Staying on top of your child’s health from year to year is an important part of preventive care. To track changes from one year to the next, Theresa Shouse, MD, and the medical team at Pediatric Associates of Plano offers comprehensive wellness exams at their office in Plano, Texas, on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. In-office evaluations are also beneficial for building a solid foundation between your child and their pediatrician. If it’s been more than a year since your child’s last wellness exam, schedule an appointment at Pediatric Associates of Plano today by booking online or calling the office.
Wellness exams are routine health evaluations your child should receive once a year to monitor their growth and development. These exams should be scheduled around each birthday, even when your child isn’t sick or has recently been in the office for a sick visit.
In addition to tracking your child’s growth, wellness exams give your pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Plano the opportunity to identify potential health issues in their earliest stages. As many conditions don’t often present symptoms until they progress, annual exams ensure your child is healthy and their body is functioning optimally.
Each exam starts with a review of your child’s personal and family health history. Your provider also assesses your child’s existing health and can discuss any new symptoms they have. This is also a great time to talk about any concerns you have regarding your child’s physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral health.
During a physical exam, your pediatrician notes important information about your child, including their:
The pediatrician also evaluates your child’s vision using the Welch Allyn SureSight® screening and Snellen eye charts. On-site hearing evaluations are also available, including audiometric and otoacoustic hearing screenings.
If your child is undergoing treatment for existing health issues, your pediatrician can review the effectiveness of current treatments and make adjustments as needed. For instance, if your child has allergy symptoms, skin testing may be recommended to identify their allergy triggers.
Your pediatrician can administer any necessary vaccinations during the wellness appointment.
Blood work may be part of a routine wellness exam if your child has unexplained symptoms or risk factors for certain diseases, such as diabetes and high cholesterol.
The staff at Pediatric Associates of Plano have an on-site lab to ensure you receive a quick turnaround time on results. These screenings provide your pediatrician with valuable diagnostic information to identify underlying illnesses or confirm that your child is otherwise healthy.
If you need to schedule wellness exams for your kids, call Pediatric Associates of Plano today or request an appointment online now.