Pediatrics is an essential branch of medicine that addresses the needs of children as they grow, including vaccinations and well-child visits. At Puget Sound Medical Associates in Edmonds, Washington, the team provides every aspect of your child's care, from their first newborn visit to high school sports physicals. The team offers every vaccination your child needs to stay healthy. Call the team today to schedule a well-visit for your child or request a consultation on the website.
Pediatric medicine focuses on the health and wellness of children under 21. A pediatric doctor provides the tools to keep your child healthy as they grow by providing regular screenings and preventive care.
Wellness checks are a vital component of pediatric medicine and follow a particular schedule based on your child's age. In their first year of life, your child should have at least seven wellness visits to assess growth development and to get the necessary vaccinations.
As your child gets older, these visits typically slow down, with only one a year necessary after the age of three. These appointments are crucial as your child grows to ensure they're meeting vital milestones and to raise any concerns you have with their health.
The team also evaluates your child's growth and nutrition to ensure they develop as they should. Vaccinations and physical exams are preventive measures the team offers at each well-child visit.
School physicals are another essential aspect of pediatric medicine. Most schools require a physical at the start of your child's education and certain milestones as they progress.
Your specific state and school typically have a form you bring along to your child's physical for the team to fill out and return to the school district.
During a school physical, the team assesses your child's overall health and the need for any preventive care. You can expect the following during the appointment:
If the team finds any irregularities in your child's physical exam, they investigate further and may suggest a specialist for specific issues.
Vaccinations are another essential aspect of your child's health. Vaccines keep your child safe from dangerous and sometimes life-threatening illnesses.
The CDC recommends following a vaccination schedule for your child, which the team also follows. Keeping your child vaccinated protects them from severe illnesses such as:
The team at Puget Sound Medical Associates provides your child with every vaccine they need as they grow.
Call the Puget Sound Medical Associates team today to schedule a well-child visit or request a consultation on the website.