Routine well-baby check-ups

By Dr. Rosalynd Brackens

Routine check-ups are a primary way in which childhood illness can be predicted, prevented, and treated. During the first years of your baby's life, we feel it is most important that he or she be seen at regular intervals. In addition to our being able to talk to you about his or her care and nutrition and the many interesting things you can expect, check-ups monitor growth and development.

At each visit a comprehensive physical examination will be done. Laboratory work, including a hematocrit and urine analysis, will be obtained as indicated. Routine immunization against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, German measles, hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), Hib (Haemophilus Influenza type b) and pneumococcus will be given according to the recommended schedule. In addition, of course, we will try to help you with questions and try to anticipate potential problems that may arise.