Parents and caregivers know to seek medical attention when their child is sick, but regular "healthy" child visits are just as important.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends regular periodic well child physical exams or "checkups" from infancy to adolescence. During these important visits your child's growth and development will be discussed. In addition to monitoring weight, height and blood pressure, providers will also screen hearing and vision, discuss nutrition, activity and test for cholesterol and anemia. You will also receive anticipatory guidance for prevention and safety.
Back-to-school check-ups are often the only visit kids and teenagers have with their pediatrician every year. This annual physical gives the pediatrician a chance to give the child a thorough physical exam and also addresses any emotional, developmental, or social concerns.
Immunizations are the single most effective way to prevent serious and life-threatening diseases in children. PM Kidz strongly urges for all children to receive the recommended schedule of immunizations based on the American Academy of Pediatrics and Center for Disease Control guidelines. This schedule has been researched and documented to be the most effective and safest way to protect children. The vaccines are carefully timed to provide protection when children are most vulnerable and when the vaccines will produce the strongest response from the child's immune system. The science is overwhelming that vaccines are safe and effective. When children fail to receive vaccines at the recommended times it leads to gaps in the shield of protection that immunizations provide our entire community, making it more vulnerable, including children who are too young to benefit from vaccines and those who cannot be vaccinated due to medical problems.
At PM Kidz we are committed to working with all families in hopes that we can educate and provide information on the safety and necessity of timely childhood vaccinations.