Bringing your child into Fairhope Pediatrics when they are sick is a no-brainer. Did you know that we love seeing your healthy children in the office, too? Wellness care visits are just as important as sick visits.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) publishes a set of comprehensive health guidelines for well-child care, known as the “periodicity schedule.” It is a schedule of screenings and assessments recommended at each well-child visit from infancy through adolescence. These wellness visits happen more frequently during infant, toddler, and preschool ages, and then annually from ages 3-21.
Wellness visits are equally important for children, parents, and pediatricians. These visits allow a child’s growth and development to be monitored closely against age-appropriate guidelines. We will be able to see how much your child has grown since the last visit, and we will be able to discuss their social behaviors and learning. Your child also gets their scheduled immunizations that prevent deadly diseases.
Wellness care visits are also a team effort between parents and pediatricians. These visits give you and your child the opportunity to raise any questions and discuss areas of concern. We are open to discussing anything, including development, sleep, behavior, or nutrition.
Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among pediatricians, parents, and children. The AAP recommends well-child visits as a way for pediatricians and parents to serve the needs of children. This team approach helps develop the optimal physical, mental, and social health of a child.
If you express a concern that we can’t address in the appointment, or if we need to make a referral to an external healthcare provider, we will work with you to get that health concern addressed as quickly as possible.
If you think your child is due for a wellness visit, please call the office at 251-928-5568 to get it scheduled.