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Well-Child Checkups

Wesley Chapel Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Comprehensive Family Medicine & Aesthetic & Wellness Clinic located in Seven Oaks Professional Park, Wesley Chapel, FL

To ensure your child gets started on the road to optimal health, board-certified pediatrician, Manish Shah, MD, offers comprehensive well-child checkups at Wesley Chapel Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. In addition to routine physicals, Dr. Shah offers behavioral assessments, immunizations, and newborn care guidance to keep your child healthy and happy. Schedule preventive well-child checkups for your kids by calling the office in Wesley Chapel, Florida, or schedule an appointment online today.

Well-Child Checkups Q & A

What are well-child checkups?

Well-child checkups are routine exams that help Dr. Shah monitor your child’s growth and track their development during their formative stages of life.

Well-child checks are also important for identifying potential diseases or disorders in the earliest stages, even if your child has no symptoms. Early detection helps ensure your child gets the care they need at a time when treatment is most successful.

These checkups start soon after birth and continue into young adulthood. Typically, children under two should have a well-child checkup every few months and yearly after their second birthday. If your child has existing health issues, they may need more frequent checkups.

What happens during a well-child checkup?

During your child’s checkup, Dr. Shah takes time to review your child’s personal and family health history. He also discusses any questions or concerns you have about your child’s health.

As part of a physical exam, Dr. Shah assesses factors like:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Skin health
  • Body temperature

In younger children, Dr. Shah may perform developmental assessments to identify any delays in communication, language, or movement. In all children, he also checks the abdomen for swelling or other abnormalities and evaluates joint flexibility and muscle strength.

In addition to evaluating their overall health, Dr. Shah also provides your child with all necessary immunizations to protect against contagious disease.

What immunizations does my child need?

To ensure your child is protected from a variety of illnesses and diseases, Dr. Shah provides several immunizations starting soon after birth when your child’s immune system is still developing.

Some of the immunizations your child will receive include protecting against:

  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Tetanus
  • Chickenpox
  • Whooping cough

Vaccinations are also available to reduce seasonal flu risks. If you plan to travel outside of the United States, Dr. Shah can recommend additional vaccinations to protect against diseases common in other locations.

If you have any questions or concerns about the effectiveness or safety of immunizations, be sure to speak with Dr. Shah before making a decision. 

In the event your child is not able to tolerate immunizations due to allergies, Dr. Shah can work with you on a plan to limit their exposure to certain diseases.

If you’re looking for a reliable pediatrician to provide routine well-child checkups, call Wesley Chapel Internal Medicine and Pediatrics or request an appointment online today.

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