I’m wondering if our local families understand and take advantage of the benefits of well-child checks. Well child checks are important tools for you and your doctor to make sure your child is developing right and to screen for common problems that appear at specific ages.
What happens at a well-child visit? We check your child’s growth and development, looking at their height, weight, and head size as compared to other kids their age and gender. This can tell us if there are trends that need attention. We also check age-appropriate milestones, social behaviors and learning. We make sure your baby is able to do the things he/she should be doing by certain ages. If we find a problem, we make recommendations: continue to monitor, send to a specialist to evaluate, or get specialized services or therapy starting at an age young enough to make a difference. We also talk about nutrition and safety in the home and community. At well child checks, we discuss immunizations to prevent illness. At the Perry Memorial Walnut Clinic and our other Perry Clinics, we offer immunizations for children whose insurance cover them. If your insurance doesn’t cover immunizations, we discuss with you when and which vaccines your child needs to get at the health department – who typically can provide these necessary immunizations for free or at a reduced cost to children without insurance or who are underinsured.
Most insurances cover wellness exams 100%, especially for kids. Check with your insurance provider to be sure. Well-child checks are for healthy kids who are growing and seldom go to the doctor, as well as for children who are seeing doctors regularly due to chronic health issues.
In my office, I like to see kids at the following intervals starting from their newborn checkup (2-5 days old), 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months. Then in the second and year, we would see them at 15 months and then every 6 months (18 months, 24 and 30 months of age) until they are 3. Starting at age 3, we would then like to see the kids yearly until they are 21. Their birth month is a good time to remember to schedule these visits, or you could do it in the summer when the children are off school.
In the summertime (or any time of the year) we can incorporate school and sports physicals with the well-child check. Keep in mind the well child visit and physical are not interchangeable. The well-child check is much more comprehensive than the school or sports exams and is intended to catch any health problems early on. Because of the wide range covered during the exam we can fill out the any required forms pertaining to the physical during this visit to save you time or an additional appointment.
Before you bring your child to the clinic for his/her wellness exam, make a list of topics you want to discuss with us, whether it be about how much sleep your baby should be getting, is a certain behavior normal, what and how much should they be eating, or maybe small health issues like skin lesions that you’ve deemed too minor to make an appointment for.
Regular wellness exams help your provider get to know your child and the family, so that they can know when something is amiss. This consistency helps develop that medical home, where everyone knows your name.
Remember as you are making plans this summer, think about scheduling well child exams for your kids if they haven’t had one, need to get caught up on them, and especially if they need to get vaccines, or need physicals for camp, school or sports.
Perry Memorial Hospital CEO/President, Annette Schnabel, proudly announces the addition of the Perry Podiatry Clinic with Dr. Gary Hoelle, DPM, joining the Perry Team, Monday, November 26.
“Perry Memorial Hospital continuously evaluates the availability of health care providers and services to meet our community’s needs, said Annette.” I believe in working with current providers like Dr. Hoelle, we are able to assist in a succession and transitional plan as they retire from active practice. Recently Perry had the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Gary Hoelle who has provided services to the region for 30 years, in his future succession planning efforts.”
Dr. Hoelle and Perry worked together to recruit Dr. Amanda McGuire, D.P.M. to join Perry in the summer of 2019 upon completion of her residency program at Katherine Shaw Bethea Podiatric Residence Program in Dixon, Illinois.
Dr. Hoelle will continue to provide the same excellent, professional services to the community until the succession is complete. Perry Podiatry Clinic will provide services through the expertise and experience of Dr. Hoelle, Tuesday-Thursday in the same office as he is currently located through the end of summer 2019.
Dr. McGuire’s residency training prepares her to offer podiatric foot and ankle surgery. She will become the fulltime provider as the transition ends and will offer both office procedures and surgical podiatry services. Specialty foot care will be offered for children, sports injuries, and elder and diabetic foot care. This collaboration enables Perry to expand and grow our quality health services for our communities and their residents.
Perry Podiatry Clinic will be located in the same office space, Dr. Hoelle currently occupies. It is located in the Physicians Medical Building, 530 Park Avenue East in Suite 202. Call 815-872-3034 for an appointment.