Pediatric Care Specialist

Bethesda Immediate Care

Primary Care Physicians located in Bethesda, MD

It is important that your pediatric care provider is trustworthy and accessible when your child is sick or you have concerns about their health or development. The providers at Bethesda Immediate Care, of Bethesda, Maryland, offer services that support your child’s health and wellness throughout their childhood. For a consultation and expert pediatric care, call or schedule an appointment online.

Pediatric Care Q & A

What is pediatric care?

Pediatric care is an area of medicine that focuses on the specialized needs of children, from newborn through age 21. Your pediatric care provider at Bethesda Immediate Care has extensive knowledge of the developmental, emotional, and physical needs of your child.

Pediatric care includes a wide range of services that support their health and wellness, for the purpose of:

  • Tracking development and growth
  • Early detection of developmental or physical problems
  • Identifying risk factors of disease
  • Preventing disease
  • Educating parent and child
  • Supporting a healthy lifestyle
  • Treatment of acute and chronic disease
  • Building trust between provider, parent, and child

Regular exams are one of the most essential aspects of quality pediatric care and are important for protecting your child’s health throughout their childhood.

What happens during a pediatric exam?

Regular visits with your pediatric specialist begin immediately after your child is born and last until they are young adults. Bethesda Immediate Care offers specialized exams, including:

  • Newborn exams: from birth until two months old
  • Well-infant exams: from two months old until one year old
  • Well-child exam: from one year through young adulthood

During these exams, your provider:

  • Records height and weight
  • Takes vital signs
  • Updates immunizations
  • Evaluates vision and hearing
  • Assesses major body systems
  • Identifies risks for disease
  • Identifies symptoms of disease

Your child’s exam offers time for you to ask any questions or share any concerns with your provider.

How often does my child need a pediatric care exam?

After the initial newborn hospital exam, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends regular pediatric exams begin within 3-5 days after birth.

Newborn or well-infant exams take place every one to three months for the first year of life and usually coincide with the recommended childhood immunization schedule.

After a year, well-child exams take place at:

  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 24 months old
  • 30 months old
  • Three years old

Starting at four years old, your pediatric care provider sees your child annually until they are young adults.

What are some types of pediatric care services?

Along with regular pediatric care visits, Bethesda Immediate Care offers a wide variety of services that support your child’s health, including:

  • Newborn care
  • Lactation support
  • Immunizations
  • Asthma support
  • Allergy testing
  • Specialist referrals
  • Sports physicals
  • Urgent care and same-day sick visits
  • Special needs evaluation
  • Medication management
  • Weight management and nutrition counseling

Your pediatric provider identifies and treats common childhood conditions, such as colds, minor injuries, eczema, asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), developmental delays, and food allergies. Bethesda Immediate Care also offers same-day urgent care visits, for when nonemergent concerns arise.

For expert pediatric care from newborn to young adult, call or schedule an appointment online with Bethesda Immediate Care.