There is a recommended schedule for regular check-ups and immunizations. You and your child's primary care provider (PCP) may decide that more frequent visits are a good idea for your child.
What is a Primary Care Provider (PCP)?
A PCP May Be A:
Pediatrician - a doctor who cares for children and adolescents
Family physician - a doctor who cares for people of all ages
Specialty physician - a doctor who cares for people with special conditions
Nurse practitioner - a specially trained nurse who cares for children or whole families
Physician's Assistant - a health care provider who cares for people of all ages and works under a doctor's supervision
Your Child's PCP Should
Know about your child's overall health, growth, and development
Provide regular check-ups, immunizations, and tests
Give you suggestions for keeping your child healthy
Treat your child when he or she is sick
Refer your child to specialists, benefits, or services
Help you coordinate care with specialists and other providers
Help connect you with community resources
Provide telephone access for medical advice and emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Answer your questions-and your child's questions-about health and medical care
Tip: Remember: your child's PCP is the doctor or nurse you choose in your health plan.
Source: Adapted from Growing Up Healthy. Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 1998.
This information is provided by the Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.