Regular checkups help ensure that your child is growing and developing as they should. They’re also are a great opportunity to chat about how your child is doing, explore their health goals, learn what to expect in the next year, and ask any other questions you may have. In addition to the physical exam, well child visits often include other important preventive care like immunizations and screenings.
For complete details, please see our Visit & Vaccine Schedule.
Bright Futures Recommendations
Dr. Whittaker follows the American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures recommendations for pediatric preventive care, which includes:
Neonatal State Screen Blood Test
Checks for 40+ rare disorders that can cause brain damage or death if not treated early. Learn more at Oregon Health Authority Newborn Screening.
Checks whether your child’s development is typical for his or her age. These are done formally at 9, 18 and 24 months of age.
Checks cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Checks for hearing problems
Checks for vision problems
Checks for anemia
Follows Center for Disease Control Guidelines
Checks for lead exposure
Assessing for risks and tolerance of childhood traumatic experiences
Checks for sexually transmitted diseases
Oregon schools require a pre-participation exam and OSAA form before an athlete is cleared to play team sports. An annual checkup meets this requirement and is covered by most insurance plans. We will complete the OSAA form if you’ve had a routine checkup within the last year.