You will visit the paediatrician for routine health visits, beginning at baby’s six weeks check-up and continuing until adolescence. During routine health visits, we focus on the child’s general health and development. This allows us to compile a body of knowledge of the child’s growth and health within the family context and ensure that we can pick up any chronic problems that might present itself over time. Remember, early detection leads to early intervention.
We set aside 30 minutes for each appointment and this allows us to take the time to make every visit as pleasant as possible for both the patient and parent. Remember to make a list of any questions you might want to discuss with us during your routine visit – anything from care and feeding (breastfeeding, formula feeding, weaning and starting solid foods), to behavioural development and sleeping patterns.
Routine health visits will depend on your baby’s gestation and general health, but typically you will see us for a routine visit at six weeks, four months, eight months, one year, 18 months, two years, and then once a year until the age of 16. By the age of 16, we will deal mainly with adolescent issues.
Please note that routine health visits are separate to visits during periods of illness. It is very difficult to assess a child’s developmental milestones when he or she is ill, feverish and generally not feeling well.