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Focused on Well Child Care

Blog Focused on Well Child Care

Parents and pediatricians are a team that work together to make sure children grow up into strong, healthy individuals.

There’s a lot more to health than caring for someone when they’re sick, which is why children should visit their healthcare providers on a regular basis instead of just for acute illnesses. These regular appointments are called “Well Child Visits.” Pediatricians traditionally have a strong emphasis on “preventative medicine” and this begins at birth.

“Our ability to provide the best care for our patients is dependent on being able to develop a ‘partnership of understanding and trust’ by being able to provide a Medical Home for our patients during times of both illness and stress and also during periods of wellness,” said Jim Laughlin, MD.

During the first two years of life, children are seen frequently so their growth and development can be followed closely and immunizations can be given. Since it is a period of rapid growth and development, this is an important time for the pediatrician and parents to develop a collaborative partnership in caring for infants and young children. Anticipatory guidance for topics of concern such as nutrition, behavior and development are very important.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children have yearly checkups starting at age three. During these visits, a detailed history and physical examination will be done to catch any potential problems early in order to treat them so that “minor” health and behavioral problems potentially do not evolve into “serious” issues.

It is recommended that all middle and high school students that are taking medications for chronic conditions or are involved in sports have a yearly comprehensive physical exam. During these visits periodic evaluation of growth, nutrition, blood pressure, lipid screening, behavioral health screening and immunization status are very important assessments that are performed.

Your child’s pediatrician is here to help. Schedule a Well Visit at an IU Health Riley Physicians office near you:


350 S. Landmark Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47403
Open: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

651 S. Clarizz Blvd.
Bloomington, IN 47401
Open: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

4935 W. Arlington Rd.
Bloomington, IN 47404
Open: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm


1614 25th St.
Bedford, IN 47421
Open: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm


2209 John R. Wooden Dr.
Martinsville, IN 46151
Open: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday, 9 am – 12 pm

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