Getting Regular Check-ups
These check-ups are also important for parents, as it gives them a chance to ask questions they may have about their child’s sleeping and eating habits, or other behaviors their child may be displaying. During your child’s regular pediatric checkups, your doctor will check your child’s height, weight, vision, and hearing. These visits begin within the first five days after birth and will continue at:
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 24 months old
- 30 months old
- 3 years old
Looking for a pediatrician? Need to schedule your child’s next check-ups? Our pediatric team is here to address any questions and concerns you may have. From immunizations to sports injuries, we handle it all.
So, your child’s teeth just started to come in. We know that this can be an exciting milestone for parents. Of course, this also means considering your child’s oral health. Just as you brush and floss your teeth every day, you will now need to begin brushing your child’s teeth. While the techniques and practices will be a bit different and probably less time-consuming (seeing as your child probably only has one or two teeth at the moment), here are some tips for how to brush your child’s teeth properly,
- Even before your child’s teeth start to erupt it’s important to keep their gums healthy and clean by wiping them with a soft, damp cloth after each feeding and right before bedtime. Your child will get their first tooth between 6-14 months.
- Yes, even children’s teeth can develop decay. As soon as the tooth is formed it can develop decay, so it’s important that you start brushing it as soon as you see it.
- Purchase a child-sized toothbrush from your local drugstore and wet the soft-bristled toothbrush with water to brush your child’s tooth or teeth (at this point you don’t need toothpaste).
- Your child won’t start needing toothpaste until they are 2 years old. From 2-3 years old your child only needs toothpaste the size of a grain of rice in order to clean their teeth. After 3 years old, you can upgrade to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
- Just as you do for your own teeth, you should also brush your child’s teeth twice a day (once in the morning and again at night right before going to bed).
- Use soft, circular motions when brushing the teeth and the gums. Again, just as you do your own teeth, you should brush for a minimum of two minutes. Don’t forget to brush their tongue and roof of their mouth, too.
- We know that your child may not fully understand the brushing process, so it’s a good idea to tell them what you are doing and the importance of brushing their teeth. Even though they can’t brush their own teeth yet it’s still great to show them how to brush so that when it’s time to start brushing their own teeth they understand how to do it.
- Most children can start brushing their teeth around 7-8 years old, but still need to be supervised by an adult until around 10-11 years old.
Have questions about caring for your baby’s developing smile? Keeping your child’s smile healthy is so important for their development and practicing good oral hygiene at home will ensure that your child’s smile stays healthy.
- Your child doesn’t keep or make eye contact
- They don’t respond to your facial expressions or smiles
- Does not reciprocate facial expressions or have the appropriate ones
- Doesn’t respond to parent’s pointing
- Has problems making friends
- Shows a lack of concern for others
- Your child hasn’t spoken by 16 months
- Repeats or parrots what others say
- Doesn’t feel the need or want to communicate
- Starts missing language and social milestones after 15 months
- Doesn’t pretend play but does have a good memory for numbers, songs, and letters
- Has an affinity for routines and schedules and does not like altering them
- Likes to twirl their fingers, sway, rock, or spin
- Has strange activities that they enjoy doing repeatedly
- They are sensitive to sounds, lights, touch, textures, and smells
- They are more interested in the parts of a toy instead of the whole thing
How your children’s doctors in Gaithersburg, Maryland can help you and your child
When your child is sick, it isn’t always convenient or smart to go outside and travel to a doctor’s office. It’s nice to know that you don’t always have to go out. State-of-the-art medical care and advice are possible with telehealth pediatric services.
Telehealth has changed the way we think about medical services. The convenience of being able to seek out medical care with just a phone call and the internet can help you and your child feel safe and comfortable at home. The children’s doctors of Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, Maryland offer telehealth services to help you and your child when you both need to stay at home.
Your child can be treated for many conditions with telehealth, including:
- Pink eye
- Cold or flu symptoms
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or constipation
- Lab testing or x-ray results
- Bites, scrapes, or cuts
- Medication consultation
- Dietary counseling
- Skin conditions like acne or eczema
You can also seek out telehealth services for some prenatal or postnatal care including questions about breastfeeding, lactation, and caring for your newborn.
Well-child visits for children under 2 years old are still performed in the office, along with immunizations. For children over 2 who are ill, you should first schedule a telehealth appointment.
You can access a telehealth visit with any of the children’s doctors by visiting here:
When it is time for your appointment, please enter the virtual waiting room of your provider 5 minutes before the appointment time.
Revolutionary telehealth services offer the convenience and privacy of not having to leave your home for an appointment. This is especially important for newborns and small children, who are very susceptible to illness.
You can keep your child healthy and safe using telehealth services. To find out more about telehealth services and how they can help you and your child, call the children’s doctors of Prime Pediatrics in Gaithersburg, Maryland at (301) 977-2440. Call now!
At the appointment with your child’s pediatrician, they’ll want you and others to fill out a questionnaire about your child’s behavior. Symptoms need to be present in multiple settings, like at home and school and cause issues at both.
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