Regular well-child visits give your health care provider an opportunity to evaluate your child’s physical, emotional, and mental development in a comfortable environment. Anu R. Pathak, MD, performs comprehensive well-child exams at her welcoming office in Southbridge, Massachusetts. With more than 20 years of experience in pediatrics, Dr. Pathak has carried out well-child exams on children of all ages, from infancy through age 19. To schedule a thorough well-child visit with an experienced pediatrician, call Anu R. Pathak, MD, or book an appointment online.
A well-child visit is a time for Dr. Pathak to assess your child’s development and make sure they’re reaching their milestones on time. During infancy and early adolescence, Dr. Pathak may encourage you to come in more than once a year for a well-child exam. However, your child should visit at least once a year until they turn 18.
In addition to testing, exams, immunizations, blood work, and more, a well-child visit gives you the opportunity as a parent to ask any questions or voice concerns you may have about your child’s health, development, and growth.
What happens during a well-child visit depends on your child’s age:
During your baby’s first well-child visits, it’s important to talk to Dr. Pathak about any concerns you have and what to expect next. She measures your baby’s height, weight, and head circumference, provides scheduled immunizations, and discusses feeding and sleeping schedules, nutrition, and more.
As your baby grows, Dr. Pathak also evaluates their motor skills and speech, and may even begin looking out for signs of autism and other developmental conditions.
At this point, your child will likely come in for a well-child visit once a year. At the beginning of each visit, Dr. Pathak and her team may measure your child’s height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and blood pressure to ensure they’re on target for development and growth.
Before your child reaches kindergarten, Dr. Pathak performs a vision and hearing test. She can also help determine whether or not your child is physically, mentally, and socially ready to begin school. To make her assessment, she may want to discuss your child’s developmental milestones—communication, cognition, physical development, etc.
Once your child turns nine, Dr. Pathak typically begins talking about puberty. She can help prepare you and your child for what to expect and how to cope with physical, emotional, and social changes related to puberty.
As your child reaches their teen years, they may feel more comfortable talking to Dr. Pathak alone. In addition to regular immunizations, height, weight, and BMI measurements, and blood tests, Dr. Pathak discusses the importance of contraceptives, pregnancy prevention, safe sex, STD testing, and more.
Depending on your child’s age, she may also want to talk to them about the negative effects of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs.
Your first well-child visit should begin as early as two weeks after birth. After your child’s first visit, you should return at two months, four months, six months, nine months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, and two-and-a-half years.
Once your child reaches the age of three, you can schedule annual well-child visits until they turn 18.
Well-child visits help keep your child healthy from birth through early adulthood. To schedule an appointment with Anu R. Pathak, MD, call or book online.