How Often Should My Child Get A Routine Checkup?

All children should have regular well-child visits with the doctor as a foundation for positive growth and development. Well-child visits are important from newborns to teens. Even if your child appears healthy, it is important for the doctor to run regular tests and perform a thorough exam in order to identify and address any concerns before they become an issue. Your well-child visit is also a great opportunity to ask the doctor about any behavioral issues, as well as the doctor to ask questions of your child that may not come up in regular conversation with their family.
What happens during a well-child visit?
During a well child visit, the doctor will perform a physical exam from head to toe, check your child’s vision, hearing, and blood pressure.  She may also order additional tests for a more complete picture.  The doctor will perform a developmental screening to check that your child is progressing as expected.  She may also take the opportunity to share wellness and behavioral tips with you and your child.
How often should you schedule a well-child visit?
The doctor may put your child on a specific visit schedule that best suits their needs, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following schedule:

From birth to 1st birthday:

-Newborn, 3-5 days, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months

After the 1st birthday to kindergarten:

-15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months, 3 years

Children and adolescents from 4 to 21 years old need a well-child checkup annually.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT):
Medicaid also provides service to eligible children less than 21 years old if medically necessary to correct or improve a condition, physical or mental illness. 

For more information see the Florida Agency for Health Care Administrationor

 What Should I Do If My Child Is Sick?

Since their immune system is still developing, children are prone to many illnesses.  Even minor illnesses can cause your child discomfort.  As part of our Fit Life Pediatrics family, we’re here to help.  In case of emergency, your first call should always be 9-1-1, but there are many non-urgent yet still uncomfortable health issues where we can help.

If your child is ill, please give us a call before coming into the office.  We may be able to see you via telehealth for a quick consultation, or find an appointment time during the day so you won’t need to wait.  When you do arrive, we ask that you and your child wait in your car and call us from the parking lot as this will help keep all of our patients safe.  We will gather as much information as we can by phone, and then take you directly into a sanitized exam room as soon as the doctor is ready.  This will make the appointment much more comfortable for your child.
What To Let Us Know:
When you call us, in addition to your child’s name and age, we will want to understand their symptoms, when they first started, and how long they lasted. Vomiting, cough and diarrhea are all important symptoms to track. We will ask your child’s current temperature and if that has changed. We will ask about any other changes in your child’s condition, as well as what treatment has been tried. If you administered any medications, please make a note of the dosage and time. The more you can tell us, the faster the doctor will be able to diagnose the issue and recommend a treatment plan.

The Doctor Will See You Now

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mafut via telehealth.  Please have your child on camera with you.
How it works:
1. Book An Appointment by calling 305.777.3505 and let us know if you would like a telehealth appointment.

2. Before your appointment, we may send you a request for additional health information via a secure form.

3. Launch your visit.  You’ll receive a link from us via email.  When it’s time for your appointment simply click the link and say hello!

The benefit of scheduling your telehealth visit with Dr. Mafut rather than a large provider is that she will take the time needed to thoroughly understand your child’s symptoms.  As your child’s primary care physician, if your child must be seen in person, she will be able to make that decision and see you as quickly as possible but also provide recommendations to make your child more comfortable in the meantime.  By having your child’s history, she will be better equipped to provide an effective treatment plan than a physician you have just met.

This may be a better option for many non-critical conditions than a crowded emergency room.  In pediatrics, telemedicine is often effective for general health education, as well as for routine visits for colds, flu, cough, sore throat, upset stomach, skin conditions, appointment follow-up, and some prescription refills. 

Not sure if you should schedule a telemedicine appointment for your child?

Ask us!

 Need A Medical Form For Your Child?

There are several situations where you will be asked to provide a medical form, including your child’s school, summer camps, and sports teams. We make every effort to provide a quick turnaround on forms but they are completed on a first come, first serve basis so please plan ahead during back-to-school season as it tends to get busy.

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