The Importance of Preventive Medicine

Preventive medicine can play a key role in keeping your children healthy. An important aspect of preventive medicine is scheduling regular well-visits with your child’s pediatrician. Well-visits can include a physical exam, various screenings, and vaccinations. In Chicago, IL, preventive medicine is available for infants, children, and teens at Pediatric Clinic, where Dr. Maria Staisz helps keep kids healthy.

Well Visits

Well-visits are an important aspect of preventive medicine. Scheduling well visits with your child’s pediatrician regularly allows the doctor to monitor health and development to ensure everything is on track. Well-visits also provide an opportunity to identify potential concerns and take preventive steps to promote better health.

Well-visits typically include many different components. Some of the things that might take place during a routine well visit include:

  • Review of individual and family medical histories
  • Review of allergies and medications
  • Physical examination
  • Developmental screenings
  • Vision and hearing screenings
  • Standard vaccinations

Based on your child’s individual and family medical histories, additional screenings might be recommended. For instance, children with a family history of diabetes or other medical conditions could benefit from additional screenings.

The frequency with which your child should see the pediatrician for a well-visit depends on age. Newborns and infants often need to see the doctor every few weeks or months, while older children only require annual visits. The experienced pediatrician at our preventive medicine office in Chicago, IL, can advise you regarding how often your child should come in for well-visits.

Vaccinations and Immunizations

Vaccinations and immunizations are another important aspect of preventive care. Vaccinations keep kids healthy by helping them build immunity to various illnesses and diseases, some of which can be deadly. We follow the vaccination and immunization schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Our skilled pediatric staff can ensure your child is up to date with all the standard vaccinations.

Preventive medicine can play a crucial role in helping your kids stay healthy. To schedule a well-visit with Dr. Staisz at our preventive medicine practice in Chicago, IL, call Pediatric Clinic at (773) 725-5400.

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