Well child visits form the foundation for your child’s healthcare and are an important part of overall health and wellness. For families in and around the Liberty Park area of Vestavia, Alabama, Riley Livingston, MD, of Liberty Pediatrics is their pediatrician of choice. If your child is overdue for a well child visit or you’re searching for a new pediatrician, book an appointment online or by phone to meet with Dr. Livingston and learn more about her approach to children’s health.
As the name implies, a well child visit is an appointment scheduled when your child is not injured or ill. These visits are likely the most common type of interaction with Dr. Livingston and serve a range of important purposes.
To begin, well child visits allow Dr. Livingston to gather information about your child’s health and development and track their progress over time. You’ll be able to see exactly where your child falls among other kids their same age and sex.
Well child visits are also your opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you have about health and wellness issues. For example, if your child is a picky eater you can learn ways to incorporate new foods into their diet. If sleep disruptions are an issue, you can discuss techniques to help your little one relax and prepare for sleep at the end of each day.
There is a multitude of questions parents have as their kids go through the phases of childhood. Having a trusted medical professional to turn to brings peace of mind, something that is beyond value for parents.
Whether those fears are the result of a negative experience or nothing more than an active imagination, Dr. Livingston works hard to dispel any trepidation your child feels about routine doctor visits.
These early interactions can form an impression of healthcare that your child can carry with them for the rest of their life. That’s why it is so important for your child to establish a trusting bond with Dr. Livingston and learn to look forward to well child visits.
Well child visits are the best setting to create those positive impressions. Nothing is worse than having your child’s first interaction with a pediatrician occur when the child is sick or injured.
Ideally, you begin working with Dr. Livingston when your child is a baby, and continue that relationship as they move through the phases of childhood. In many cases, however, a move or other change in circumstances means you need to find a new pediatrician.
Dr. Livingston would love to meet you and your child and discuss ways to enhance or maintain optimal health. That process begins with an initial well child visit. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you can always call during business hours to set up a visit.