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Well Child Exams

Pediatrics located in Valparaiso, IN

Well Child Exam located in Valparaiso, IN

Well-child exams make it possible for your pediatrician to check up on your child’s health and track important metrics over time. Don’t miss these important pediatrician visits. David Dimitroff, MD, and the Noah's Ark Pediatrics team offer regular well-child exams for new and existing patients. Contact Noah's Ark Pediatrics of Valparaiso, Indiana, online or over the phone to schedule a well-child exam today.

What happens at a well-child exam?

At scheduled well-child exams, Dr. David Dimitroff and the Noah's Ark Pediatrics team record metrics for your child, such as height and weight. The team checks on reflexes, hearing, and vision. They update your child’s growth chart and medical records at each appointment with current information. If your child is due for an immunization, the well-child exam is when the team administers it.

The well-child exam is also a chance to look for any early signs of potential health issues that your child may be starting to display. At the visit, your provider talks to both parents about any health-related concerns that have come up since your last visit. During this routine appointment, you can raise concerns about your child’s health or ask questions.

What are the benefits of a well-child exam?

Well-child exams are an important opportunity for your pediatrician to check on your child’s development and overall health. During your appointment, your pediatrician documents your child’s growth, compares it to other children in the same age range, and records your child’s vital statistics. Well-child exams are a great way to prevent problems from occurring and to  discover concerns early while they are more easily treated. 

How frequently does my child need well-child exams?

Before the age of three years old, Dr. Dimitroff recommends following the schedule for well-child visits developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. A typical schedule is:

  • 3-7 days
  • 2 weeks
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 1 year
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 2.5 years
  • 3 years

Children older than three years old typically need well-child exams once a year until reaching young adulthood.

How do I prepare for a well-child exam?

You can help your child have a more pleasant, less stressful experience by framing a well-child exam as a positive, interesting, fun thing to do. Your child’s pediatrician is a friend and offers a warm environment for your child to relax in during the appointment.

Bring any documentation you want to review with your child’s pediatrician. It may also be a good idea to write down any questions you may have, so you can be sure to ask the doctor.

To schedule your child’s next well-child exam, contact Noah’s Ark Pediatrics online or over the phone today.