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Child Development/Physical Exam

Sellwood Medical Clinic

Pediatric and Family Medicine practice with four locations in the greater Portland metropolitan area

Regular exams and screenings protect your child's health. At Sellwood Medical Clinic the experienced team offers physical exams to monitor your child’s development. The clinic's expert providers specialize in family medicine and pediatrics. No matter what health challenges you face, they provide top-notch care with three convenient offices throughout the Portland, Oregon, area. If your child needs to see a doctor, don't delay. Call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Child Development/Physical Exam Q & A

Why are regular exams so important?

Routine visits are essential to keep your child healthy. Physical exams allow Sellwood Medical Clinic providers to chart your child's growth. These visits also include valuable screenings like hearing and vision tests.

During their physical exam, your child receives immunizations and other preventive care. Each well-child visit also provides practitioners with essential information about your child's development.

When should my child start receiving routine exams?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies and toddlers visit their doctor at the following ages:

  • 3 days
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 1 year
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 2½ years

Once your child is 3, he or she can start seeing their doctor every year. But make sure to call your Sellwood Medical Clinic provider if you have any special concerns. There's no need to wait until your child's next scheduled appointment. The clinic staff can provide care whenever your child doesn't feel well.

What will happen during my child's exam?

During a well-child visit, your provider checks your child's weight and height. They might also ask whether your child has met certain developmental milestones. This information helps your provider determine if your child is healthy.

Your provider might ask questions about your child's social behavior, learning, diet, and lifestyle. Afterward, your child’s hearing and vision may be tested.

Your provider will then do a complete physical exam. In some cases, your provider might suggest follow-up tests like blood work. These tests help identify common childhood health concerns.

What other services are available?

Most physical exams result in a clean bill of health. But if your child needs further care, your Sellwood Medical Clinic can help.

In some cases, your provider will suggest a visit to a specialist. Your child might also need to see their provider for a follow-up visit. The friendly, helpful office staff can assist with these arrangements.

Ready to schedule your child's next physical exam? Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.