Well-child visits provide the foundational health care your child needs to stay healthy throughout their lifetime. Catherine Meli, MD, and Naheed Rahmet, MD, at Seashore Pediatrics begin well-child care within the first 24 hours after your baby is born, then they continue to provide their experienced and compassionate care up to the age of 23 years. To learn more about their preventive health care and developmental services for children, call the office in Wall Township, New Jersey, or use online booking to schedule a well-child visit.
Well-child visits ensure your child is healthy, developing as expected, and protected from contagious diseases. At every well-child visit, your child receives a physical exam, weight and growth are monitored, and developmental milestones are evaluated.
At various times in your child’s development, the doctors at Seashore Pediatrics test hearing and vision and run lab tests as needed.
They also specialize in children’s nutrition, so they’re available to evaluate your child’s nutritional status and provide dietary guidance.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that your baby’s first formal visit should be within 2-5 days after birth. Our team does better; one of our doctors sees newborns within 24 hours.
Well-child exams proceed on a regular schedule recommended by the AAP. Babies come in for well-child visits when they’re one, two, four, and six months old. Then subsequent visits are scheduled every three months until your baby is 18 months old.
After well-child visits at 24 and 30 months, your child begins having yearly exams from the age of three until they’re 21-23 years old.
Developmental milestones indicate whether your child is developing their social, emotional, communication, cognitive, and movement skills at an expected rate.
If your baby or child is delayed, or if they developed a skill that they lost, your doctor at Seashore Pediatrics may perform more in-depth developmental screening to identify any learning or developmental disabilities.
The AAP recommends that all children undergo developmental and behavioral screening at nine, 18, and 24 or 30 months.
Immunizations are administered at a well-child visit, following the schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Sticking with the schedule is important because many vaccinations require more than one dose and each dose must be given at regular intervals to build up the proper level of immunity.
Keeping children up-to-date with immunizations also means they’ll be prepared to enter school without needing to catch up with shots.
Vaccinations given from birth throughout childhood and up to the age of 21 (and beyond) protect them from many diseases, including:
Well-child visits are also a great time for parents to ask any questions they may have. To schedule an appointment, call Seashore Pediatrics or book an appointment online.