Preventative Health Care

What is Preventative Health Care Preventative Health Care encompasses a wide variety of services to both promote good health and prevent diseases. We provide well child care based on the American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision. What to Expect at Your Visit Below is an overview of what can be expected at well checks. Depending on the age and risk factors present for any given child, not all items are performed at a given visit.

• Measurements of height, weight, head circumference (infants/toddlers), blood pressure, and calculations of proportions
• Sensory screening for vision and hearing
• Lab testing for anemia, lead exposure, hyperlipidemia, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases
• Developmental/Behavioral Health Screening for global development, autism, mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, substance use, sexual activity
• Complete physical examination
• Immunizations to protect from communicable diseases
• Anticipatory guidance on a wide range of issues
• Addressing of concerns raised by parent and/or child

For a complete listing of recommended care by age according to the Bright Futures Preventative Pediatric Health Care Guidelines, please view and/or download the schedule here.
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Surveys and Assessments We utilize various surveys and questionnaires at preventative health care visits. These assist us in:

• Identifying risk factors that require at least further inquiry if not non-standard testing at a well visit. As an example, spending a month in certain countries places visitors at risk for contracting tuberculosis. Such a visit requires testing for tuberculosis via either a skin test or a blood test, neither of which is routine in this part of Suffolk County.
• Identifying concerns about topics that parents and children/adolescents want to discuss but have difficulty raising.
• Screening for developmental delays using validated standardized screening tools. This enables us to identify certain concerns of this nature far easier than simply examining a young child. It is more common than not for a young child to behave differently in our office than your home.
• Screening for anxiety and depression in older children and adolescents. This is another situation where using a validated standardized screening tool enables us to identify concerns that may not be obvious during the course of an office visit.
Lab Testing and Sensory Screening We perform all recommended lab testing and sensory screening in house with the exception of STD screening. Samples for STD testing are prepared and pickup is arranged with several major laboratories (based on which your insurance company dictates). Among the recommended testing/screening performed are:

• Hearing Assessments: We have the ability to assess hearing as young as newborn
• Vision Screening: We have the ability to perform vision screening as young as six months of age
• Anemia Screening
• Hyperlipidemia Screening
• Lead Exposure Screening
• Type II Diabetes Screening
• Spirometry (for asthmatics)
• Tuberculosis Screening
Immunizations We follow AAP Guidelines for the administration of immunizations to protect all ages from communicable diseases. We strongly believe in the necessity of immunizing the population to protect from potentially fatal communicable diseases. While there are potential adverse effects from any intervention we undertake, the safety record of immunizations has been remarkable and responsible for the saving of millions of lives. Due to our beliefs, we do not establish relationships with new families that do not wish to vaccinate. Vaccine Schedule for Infants and Young Children Vaccine Schedule for Older Children and Adolescents

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Baby getting listened to PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE VISITS Preventative Health Care

Preventative Health Care encompasses a wide variety of services to both promote good health and prevent diseases. We provide preventative health care based on the American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision.
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SAME DAY SICK APPOINTMENTS Same Day Sick Appointments

Peds First Pediatrics is available 7 days a week to provide care for when your child is ill. We limit booking for acute illnesses such as fever, ear pain, sore throat to the day you call for the appointment. We kindly request that you call as early in the day as you recognize that you wish to have your child evaluated.
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breastfeeding baby BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT Breast Feeding Support

We aim to educate families and encourage breastfeeding. We provide access to an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to support all families that are attempting to breastfeed. Peds First also seeks to identify and assist mothers who are suffering with post-partum depression.
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Helmets and Lacrosse Sticks CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT Concussion Management
Peds First provides evaluations for concussions in the event an injury is sustained. If concussion is of concern, we provide monitoring of symptom progression and establish appropriate limits on return to activity. When available we utilize individualized baseline performance measurements of physical and cognitive skills to assist with post concussion management.
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Support Sign CARE COORDINATION Care Coordination

Our Care Coordination Team is constantly evolving in an attempt to minimize "Gaps in Care." We seek to identify the barriers that families face in receiving proper care and assist them in clearing those barriers.
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Food, Stethoscope and Heart NUTRITION SUPPORT Nutrition Support

The old adage states “You are what you eat.” To a large extent, this is accurate – optimal nutrition is one factor to help you live a longer and healthier life. However, what is optimal depends on the individual, and this is the focus of our nutrition department.
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Chest x-ray ASTHMA MANAGEMENT Asthma Management

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition affecting the smaller airways in the lungs of nearly 1 in 10 children. We actively seek to identify children that are at risk for having asthma so that we may provide the proper education, monitoring, and therapy as needed to minimize both short and long term consequences of poorly controlled asthma.
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Unhappy to Smiley Face MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

A 2018 study in The Journal of Pediatrics demonstrated that among children ages 3 to 17 years, about 3% suffer from depression and 7% from anxiety. Of great concern is that more than 1 in 5 of these children went untreated for their condition. We seek to identify those children at risk for mental health conditions so that we can provide assistance where appropriate.
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Kids writing ADHD MANAGEMENT ADHD Management

ADHD is a common condition that affects children more than just academically. It can cause difficulty in all avenues of life, and when severe can contribute to the development of other mental health concerns such as depression and low self esteem. We seek to identify and manage this condition to maximize the success of those affected.
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What is Well Child Care?

Well child care encompasses a wide variety of services to both promote good health and prevent diseases.  We provide well child care based on the American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision.

What to Expect at Your Visit

Below is an overview of what can be expected at well checks.  Depending on the age and risk factors present for any given child, not all items are performed at a given visit.

  • Measurements of height, weight, head circumference (infants/toddlers), blood pressure, and calculations of proportions
  • Sensory screening for vision and hearing
  • Lab testing for anemia, lead exposure, hyperlipidemia, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases
  • Developmental/Behavioral Health Screening for global development, autism, mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, substance use, sexual activity
  • Complete physical examination
  • Immunizations to protect from communicable diseases
  • Anticipatory guidance on a wide range of issues
  • Addressing of concerns raised by parent and/or child

For a complete listing of recommended care by age according to the Bright Futures Preventative Pediatric Health Care Guidelines, please view and/or download the schedule here.

Surveys and Assessments

We utilize various surveys and questionnaires at well child care visits.  These assist us in:

  • Identifying risk factors that require at least further inquiry if not non-standard testing at a well visit.  As an example, spending a month in certain countries places visitors at risk for contracting tuberculosis.  Such a visit requires testing for tuberculosis via either a skin test or a blood test, neither of which is routine in this part of Suffolk County.
  • Identifying concerns about topics that parents and children/adolescents want to discuss but have difficulty raising.
  • Screening for developmental delays using validated standardized screening tools.  This enables us to identify certain concerns of this nature far easier than simply examining a young child.  It is more common than not for a young child to behave differently in our office than your home.
  • Screening for anxiety and depression in older children and adolescents.  This is another situation where using a validated standardized screening tool enables us to identify concerns that may not be obvious during the course of an office visit.

Lab Testing and Sensory Screening

We perform all recommended lab testing and sensory screening in house with the exception of STD screening.  Samples for STD testing are prepared and pickup is arranged with several major laboratories (based on which your insurance company dictates).   Among the recommended testing/screening performed are:

  • Hearing Assessments:  We have the ability to assess hearing as young as newborn
  • Vision Screening:  We have the ability to perform vision screening as young as six months of age
  • Anemia Screening
  • Hyperlipidemia Screening
  • Lead Exposure Screening
  • Type II Diabetes Screening
  • Spirometry (for asthmatics)
  • Tuberculosis Screening

Immunizations

We follow AAP Guidelines for the administration of immunizations to protect all ages from communicable diseases.  We strongly believe in the necessity of immunizing the population to protect from potentially fatal communicable diseases.  While there are potential adverse effects from any intervention we undertake, the safety record of immunizations has been remarkable and responsible for the saving of millions of lives.  Due to our beliefs, we do not establish relationships with new families that do not wish to vaccinate.

Vaccine Schedule for Infants and Young Children

Vaccine Schedule for Older Children and Adolescents