Dr. Barry Hainer discusses how often a child should see a doctor and describes what preventive health measures are taken at several of these visits.
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How often should a child see his or her doctor? Dr. Barry Hainer: A child should be brought into there physician for office visits for preventive health care purposes within the first week of life if there symptom from the hospital earlier than 48 hours of age. Then again at first month of life, the second month of life and then at four, six, nine and 12 months of life and the first year and at two, four, six months of age immunizations are usually provided at the time of there visit. Again at 12 months of age additional immunizations are provided. The next sequence of visits in the first and the second year of life would be at 15 and 18 months where additional immunizations maybe provided or a catch up immunizations if they missed earlier. And then usually following 18 months of age children are seen six months later if there second birthday. And usually at two years and six months and then three years and then usually falling that at annual intervals. The next groups of immunizations booster doses are provided at between four and six years of age. And that one year annual visit for preventive health care purposes is important to maintain right up until there adolescence years there is an important what we call immunization flat form or pre-adolescent screening visit at 11 to 12 years of age where there is a group of immunizations that are design for adolescence that are provided at those visits. Then of course it’s great to have adolescence visit on an annual basis to discuss preventive healthcare that is important although it becomes a little harder I think for parents to persuade there teenagers to come to the physicians office except if they’re quite ill.