What to expect at your child’s yearly visit

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, there are some things that shouldn’t be put on hold – including your child’s health care needs. An annual physical exam, along with vision and dental screenings, could mean finding unexpected health care issues before the back-to-school season is well underway. Here’s what to expect at the yearly visit.

In addition to a physical exam, your pediatrician will look for signs of illness and make sure your child is meeting their growth targets and developmental milestones. Vaccinations, lab work, healthy lifestyle counseling and a basic check of your child’s mental health will also be a part of this important preventive care visit.

Dr. Angela-Tu Nguyen, a pediatrician at OHSU Doernecher Pediatrics Clinic, says that a pediatric primary care provider should perform your child’s physical exam and have specialized training in:

  • childhood development
  • immunizations
  • health screenings
  • growth
  • sleep
  • nutrition
  • mental health
  • injury prevention
  • puberty
  • acute illnesses

How we’re protecting patients and their families

As a parent, you’re understandably nervous about leaving home during the pandemic. OHSU Doernbecher is doing everything possible to ensure our spaces are safe for your family.

We are limiting in-person appointments so there are fewer people in the clinic at a time. Waiting areas and exam rooms are thoroughly cleaned after each use, and sick patients are seen in different areas or at different times of the day from healthy patients. Masks are required for those older than 2; hand sanitizer is available, and temperature checks are done for kids upon entry. Virtual video visits are offered for many health issues, but annual physicals are in-person. View OHSU’s COVID-19 resources, including up-to-date visitor policies, here.


This article was written by Nina Silberstein.