Pediatricians are trained in children’s health and only see children in their practice. Therefore, they have a lot of experience in recognizing and treating childhood illnesses. That’s why you’ll want to bring your child to one of our pediatricians.
To treat your child, our pediatricians will:
- Do physical exams
- Give your child vaccinations
- Make sure she/he meets milestones in growth, behavior, and skills
- Diagnose and treat your child's illnesses, infections, injuries, and other health problems
- Give you information about your child's health, safety, nutrition, and fitness needs
- Answer your questions about your little one's growth and development
- Refer you to specialists if she/he thinks your child needs specialist care
- Direct onsite referral to University of Michigan – Michigan Medicine
- Pediatric Urology clinic at Hamilton for children requiring urologic care
Well Child/Well Check Appointments
Though a doctor is usually the first person to call when your child is sick, it’s important to visit the doctor for preventative care beginning at birth through puberty and on into young adulthood. Pediatricians will want to see your children more often from birth to age 2 and then once a year from 2 to 5 for "well-child visits." After age 5, your pediatrician will see your child every year for annual checkups.
A Well Child visit is also when your child can receive his/her vaccines that are due, plus the doctor will evaluate your child’s vision, hearing, heart, along with weight and height. This is a great time to develop a relationship with the doctor for both you and your child, as seeing the doctor when you child is feeling well makes it easier to see the doctor when your child is feeling ill.