Annual Pediatric Check-Up
As leading pediatricians in Los Gatos, we offer annual pediatric check-ups to help keep children of all ages as healthy as possible. We provide health evaluations and medical testing as well as vaccinations to help kids ward off diseases so children can enjoy optimal health.
Annual Pediatric Checkup Q&A
Why is it important for my child to have an annual checkup?
Annual Pediatric Check-ups allow us to work with you to create an ongoing medical record of your child’s health. This helps identify possible issues that need to be addressed and prevent possible serious issues to develop.
Annual Check-ups also assures that your child receives the preventive care that is appropriate for their age. This helps ward off serious diseases, including vaccines for measles, mumps and other major diseases. Annual exams ensure that your child is reaching key developmental milestones in learning, behavior, social interaction and physical growth. We want to make sure that your child is developing and healthfully functioning throughout their childhood.
Making sure your child has an annual physical is one of the most caring things you an do to assure they enjoy a healthy life for many years to come.
Do I still need to schedule an Annual Check-Up if my child gets a check-up at their school?
This is our recommendation. School exams provide general screenings for a limited number of medical and health issues. Therefore, they are not the same type of comprehensive exam that is provided by a pediatrician. While they help screen large populations of students, this is not a substitute for an in-depth medical exam.
What can we expect at the pediatric appointment?
The Annual Pediatric Check-up involves your child’s medical history, including illnesses and possible surgeries your child has had. Additionally, the pediatrician will inquire about your family’s health history to identify risk factors. The exam also includes measuring your child’s weight, height, blood pressure, an evaluation of reflexes, hearing impairment screening, heart and lungs evaluation, palpation (gentle pressing) of the abdomen to look for swelling or tenderness, and other evaluations based on your child’s needs. Vaccines may also be provided according to established schedules.
For more information, check out this Healthy Kids Learning Hub as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Also check out our Services and Pediatric Resources pages for specific issues additional information. Additional information on caring for vaccines.