Well-Baby and Well-Child Checkups
At Hurtt Family Health Clinic, we understand that you want the best for your child. As a low-cost health clinic, we aim to provide a full range of affordable pediatric care to homeless and poor families in Orange County.
Our well-child and well-baby programs are also available to families without health insurance. Count on our board-certified and compassionate pediatricians to provide ongoing support for your child’s healthcare needs from infancy to adolescence.
Importance of Well-Child and Well-Baby Visits
Your child will go through many changes in the early years of their life. As a parent, you need all the help you can get to better understand what your child is going through physically and emotionally. Well-child and well-baby visits allow pediatricians to evaluate the growth and development of your child and catch potential health issues that need a closer look. According to American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), every child needs at least six well-child checkups from birth to 15 months of age. Here’s the recommended schedule:
- By 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 2 1/2 years
- 3 years
- Each year after that until age 21
Well-child visits include:
A thorough physical exam involves checking your child’s head, ears, eyes, mouth, respiratory and circulatory systems, reflexes, and temperature. As a parent or guardian, this becomes the perfect time to have your questions answered, air concerns, and share observations about your child – something especially helpful for first-time parents. A physical exam can also detect signs and symptoms of illnesses that require medical care.
Children should be vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, and other ailments that can result in hospitalization, disability, or death. Immunization has saved millions of lives and continues to keep the community safe from the outbreak of diseases. Your doctor will give you an immunization or vaccine schedule as a part of your well-baby visits.
Assessing developmental milestones
Well-baby visits track not only physical changes, they also allow your doctor to gauge the developmental milestones of your child. These include behaviors and skills like rolling over, crawling, and walking. Not all babies develop at the same pace. But pediatricians can order a more thorough examination to determine if the child needs further development services like physical therapy, speech therapy, and the like.
Getting age-specific and valuable advice
After exams and assessments, your doctor will give you age-specific advice on how to nurture your child’s learning and development. In addition to well-baby and well-child checkups, you can visit our low-income health clinic for any of the following services:
- Immunizations and free vaccine programs
- Hearing, vision, and dental screenings
- School physicals
- Pediatric weight management
- Pediatric dental services and fluoride treatments
We want to empower our patients to actively participate in the healthcare of their children and to better understand their development as a result of the services that we provide. Hurtt Family Health Clinic is known for its high standards in delivering low-cost quality healthcare for all.
To learn more about our health programs and services, browse the website or call Hurtt Family Health Clinic at (714)247-0300. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.