Establishing a great relationship between your child and their pediatrician is essential for ensuring good health in the long term. At Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic in New Albany, Mississippi, the team of experienced pediatricians offer preventive health services, such as routine well-child exams and immunizations, to protect your child’s health and keep them on the right track. Book a well-child check online or by calling Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic today.
A well-child visit is a routine appointment you schedule annually for your child to monitor their overall health and development. These appointments allow your Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic the opportunity to track changes in health and identify potential issues as early as possible.
During the exam, your pediatrician reviews your child’s medical history and family history before checking your child’s height, weight, and blood pressure, as well as their lungs and heart. Your child will then undergo a comprehensive physical examination where the pediatrician will feel the abdomen for abnormalities. They also evaluate your child’s strength and flexibility.
If your child has a chronic medical condition, the pediatrician can evaluate your child’s current treatment plan and make changes to their medications or suggest healthy habits that can help alleviate symptoms.
Well-child exams are also the ideal opportunity to ensure your child is up to date on immunizations.
Immunizations protect your child from contagious disease by building up their immunity against the disease. Many immunizations are necessary for young children because their immune systems are still developing. Additionally, schools and many organizations require immunization records as part of the registration process.
The Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic pediatricians follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for immunizations based on your child’s age. Some children can’t tolerate immunizations and in these cases, your provider can recommend alternative options to protect your child’s health.
Common recommended immunizations protect against conditions that include:
The staff pediatricians also recommend your child receive the seasonal flu shot once a year.
Immunizations are the best way to protect your child from long-term health complications that result from contagious disease. They are safe and effective at building your child’s resistance to disease while their body is still developing.
Side effects of immunizations are mild and may include bruising or swelling at the injection site. These issues resolve on their own within a few days of treatment.
If you have any questions or concerns about the safety of immunizations for your child, speak with your pediatrician right away.
Schedule a well-child appointment for your child today by calling the New Albany office or by using the convenient online booking feature.