The Importance Of Well Child Care Visits

Edinburg Children's Clinic provides both acute and chronic management services for children from birth to 21 years of age. One of the most important is the well-child visit, a head-to-toe assessment of your child's current medical condition, and a review of potential health concerns. Dr. Livania Zavala-Spinetti really is the best pediatrician to see in the Edinburg and McAllen, TX, area as she takes preventive care very seriously.

What a well-child visit involves

It best happens once a year at either our Edinburg or McAllen, TX, office. Your pediatrician performs a complete assessment of your child's physical condition and also measures his or her growth and development. This helps your pediatrician best understand growth patterns as compared to youngsters of the same age and gender.

Also, Dr. Zavala-Spinetti does a hands-on exam which includes:

  • Vision and hearing testing
  • Measurement of height and weight (and head size for infants)
  • Taking vital signs (heart rate, respiration, blood pressure)
  • Examining ears, nose, and throat
  • Chest auscultation with a stethoscope (breath and heart sounds)
  • Palpation of lymph nodes and abdomen
  • Check of reflexes and muscular strength

Your pediatrician also wants to hear about your concerns. You'll discuss language and speech development, stage of puberty, medical conditions such as asthma and diabetes, and learning and behavioral difficulties. If your child requires referral to a medical specialist, our staff will help coordinate that care.

Vaccinations and paperwork

If you need forms completed for school, daycare, sports, or other reasons, the well-child visit is the time to get that done. Also, your child's vaccines will be updated as needed, including the administration of the annual flu shot. We follow the vaccine schedules published by the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

We're in this together

At Edinburg Children's Clinic, Dr. Zavala-Spinetti and her team help both parents and kids along the path to best wellness. The well-child visit produces information important to that goal. If it's time for your youngster's check-up with this wonderful pediatrician, please contact either one of our offices for a convenient appointment. In Edinburg, call (956) 682-4500. For the McAllen location, call us at (956) 331-6063.