Well baby and well child visits are recommended at specific ages throughout your child’s life to monitor overall health and development.
Well visits for infants are recommended one week after delivery, and at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 24 months of age. Regular intervals ensure proper growth and development of your baby/toddler. Key pediatric developmental screening tests will be included periodically.
Well baby and well child visits are considered preventive care and are typically covered by insurance 100%.
Well child visits
We encourage all parents to bring their children in for a healthy check-up at least once a year after age 2. Many parents schedule their child’s well visit around the child’s birthday.
During a well-child visit, we will perform a physical examination and address any questions you have about your child’s overall well-being, including behavior concerns, sleep issues, nutrition, and more. We will encourage, and with your permission, administer the recommended vaccinations.
Sick Visits and Acute Care
If you child is sick or injured, we will work to ensure your child gets better as soon as possible. Sick visits are usually available on the same or next day. Homer Medical Center’s health care providers treat children with:
- Common cold
- Cradle cap
- Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
- Sore throat
- and more
While adolescence is often considered a time of good health, it is also a time of dramatic physical, cognitive, social, and emotional change. One third of adolescents suffer from at least one chronic condition such as depression, allergies and asthma, acne, and ADD/ADHD. Regular health care services help support healthy development in adolescence. Annual visits are recommended for adolescents ages 11-21. Annual checkups include immunizations, time alone with a clinician, and information about health-promoting (and damaging) behaviors. Yearly physical examinations are considered preventative services and are usually covered by insurance companies at no cost.
Homer Medical Center is committed to helping our pediatric patients become better prepared for an adult model of health care at age 18, in order to continue on with our practice as young adults. At about age 14 we will begin to spend time during the visit without the parent present in order to answer questions, set health goals, and support increasing independence with health care. At age 18, youth legally become adults. We respect that many of our young adult patients choose to continue to involve their families in health care decisions. However, we will no longer be allowed to discuss anything with parents about care or share any personal health information without the young adult’s written consent. To allow others to be involved in health care decisions requires that a signed consent form be completed, which we have at the clinic. If an adolescent has a condition that prevents him/her from making decisions, we encourage families to consider options for supported decision-making.
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