Pediatric care is vital for proper growth and development in children of all ages. Dr. Gonzalo Martinez is a family medicine and medical aesthetics specialist who helps prevent, diagnose, and treat health issues specific to children. Call his office at Joshua Medical Group in Palmdale, California to learn more or book an appointment online.
Pediatric care is medical care for babies, children, and teens that addresses their unique needs. Pediatrics care includes annual well-child checks to screen for problems in growth and development, treat health conditions, and offer immunizations for disease prevention.
Dr. Martinez determines how often your child needs a well-child checkup based on their unique needs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children come in for wellness checks at the following times to ensure proper growth and development:
If your child needs a sports or school physical, this examination can be done during well-child visits.
During a well-child check, sports physical, or school physical, Dr. Martinez reviews your child’s medical history and completes a head-to-toe physical examination. He’ll check your child’s:
Dr. Martinez prescribes medications as needed for health conditions and reviews your child’s immunization options.
Immunizations help prevent severe health problems, as in the case of the HPV vaccine, which reduces cervical cancer risks. Dr. Martinez reviews your child’s recommended immunization schedule with you so that you can decide which immunizations (if any) are best.
Common childhood vaccines include chicken pox, flu, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, meningococcal, DTaP, Hib, MMR, pneumococcal, polio, rotavirus, Tdap, and tetanus vaccines. Some parents choose to space out vaccines farther apart than what’s commonly recommended.
When you’re ready for your child’s next wellness visit, school physical, or sports physical, call Joshua Medical group to book an appointment or schedule one online with Dr. Martinez.