Well Child Check-ups

Dec 09

Allegro Pediatrics

Well Child Check-ups

by Allegro Pediatrics

What are Well Child Check-ups?

Well Child Check-ups are designed to track your child’s growth and development, address your questions and concerns, and help you anticipate what comes next in your journey with your child. Topics that may be addressed during your child’s check-up include:

Immunizations: Immunizing your child is one of the most important things you can do as a parent or guardian to keep them safe and healthy. Well Child Check-ups are a great time to make sure your child is up-to-date on routine vaccinations.

Newborn and Infant Health: The newborn phase can be overwhelming. Frequent Well Child Check-Ups in the first two years of life offer opportunities for you and your child’s pediatrician to discuss topics such as feeding and sleep issues, connecting and bonding with your baby, understanding newborn behavior and development, and how to help siblings adjust to a new baby.

Developmental and Behavioral Health: Our providers will evaluate your child to see if there is a physical problem, like with hearing or vision, or whether there may be a developmental or behavioral concern, such as speech or language delay, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or depression and anxiety. Well Child Check-ups are also a great time to discuss general questions about learning, development and behavior, as well as specific concerns about academic challenges, bullying, and coping with loss or trauma.

Adolescent Health: Adolescence is an exciting time of physical and emotional growth and self-discovery. It is also a time of increasing independence and challenges, as teenagers begin to experience the world as young adults. Our pediatricians use this time to nurture a teenager’s development, and can help when there are significant concerns. Out of respect for a teenager’s privacy and emerging role in personal decision-making, a portion of time during adolescent check-ups will be offered as one-on-one time with their doctor.

Traveling With Your Child: Traveling with children can be a wonderful, but sometimes challenging, experience. Normal routines are thrown out the window, and a new environment with different food, germs and people can sometimes lead to sickness. Well Child Check-ups are a great time to discuss upcoming travel plans with your primary doctor.

Doctors at Allegro Pediatrics are here to support you and your child in all aspects of their growth and development. To be most beneficial, we do recommend that these types of visits are scheduled with your selected primary pediatrician.

When does my child need a Well Child Check-up?

Below is the recommended schedule:

  • 7-14 days old
  • 1 month old
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 2 years old
  • After age 2, once every year or as advised by your doctor

Should my child still get routine Well Child Check-ups during COVID-19?

It is important to keep your child on schedule for routine check-ups and vaccines, even during the pandemic. Health problems can be caught early during well visits and doctors will be able to treat and prevent them from affecting a child’s long-term health. Additionally, receiving vaccines on time will help your child avoid getting preventable diseases like measles, whooping cough, and chickenpox.  

Here are some things we are doing in our clinics to keep you and your family safe:

  • Our Bothell, Factoria, Redmond, Totem Lake, Redmond Ridge and Issaquah Highlands clinics are open for non-infectious concerns.
  • We are actively screening families before their appointment and making sure that if a patient or family member has symptoms of coronavirus or a potential exposure, the appointment is rescheduled for our Bellevue office. 
  • We will only allow ONE caregiver to accompany patients to their appointment. Additional caregivers may attend via video calling. Please do not bring siblings to the appointment unless there is no childcare available.
  • Everyone who visits our clinics will be required to wear a mask or cloth face covering and have their temperature checked. Please do not wear a valve mask or a neck gaitor.

How can we be prepared for a Well Child Check-up?

Some doctors' schedules fill up quickly, so please plan ahead and contact us early for an appointment. If your child’s primary doctor is not available, we can schedule you with one of our other skilled and compassionate doctors.

While insurance has traditionally covered routine well child check-ups, we’ve seen some recent changes in this coverage. Please contact your insurer, or your employer’s benefits office, to check your coverage.

In order to be prepared for a thorough check-up, we ask that patients wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes.

We appreciate your prompt arrival for your child's appointment. Please let us know if you are going to be late. We may need to reschedule based on the doctor's availability.

Schedule an appointment today.