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Well-Child Checkups Specialist

Smyrna Pediatrics

Pediatricians & Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner located in SMYRNA, TN

Are you concerned that your child isn’t growing or developing normally? If so, a well-child checkup may provide you with peace of mind. Rachel Ricafort, MD, FAAP, and our pediatric caregivers at Smyrna Pediatrics in Smyrna, Tennessee, provide well-child checkups for children of all ages from infants to young adults. If it’s been more than a year since your son or daughter’s last well-child checkup, call the office or click the online booking tool to request your appointment today.

Well-Child Checkups

What is a well-child checkup?

A well-child checkup is a type of doctor’s appointment that presents an opportunity to check in on your son or daughter’s health. Well-child checkups usually begin a few days after the birth of your son or daughter and occur once a year until your child turns 18. 

What happens during a well-child checkup?

During a well-child checkup, a physical exam is performed, your child’s immunizations are provided or updated, and we track your child’s growth and development. Our providers discuss  illness prevention, diet, safety issues, mental well-being, and physical fitness. 

A well-child checkup presents an opportunity to ask questions about your child’s growth and development. If your child doesn’t reach certain milestones or they regularly experience symptoms that concern you, don’t hesitate to speak up. When it comes to knowing your child, you’re an expert, so let Dr. Ricafort and our staff know if you have concerns. 

Are vaccines safe?

Vaccinations are a key component of any well-child checkup. Some parents worry that immunizations may increase their child’s risk of developmental disorders such as autism, but there’s no scientific evidence to back these theories up. 

All vaccines undergo years of testing prior to public release. In addition, research shows that vaccines are safe and play a crucial role in keeping your children healthy. 

How often should I schedule a well-child checkup?

When it comes to well-child checkups, there’s no set of specific rules. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children participate in their first well-child exam 3-5 days after birth, and again at one month, two months, four months, six months, and one year. 

After your son or daughter turns 1, it’s usually recommended they participate in a well-child checkup at least once a year. 

If your son or daughter develops a chronic condition such as asthma or diabetes, more frequent appointments may be necessary. Listen to instructions provided and follow the recommended guidelines as best as possible. 

Participating in regular well-child checkups is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect the health and well-being of your children. 

Whether you’ve recently relocated to the Smyrna, Tennesee, area and wish to establish care with a new provider, or you’re preparing to have your first baby, Dr. Ricafort and the team at Smyrna Pediatrics can help. 

To request your well-child checkup, call the office or click the online booking tool today.