helping families anticipate these upcoming (and often crucial) milestones throughout childhood with regular visits.
- Preventative care: Topics include your child’s sleep habits and hygiene, proper nutrition, and important learning milestones. Immunizations are also an essential part of keeping your child healthy.
- An opportunity to ask questions: Well visits are a great time to raise health, behavioral, or developmental concerns or questions that you may have about your child. We’ve heard every question under the sun, so there’s no harm in asking anything you’re curious or concerned about.
Southdale Pediatrics Well Child Visit Schedule
We recommend the following schedule:
- 3-5 days
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 2.5 years
- 3 years – annually after 3 years
Reliable Vaccine Resources
Be an informed parent. Your pediatrician is a trusted resource for questions about the recommended immunization schedule and individual vaccines. We recommend these other trusted resources as additional sources of information:
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Vaccine Education Center-Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
We endorse following the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for well-child exams and immunizations.
What is covered during my child’s well exam?
Looking to Transition to Adult Care?
What does transition mean?
Transition is a process of moving from pediatric to adult health care. Somewhere between the ages of 18 and 21, most of our adolescent patients will graduate from Southdale Pediatric Associates and begin seeing providers who specialize in adult care.
Why must I change doctors?
As you become a young adult, your responsibilities increase, you become more independent, and you need to learn how to care for yourself to remain healthy. A first step in taking a more active role in your health care decisions is to transition from a pediatrician to an adult primary care doctor, such as a family medicine physician or an internist.
Your pediatrician can assist you in finding an adult primary care doctor who meets your needs or your family and friends might have a great recommendation. It’s important that you choose a new doctor you can trust and feel comfortable with. You can also make an appointment to talk about health concerns and meet your new doctor before making your final decision.
All patients will be encouraged to transition to an adult primary health care provider between the ages of 18-21. If you have a chronic illness or complicated medical history, talk with your current doctor about when to transition.
How will medical records and information be transferred to a new provider?
You can work with your pediatrician and a care coordinator to prepare a medical summary and plan of care to be shared with new providers. Communicate with your care team to determine which records need to be transferred to the new providers.
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