The Importance of Preventive Care

How preventive care from your pediatricians in Medfield, and Weston, MA, can protect your child’s health

Your child’s medical care is important, and it all begins with preventive care. Preventing illness, disease, and injury is the foundation of taking care of your child’s health. Your pediatrician can help,

The pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley offer a wide range of medical services for children, including preventive care. They have two convenient office locations in Medfield, and Weston, MA, to protect your child’s health.

Routine well-child visits are vital opportunities for your pediatrician to examine your child, administer immunizations, and provide valuable education and tools so you can safeguard your child’s health.

Guidelines on how often your child should receive preventive care are listed below. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your child should have:

  • A first well-child visit within 2 to 5 days of birth
  • The second well-child visit at 2 weeks
  • Well-child visits at 1,2,4,6,9,15, and 18 months
  • Another well-child visit at 2 years old

During the well-child visit, your pediatrician will monitor your child’s height, weight, and other important growth and development milestones, to make sure your child is on track for healthy growth and development. Additional well-child visits should occur when your child attends daycare and school. Sports physicals are also an important part of preventive care.

These well-child visits and physicals are vital parts of preventive care, and preventive care is important because:

  • Your pediatrician can diagnose illnesses and diseases early when they are easily treatable
  • Potential problems can be identified before your child begins a sport
  • Immunizations can be administered, so your child can be protected from serious, contagious diseases and conditions
  • Behavioral and learning problems can be identified and treated early, so your child can thrive in school and beyond

To learn more about recommendations for your child’s health from the American Academy of Pediatrics, please click here.

To discover more about the importance of preventive care from your pediatrician and how it can protect your child’s health, call the pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Wellesley. You can reach them in Medfield, MA, at (508) 359-9200, or in Weston, MA, by calling (781) 736-0040, so call now.