What happens during my child’s appointment?
During pediatric care appointments with Dr. Lopez, she and her team perform:
Vital signs check
Dr. Lopez checks your child’s height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs. They also assess your child’s growth and development.
Medical history evaluation
Dr. Lopez reviews your child’s medical history and asks questions about the symptoms they are experiencing. She also assesses their development by asking you questions or completing developmental assessments.
During a physical exam, Dr. Lopez evaluates your child’s abdomen, limbs, eyes, ears, throat, breathing, and heartbeat.
If your child is ill or exhibits symptoms of a chronic disease like asthma, allergies, or diabetes, Dr. Lopez might utilize throat or nasal swabs, blood tests, urine tests, lung function tests, or imaging procedures to make a diagnosis.
Your child may not require treatment but if they do, Dr. Lopez might recommend nutrition support, meal planning, other lifestyle changes, dietary supplements, medications, breathing treatments, physical or occupational therapy, speech therapy, or behavioral therapy. She refers out to specialists whenever necessary.
When should I schedule pediatric care?
As a rule, schedule child wellness exams every year or more often for children and babies under three years old. Schedule a sick visit for your child if they exhibit unusual symptoms that don’t subside on their own or are severe.
Give your child the best chance to thrive and maintain optimal health. Schedule a pediatric care appointment with Dr. Lopez and her team over the phone or online today.