Infant and Child Wellness

An infant or child wellness exam, also known as a well-child visit or check-up, is a routine medical examination that is conducted by CardinaLight Health to assess the growth and development of infants and children. These exams are typically scheduled at specific intervals during the first few years of a child’s life and are aimed at ensuring that the child is growing and developing normally.

During an infant or child wellness exam, Sharon Larsen, DNP, APN will perform a physical examination, check the child’s height and weight, take their temperature, and conduct developmental and behavioral screenings. She will also discuss the child’s diet, sleep habits, and any concerns that the parents may have.

The frequency and content of infant and child wellness exams may vary depending on the child’s age, medical history, and any particular health concerns and are an important part of preventive healthcare. Wellness exams are typically covered by health insurance plans.

Childhood Vaccines

Childhood vaccines are important for a number of reasons, including:

  1. Protection against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases: Vaccines are designed to protect children from a range of infectious diseases, some of which can cause serious illness and even death. Vaccines have been successful in eradicating or greatly reducing the incidence of many infectious diseases, such as measles, polio, and tetanus.
  2. Prevention of outbreaks and epidemics: When a large proportion of a population is vaccinated against a particular disease, it can prevent outbreaks and epidemics from occurring. This is because the disease has fewer opportunities to spread from person to person.
  3. Protection of vulnerable populations: Some individuals, such as newborns, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems, are particularly susceptible to certain diseases. Vaccinating children helps protect these vulnerable populations by reducing the overall incidence of disease in the community.
  4. Cost-effectiveness: Vaccines are a cost-effective way to prevent disease. The cost of vaccinating a child is much lower than the cost of treating a child who has become ill with a vaccine-preventable disease. Most health insurance plans will cover childhood vaccines. For cash pay patients, CardinaLight Health can assist you with finding where to go for the most cost effective options for your child.
  5. Promotion of overall health: Vaccines not only protect against specific diseases, but they also promote overall health. By preventing illness, vaccines help children stay healthy and maintain their ability to learn and grow.

Overall, childhood vaccines are a critical tool in preventing disease and promoting public health. Vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective, and they are a vital part of preventive healthcare for children. CardinaLight Health follows the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for the child vaccine schedule, but will work with families if they opt to space out vaccines.

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