Dr. Todd Kelley, Harbin Pediatrics Rome

Having a trusted physician to build a long-term relationship is a significant reason why Harbin Clinic Pediatrics encourages families to make annual wellness appointments. Not to mention, fewer germs are going around in summer, making it a great time to get up to date on annual screenings before the fast-paced back-to-school days. Wellness visits are essential at every age and stage to help prevent future potential health problems and to ensure that children’s growth and development are on track. 

BABIES AND TODDLERS 

Because young bodies are rapidly changing, full exams with pediatricians include assessments of vital signs, growth markers, full physical exams, age-specific immunizations and developmental health screenings. Pediatricians strongly recommend seeing infants eight times before they turn 16 months. 

Checkups are scheduled 3-5 days after birth, at 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years and 30 months of age. Thereafter, he or she is seen every year for their wellness visit.  

Harbin Clinic Pediatric providers want patients to know that milestones and annual health screenings are important to track a child’s health at every stage of development. Along with recommended screenings and immunizations, wellness checkups are a necessary step to understanding a child’s overall health. By performing these health screenings at specific wellness visits, pediatricians can detect a wide range of potential diseases and conditions. Annual wellness exams are essential for a child’s healthy development both inside and out. 

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Dr. Katherine Fields, Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Cartersville

TEENAGERS 

For children ages 12-18, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening for conditions such as obesity, hypertension, hearing and vision impairment, high cholesterol, psychosocial/behavioral concerns and STIs.  

Teenage years can sometimes be difficult and overwhelming for a child. As an adolescent goes through puberty, they’ll likely experience new emotions or sporadic hormones, and there is a significant benefit to having a health advocate they can trust alongside a parent or guardian. A pediatrician can better guide them through their physical, mental and sexual health since they have had an engaged role in their health background. 

Harbin Clinic Pediatricians believe in caring completely for patients at every age and through every stage of life. From babbling babies to graduation caps, Harbin Clinic pediatricians encourage annual wellness visits to manage the physical, emotional and mental well-being of children. 

To learn more about health exams for your child and what is recommended based on your child’s age, or to schedule an appointment with a Harbin Clinic pediatrician, visit www.harbinclinic.com/pediatrics. 

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