Usually 24-48 hours after hospital discharge (or 24 hours after homebirth).
A visit to check on weight loss after birth, feeding and jaundice (or yellowing of the skin). We support breast-feeding and help with any difficulties. We also answer questions at this visit and discuss anticipatory advice.
Vaccines: Your baby likely had their first Hepatitis B vaccine while in the hospital.
This is a visit to talk about how the family is acclimating to the newest addition. Feeding, bowel habits and sleeping are common topics. We continue to work on breast-feeding if needed. As always, answer questions and offer anticipatory guidance.
Screenings: Newborn Metabolic Screen if not aready reviewed.
Families are usually settling in some by this visit. Feeding, sleeping and bowel habits are sometimes still a concern. At this visit we will track your baby's growth & development and answer any questions. Your baby may be starting to smile now and that helps a lot!
Your baby is probably giggling and making lots of noise by now. Most babies are in a routine and the days are more predictable. At this visit we discuss starting solids, as well as other anticipatory guidance.
Safety becomes more of an issue now as your baby has a better grasp of objects and everything goes right into their mouths. Your baby may also be moving more. We continue our discussion of eating and start talking about safety.
This visit must occur after your baby's first birthday.
Your baby is a year old already. Can you believe it? It has been a great time of changing. This is the beginning of the toddler years. Your baby is taking in their whole environment. Even though they can't express themselves in words, they understand everything that you are saying.
Vaccines: Prevnar 13, HIB, Hepatitis A, Varicella & MMR.
Screenings: Dental Screening with Fluoride Varnish & Risk for Tuberculosis
Your toddler is likely on-the-move now and safety has become your main concern. Your toddler is also starting to develop more speech. Their receptive development (understanding) is still much more developed than their expressive development. This can lead to frustration at times.
Screenings: Dental Screening with Fluoride Varnish
Your baby's second birthday truly is a wonderful time. They are likely well into the toddler mindset. While they can be sometimes difficult, their brain is growing at exponential rates and they are always learning new things.
Vaccines: Yearly Influenza
Screenings: For Dental Screening with Fluoride Varnish
The School-Age-Years: Your child is truly becoming more independent. They have the social and physical skills to better navigate their world. This is also a time when kids delve further into hobbies and interests.
As your child enters the Pre-Teen world, They may be more concerned about what others think of them. Peer pressure can be difficult. Pre-teens are learning about their changing bodies as they start through puberty. They are also learning more about responsibility as well.
Vaccine: Yearly Influenza. TdaP, & Meningitis at age 11 years.
Will discuss and/or start the Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine (HPV). 3 doses are needed
During the Teen years you can see your child mature into a young adult. Peer relationships take center stage as teens practice their independence. Peer pressure is still an issue as are their changing bodies through puberty.