Children's Well Exams Specialist

Missouri River Healthcare

Family Practice located in Great Falls, MT

Between dramatic growth spurts, vaccination boosters, and early disease intervention — and everything in between — managing your child’s health can be overwhelming. At Missouri River Healthcare, the team of caring family physicians and family nurse practitioners are dedicated to managing your child’s health and wellbeing from birth, all the way through adulthood. You can book your children’s well exams at this Great Falls, Montana family practice by requesting an appointment online or by calling the clinic.

Children's Well Exams Q & A

How often does my child need an exam?

It just depends on your child’s age and their overall health. For their first few years of life, they’re going through dramatic growth spurts as their vital organs, bones, and soft tissues continue to develop. Your little one should have a well-baby exam every one to three months during their first year, then about every three to six months until age three.

As long as your child is generally healthy and developing according to growth charts for their age bracket, typically they only need to see their family practitioner once a year for well-child exams. Of course, if they get sick, have an injury, or start experiencing concerning symptoms between visits, you should certainly plan on scheduling them a visit right away.

What happens during a children’s well exam?

Children’s well exams (well-child physicals) are preventive visits to ensure your child stays healthy. Depending on your child’s needs and any concerns you may have, their exam may consist of:

  • Checking their height and weight
  • Offering nutrition and dietary counseling
  • Ordering a blood draw or urinalysis
  • Getting boosters or new vaccines

Or if your newborn boy needs to be circumcised, this procedure may be included in their well-baby appointment. It’s often helpful for parents to write down a list of concerns or questions for the team of family practitioners at Missouri River Healthcare, just to ensure you get the most out of your child’s exam.

Which vaccines does my child need?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides recommendations as to which vaccines your child should have, depending on their age. Most children need the following immunizations, plus any follow-up booster shots:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Rotavirus and polio (IPV)
  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • Pneumococcal disease (PCV)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular, pertussis (DTaP)

School-aged children can start getting annual flu shots, while pre-teens should start getting human papillomavirus (HPV) injections as recommended. Plus, your child’s school or sporting team may require additional vaccines and immunizations outside of traditional recommendations.

Since one of the major reasons it’s so important to keep up with routine children’s wellness exams is to get your little one up-to-date on their shots, it can be helpful to bring in prior vaccination records if you’re a new patient. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of your child’s immunization records though. The team at Missouri River Healthcare can work with you to determine which shots your child likely needs.

Schedule your child’s preventive wellness exam at Missouri River Healthcare by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the clinic.