What is the difference between a Well Child visit and a Sick visit to their pediatrician?

While a Sick visit concentrates on the problem or ailment that brought the patient to the doctor’s office (cold, flu, stomachache, etc.), the Well Child visit concentrates on the whole body.
At a Well Child visit at Regal Pediatrics and After Hours Care in Rochester Hills and Washington Township, some of the tests and procedures include:

• Vision and hearing test
• Blood pressure screening
• Height and weight measurement
• Vaccinations (we offer FREE vaccines for children, if they qualify)
At Regal Pediatrics and After Hours Care in Rochester Hills and Washington Township, we encourage our patients to share their medical family history.
*“Of particular importance are the people in your family tree who were diagnosed with known inheritable diseases such as diabetes, asthma, muscular dystrophy, psoriasis, breast cancer, etc.”.

To get the most out of a Well Child visit, please be prepared to talk with your pediatrician about history of present illness (if applicable), past medical history, allergies (if applicable), medications taken, family medical history including psychological history, environmental history (is the patient exposed to cigarette smoke?), nutritional habits, developmental and immunization history.

Please dress your child in comfortable clothing and bring books or something else that will keep him/her happy while waiting for the appointment.

How often are Well Child visits?

It depends on the age of the child. Here’s a breakdown by age:

Newborn to 1 year of age – 6 times a year
2 years of age – 4 times a year
3 years of age – twice a year
4+ years of age – once a year

Is fasting necessary for a Well Child visit?

No, fasting is not necessary. Please provide your child with a healthy breakfast and lunch before the appointment.

Do vaccinations take place during a Well Child visit?

Yes, vaccinations will be given if necessary. At Regal Pediatrics and After Hours Care in Rochester Hills and Washington Township, free vaccines are provided to qualified children. Please call our office or contact us via email for more information.

Are Sports Physicals and School Physical Exams the same as a Well Child visit?
Yes, they are the same and from a medical insurance point of view, they qualify as a Well Child visit.

*From Dr. Elghoroury’s book “How To Get The Most From Your Doctor’s Visit”

Dr. Elghoroury and Regal Pediatrics are here to help you for your well child visit as well as a sick visit. Our pediatricians serve in Sterling Heights, Rochester Hills, Washington Township, Troy, Utica, Pontiac and Auburn Hills.

Regal Pediatrics and Regal After Hours Clinic accept most medical insurances including MI Care, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, HMO, HAP, Aetna and many more. For more information about the insurance coverage we accept, please visit the Insurance and Payments page.

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