Well Child Exams

Well Baby Exams, Well Child Exams
By  Dr. Carrie Rittling (crittling) - at  January 7, 2014    

WELL BABY & WELL CHILD EXAMS

Most babies have their first checkup within the first few weeks after birth. Even when things are going well, frequent checkups during the first year are an important way to monitor your child’s growth and development. During our well child exams in Mesa AZ, the doctor will evaluate developmental growth by asking questions specific to the child’s age.

It is recommended that children have a well-child examination at the following ages:
• 2 weeks
• 1 month
• 3 months
• 6 months
• 9 months
• 12 months
• 15 months
• 18 months
• 24 months

Every year until 18 years old

Measurements

Most well-baby checkups begin with measurements of your baby’s length, weight and head circumference. The measurements will be plotted on a growth chart.

Complete Physical Exam

Expect a thorough physical exam during the checkup.
Head. The doctor will check the soft spots (fontanels) on your baby’s head. These gaps between the skull bones give your baby’s brain plenty of room to grow. They’re safe to touch and typically disappear within 12 to 18 months, when the skull bones fuse together.

Ears

The doctor will check for fluid or infection in your baby’s ears with an instrument called an otoscope.

Eyes

Using a bright object or flashlight to catch your baby’s attention, he or she may track your baby’s eye movements and check for crossing of the eyes.

Mouth

A look inside your baby’s mouth may reveal signs of oral thrush, a common — and easily treated — yeast infection. As your baby gets older, the doctor may ask whether you’ve noticed more drooling or chewing than usual. These are often the first signs of teething.

Skin

Various skin conditions may be identified during the exam, including birthmarks, and rashes.

Heart and Lungs

The doctor will listen to your baby’s heart and lungs with a stethoscope to detect any abnormal heart sounds or rhythms or breathing difficulties.

Abdomen

By gently pressing your baby’s abdomen, the doctor can detect tenderness, enlarged organs or hernias, which occurs when a bit of intestine or fatty tissue near the navel breaks through the muscular wall of the abdomen. Most umbilical hernias resolve on their own by age 2.

Hips and legs

Your baby’s legs may be moved to check for dislocation or other problems with the hip joints.

Genitalia

The doctor will inspect your baby’s genitalia for tenderness, lumps or other signs of infection.

Dr. Carrie Rittling (crittling)

Dr. Carrie Rittling (crittling)

Carrie Rittling is a licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor in the state of Arizona. She specializes in treating many childhood conditions including Adolescent Depression and Anxiety, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders and Autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Rittling’s approach can include interpretation of Neurotransmitter Testing, IgG Food Intolerance Testing and Heavy Metal Testing specific to each individual case. In addition to the specialty labs, Dr. Rittling primarily uses classical homeopathy to treat her patients. She also uses diet and lifestyle counseling, and nutritional supplements to help guide her patients toward their optimal health.

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