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Well Child Exam Specialist

Heber Valley Pediatrics

Pediatrics & Behavioral Health located in Heber City, UT

A well child exam is one of the most effective ways of protecting your child’s health and establishing a lifetime of wellness. David Larson, MD, FAAP of Heber Valley Pediatrics offers quality well child exams to children of all ages at his office in Heber City, Utah. For infants to young adults, he provides a comprehensive pediatric assessment of your son or daughter’s physical and developmental health. To make an appointment for a well child visit, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Well Child Q&A

What is a well child exam?

 

A well child exam is an age-specific assessment of your son or daughter’s health at a time when they aren’t sick. Well child exams are an excellent way of protecting your young one’s health, beginning when your child is an infant and extending through young adulthood.


This exam also allows Dr. Larson to:

 

  • Keep track of your child’s general health
  • Record and track their growth and development
  • Administer and update vaccines
  • Detect early signs of developmental and behavioral problems
  • Answer any questions you may have
  • Assess any concerning symptoms
  • Identify any risk factors for disease 
  • Educate you about proper childhood nutrition
  • Encourage healthy behaviors
  • Identify any need for referrals to specialists

 

Well child exams are preventive, fully covered by insurance, and allow Dr. Larson to assess your child’s health when they aren’t feeling sick. This helps build trust before they are hurting, having signs of illness, or are in the hospital. 

How often does my child need a well child exam?

 

The earlier you begin well child visits, the better. During the first two months after birth, Dr. Larson provides excellent newborn care. Well child exams start after your child is two months old, and extend through about age 18. They typically coincide with the childhood immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

During the first year of their life, your child visits Dr. Larson every 1-2 months. After your child’s first birthday, a well child exam takes place at:

 

  • 15 months 
  • 18 months 
  • Two years
  • 30 months
  • Three years

 

From age four through young adulthood, well child exams only take place about once a year. Many parents opt to schedule well child visits around the start of the school year.

 

What happens during a well child exam?

 

As your child ages, Dr. Larson and the Heber Valley Pediatrics team tailor their well child exams to fit their specific developmental needs. 

 

During your child’s visit, they:

 

  • Measure height and weight
  • Record blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate
  • Listen to the heart, lungs, and abdomen 
  • Look inside the ears, nose, and mouth
  • Assess vision and hearing
  • Test reflexes and motor skills
  • Take a sample of blood or urine, if needed
  • Administer and update vaccines 

 

An important aspect of Dr. Larson’s examination is to assess your child for any signs of developmental conditions or mental or emotional problems, such as childhood anxiety. He shares any concerns he may have with you, and advises continued testing or a personalized treatment plan, if needed.

 

To schedule your son or daughter’s well child exam, call the office or schedule an appointment online with Heber Valley Pediatrics today.