One of the best things you can do for your children is to ensure they receive regularly scheduled medical care as well as prompt medical attention should they become sick. The team at Novant Health Family Medicine Residency Clinic is devoted to providing the best medical care possible to children of all ages.
Well-child checkups allow your child’s provider to monitor growth and development, and to address any concerns without delay. Children normally see a provider for well-child checkups at the following ages:
- Within one week of hospital discharge
- Two weeks
- One month
- Two months
- Four months
- Six months
- Nine months
- One year
- 15 months
- 18 months
- Two years
- 2.5 years
- Three years
- Annually after three years
Our office follows the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommended vaccine schedule (below). Should you have any questions about your child’s vaccines, please ask anyone in our office.
When your child is sick, you need care quickly and from a provider you can trust. We reserve same-day and next-day appointments for sick children whenever possible. Also, should you need guidance after office hours, calling us will put you in touch with our triage team which will direct you as to whether your child’s condition can be addressed once our office reopens or if you should seek more immediate medical attention.
Lactation help for new mothers
Kelley Lawrence, MD, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is also a member of the American Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and participates in continuing medical education with the organization to stay up-to-date with best practices in breastfeeding.
Dr. Lawrence works with new parents to support breastfeeding efforts and help with concerns including:
- Latch issues. Through breastfeeding observation, she can assess a baby’s latch to make sure he is latching correctly so as to receive milk and lessen any pain to the mother.
- Newborn weight gain. Pre- and post-nursing weight checks are available to determine how much milk a baby is receiving.
- Questions and concerns from mothers who need to make a plan for pumping, saving and storing milk after a return to work.
- Low milk supply or surplus milk supply. She will discuss ways to increase or regulate supply.
- Issues affecting the breast such as plugged ducts, mastitis, and nipple and breast yeast.
- Baby growth spurts and nursing strikes that can affect breastfeeding.
Below is the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommended vaccine schedule. Following this schedule will ensure your child is as protected as possible from some potentially serious illnesses.