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Children’s Health Screenings at Every Age & Every Stage

As a parent, ensuring that your child is in good health can be overwhelming and nerve-wracking. With so much information available at your fingertips, it can be difficult to decipher what is best for your child. A great first step is to schedule a regular health screening. At Harbin Clinic Pediatrics, our pediatricians are here to help you navigate all the twists and turns of childhood and care for your child at every age and every stage.

What to Expect

Dr. Chelsea Tehan, Pediatrics Adairsville, caring for a young patient

A full exam with a pediatrician will often include assessing vital signs, monitoring growth and development, keeping up with age-specific immunizations, and a full physical exam. This is a lot of information to keep up with, but Harbin Clinic Pediatrics is prepared to be an active health partner as both the child and the parent navigate each stage of childhood development. Use our patient portal to stay in touch with your child’s pediatrician about appointments, prescriptions, summaries of your office visit, and much more!

Every Stage

Depending on the age of your child, how often you go to checkups and what their exam includes can change. For children under the age of 3 years, wellness checks should be performed at varying intervals. 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. “These early well checks are very important not only because of the vaccines children receive at those exams, but also because we look to see that our patients are meeting those early developmental milestones,” explains Dr. Katherine Fields, a pediatrician at Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Cartersville.

Dr. Katherine Fields, Pediatrics Cartersville

Parents and guardians routinely keep wellness visit appointments for babies and toddlers. However, these wellness visits may be missed as children get older. It is crucial that wellness visits are a part of every developmental stage. These visits ensure your child is reaching important health milestones and hitting appropriate growth markers at each stage of childhood development. “I highly encourage parents to continue with those yearly well checks,” shares Dr. Fields. “It’s not uncommon for vision or hearing impairments to first be discovered at a yearly check up.” As your child matures into their pre-teen and teen years, regular health screenings can also play a vital role in social, emotional and behavioral development.

“It’s a joy for me to see my patients grow and develop throughout those various stages of their childhood,” says Dr. Fields.  

Harbin Clinic Pediatrics is ready to take care of your baby, toddler, preteen, or teen! Use this link to make an appointment for your child with Harbin Clinic Pediatrics today!

Content updated May 2023.

Published July 21, 2022

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