Childhood Physicals and Development Screening
Kent Amstutz, D.O. Boys Town Pediatrics
First of all to keep up with their immunizations, second, you want to keep up with their growth and development.
During a routine physical, I look for normal growth on the growth chart, normal development in meeting their milestones, motor skills, and their speech skills. I look for school progress, I look for peer interaction, how that's going and I look for family interaction.
We do rating scales and questionnaires at different stages during the child's life. It's called Ages and Stages and the parents fill that out. I also do an interview with the parent and the child and ask about behavioral or developmental concerns.
The next step should be to see their primary-care physician and go through what evaluation and treatment might be needed.
If there is a referral needed to a specific specialist in developmental-behavioral pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, then the primary-care physician can make those referrals.
Routine physicals and development screenings are an important part of childhood. Dr. Amstutz, Board Certified pediatrician and Developmental-Behavioral pediatrician at Boys Town Pacific Street Clinic, gives an overview on these routine checks.