To accurately monitor your child’s progress and develop a meaningful relationship with your doctor, we recommend regular well-visits for your child. During these visits, you and your child’s doctor will discuss:
- Physical and mental development
- Appropriate nutrition for your child’s age
- Behavioral concerns
- Safety recommendations
- Immunizations — we’ll review your child’s immunization record and give any needed immunizations at the end of the visit.
We ask that routine well visits be scheduled at least two months in advance.
We are happy to complete all school/health forms during your child’s well visit. Please remember to bring them with you. Visit our policies page for more information.
We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for newborns and infants. You can expect infant well-visit appointments at 4-6 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months. Learn more about newborn visits.
Young children are routinely seen at 2 years old, 2 ½ years (at the doctors discretion), and 3 years. After 3 years of age, we recommend a routine well-visit every year until they are 18 years old.
Cascade Pediatrics generally sees children up to the age of 18. Although we encourage you to come with your teenager to each well-visit, the doctor may suggest a portion of the exam be conducted in private. This gives your teen the opportunity to discuss confidential matters openly with the doctor, helping ease the teen’s transition into adulthood. Learn more about teen visits.
We will schedule a same-day appointment if necessary. We also have limited office hours on Saturdays for urgent visits for an extra $25 weekend fee (which is covered by most insurance companies). To learn more about common pediatric conditions please go to our links page for useful handouts and brochures. Call (616) 940-3168 to schedule an appointment.
Health Appraisal and Sports Physicals Visits
For all children and teens participating in sports, a sports physical may be required by their athletic department prior to practicing. We ask that you please contact the office to schedule sports physicals at least 6-8 weeks prior to practice.
Health Appraisal Form (green form):Click Here
Michigan High School Athletic Association Sports forms :Click Here