Staying Healthy

Why does your child need a well child visit? At Mark9 Pediatrics, we call these health maintenance visits because that’s what they’re about – staying healthy! During these visits you and your child have a chance to talk with Dr. Moemeka about overall health. You will learn how your child is growing and developing. He will answer age-appropriate questions about his emotional health. There may be tests done like a hemoglobin or cholesterol check, and he will get vaccines to protect him from vaccine-preventable diseases like chickenpox, measles, certain cancers and tetanus. These diseases are unpredictable and can cause permanent injury, so it is important for your child to be protected. The number of children getting very sick or dying from these diseases has decreased significantly with the introduction of vaccines.

Dr. Moemeka wants to understand what support your child needs to get and stay healthy, so she will ask you about social needs you and your family may have. Mark9 Pediatrics can help with referrals that address social needs, like housing, food pantries, childcare, and after school programs. During the visit, Dr. Moemeka will speak with you and your child about any tests, referrals and immunizations that are needed.

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