Well Child Check
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children receive regular well child checks. Children in their first year of life are generally seen every 2 months and then every 3-6 months in their second year of life. From the age of 2 and thereafter until transferring to an adult physician at age 18-19yrs, children are seen yearly for well child care.
Failure to bring your child in for the well child checks may result in dismissal from the practice. Please know that these check ups are necessary to monitor growth and development, review vaccination status, in later years to assess at risk behaviors, and are required prior to our staff completing any camp, school, or sports forms.
Well Check Ups Schedule:
- 5 days (weight and color)
- 2 weeks (growth and evaluation) 4 weeks
- 2 months – 4 months – 6 months – 9 months – 12 months – 15 months – 18 months
- 2 years – 18 years annually
If you are more than 15 minutes late for your scheduled well child check up, you may be asked to reschedule. If you are late for a sick visit appointment, you will be placed in the next available slot.
We appreciate a 24-hour notice if you are unable to keep your child’s appointment. If you fail to notify GUP and miss your child’s appointment a letter will be sent advising you of the missed appointment and the need to reschedule the well child check up. If there is a third missed appointment by any child in your family within a 12 month period, your children may be discharged from the practice.
Vaccine Refusal Forms
Growing Up Pediatrics’ providers respect your decision as parents regarding the vaccination of your children. We will continue to care for your children regardless of their vaccine status as long as parents have signed GUP’s Vaccine Refusal Form. Providers will discuss this form at the first well child check during which your child does not receive all of the recommended vaccines per the CDC guidelines. If parents decline to sign the form on that day they will be given 30 days to further review and then sign the form. If parents continue to refuse to sign the form, their children will be discharged from Growing Up Pediatrics, PA.
School/daycare, camp, or sports forms
We do not charge for forms completed at the patient’s well child check and we make every attempt after the age of two to give the parent a generic form as well as a copy of the child’s vaccine record at each well child check.
All forms excluding Kindergarten forms presented to the office at other times will be completed for a $10 fee that must be paid prior to the release of the form. If you fax or mail the form, please include payment. Also, please complete any portion of the form that requires parental/child information as we will only complete the medical portion of the form and our providers will not sign the form until it is fully complete.
Your child must have had a well-child checkup within the past year for our providers to complete any forms. Please allow 3 business days for the completion of forms.
There is no charge for medication forms. We ask that you complete all parent/child information prior to leaving the form for provider signature at our office.
ADHD Medication Refills
If your child is on medication for ADD or ADHD, please note that these medicines cannot be called in to a Pharmacy but a written prescription must be picked up. We need 24 hours’ notice to have the prescription ready for you. Also note that the child needs yearly checkups and ADHD checks every 3-6 months (between check-ups).
After hours phone calls
There is a fee for after hours phone calls if a patient is older than six months, has not been seen in the office in the past 7 days, or is not seen on the next business day following the call. If you would like to avoid this $10 fee, you may seek advice from our web resources or by calling the 1-800 number on the back of your insurance card as most carriers have a triage service.
There is no charge for vaccine records and growth charts. The charge for all other records is based on the number of pages needing to be copied and our staff will provide you the information regarding the amount of this fee prior to transferring records.