In addition to taking your child to the physician when your child is ill or needs an examination to participate in a particular activity, routine well-care visits are recommended.
Newborns born at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, will be cared for by the in-house hospital pediatrician, and arrangements should be made to follow up with us in the office within one to three days of going home from the hospital. Please bring hospital discharge papers with you to your first appointment.
The newborn check-up is usually done in the office within one to two days of leaving the hospital when your baby is 3-5 days old. This check-up is important to assess the baby’s feeding habits, assist with breastfeeding, and check for weight loss and jaundice. If all is going well, the next newborn check-up is usually at 2 weeks of age.
Immunization is key to preventing disease among the general population. Vaccines benefit both the people who receive them and the vulnerable, unvaccinated people around them because the infection can no longer spread through the community if most people are immunized. In addition, immunizations reduce the number of deaths and disabilities from infections, such as measles, whooping cough, and chickenpox.
The sports physical is known as a preparticipation physical examination. The exam helps determine whether it's safe for you to participate in a particular sport. We recommend that kids and teens have a sports physical before they start a new sport or begin a new competitive season.