The Purpose of Well-Child Exams
We know you want the best for your child, especially as they grow up. Pediatric wellness exams allow a trained medical provider to examine your child for any growth or developmental issues, as well as provide wellness advice related to diet, sleep patterns, and other issues.
Regular health and wellness screenings allow our top-rated medical professionals to watch out for any substantial health concerns from an early age. Depending on how old your child is, these screenings may look for vision and eyesight problems, hearing difficulties, the development of scoliosis, or overall dental health.
Our wellness checks can also serve as an opportunity to make sure that your child is up to date on all of his or her necessary vaccinations.
Why You Shouldn't Put Off a Pediatric Wellness Exam
Due to the wide array of issues that are screened for at a well-child exam, it is highly recommended that you begin wellness exams at an early stage.
From the earliest stages of toddlerhood, we can screen for autism and other developmental conditions. Our expert medical providers can screen your child to make sure he or she is meeting the appropriate developmental milestones. We can administer an official test to identify the autism spectrum disorder as early as 18 months.
Apart from monitoring your child's social and linguistic development, our pediatric wellness exams also screen for potential dental issues (such as decay) and can make referrals to a dentist once a child has the first tooth come through.
Starting around ages 3-4, we will provide thorough vision and hearing screenings to identify any potential issues that should be handled by an optometrist or hearing specialist. We watch out for signs of impaired vision, hearing loss, and other issues that are significant for your child's lifelong health.
What to Expect at Your Visit
As mentioned above, we begin pediatric wellness exams as soon as possible so that we can catch any potential health or developmental problems early on. At your child's first appointment, you will need to fill out paperwork on their behalf regarding your family medical history and any particular concerns you may have about your child's health.
Once you and your child have entered an examination room, a medical professional will perform a standard physical exam, including recording your child's height, weight, and other vital measurements. The medical provider will also perform whatever screenings are developmentally appropriate for your child, such as vision, hearing, or dental checks. We will also make sure your child is up on his or her shots.
Once the well-child exam is complete, your medical provider will sit down with you and discuss the results of the checkup. Whether or not the screenings identify any causes for concern, our medical professional will want to discuss developmental milestones and provide wellness advice for your child's ongoing health.
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Cost of Treatment / Insurance
We understand that you want to provide your child with top-rated care that you can afford. Be sure to contact your healthcare insurance provider directly to find out which types of exams and screenings they will be able to cover.
Below is a list of the accepted insurance providers at Altaire Clinic.
- BCBS of MN
- BCBS of ND
- Health Partners
- ND Medicaid
- Preferred One
- Tricare/Health Net Federal Services
- United Health Care
- VA PC3 (Optum)
*Please contact us if you have any questions as to if we accept your insurance.
Why Choose Altaire Clinic
Whether you're concerned about your toddler's developmental health or you just want to make sure your baby is growing up normally, Altaire Clinic has a team of medical professionals with years of experience in providing medical care for families.
With multiple board-certified medical professionals, Altaire Clinic's highly experienced staff is ready to provide your family with the top-rated medical care and nurturing atmosphere your child needs to thrive. At Altaire Clinic, put professional-to-patient communication and lifelong wellness first.
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Our caring and compassionate team is devoted to providing children with the care they need to grow up in a healthy environment. Give us a call, send us an email, or fill out our online contact form if you want to learn more about our family-practiced medical care.
Common Questions About Pediatric Wellness Exams
When should I take my baby to the clinic?
Well-baby visits should begin very soon after coming home from the hospital, typically no later than the baby's fifth day old. Following that initial visit, the subsequent well-baby visits should be conducted when your baby is 2 weeks old, then at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, and 24 months old. Follow-up schedules may be modified depending on individual needs. Typically well child checks are done yearly until the age of 18 years.
What are the 4 pediatric age categories?
Generally, pediatric patients are divided up into four groups: 1) Neonates; 2) Infants; 3) Children; and 4) Adolescents. Neonates are children who are less than 1 month old. Infants are at least 1 month old but haven't yet reached 2 years of age. Children are older than 2 years but haven't yet reached 12 years old. Finally, adolescents are at least 12 years old but haven't yet reached the common age of adulthood, which is 18 years old. Each of these categories has different developmental milestones and different medical concerns that pediatric specialists keep an eye on as your child grows.
What are common pediatric concerns?
Pediatric specialists can treat virtually any typical childhood illness. Some of the most common ailments include ear pain (which may be caused by an ear infection, sinus infection, or "swimmer's ear"), sore throat (which may be caused by strep or tonsillitis), cough, and the common cold.
We encourage you to book a consultation, so one of our providers can personally discuss your needs and recommend the procedures best suited to your lifestyle. Contact us by phone or use the convenient form below so you can reach your ultimate health, wellness, & beauty goals.