GENERAL WELL-BABY AND CHILD VISITS
General consultations with Dr Coetzee will be focused on doing a general health check of your child. Since growth is most rapid during infancy and early childhood, well-baby visits will be needed one week after mom and baby are discharged from the hospital and then again at 6 weeks, 4 months, 8 months, 12 months, 18 months. From there an annual visit to your paediatrician is sufficient unless your child has an acute or chronic illness.
During each assessment the child's heart, lungs, abdomen, eyes, ears, nose and throat are checked. After doing a head-to-toe assessment of your child, Dr Coetzee will evaluate your child's development and growth in terms of growth standards. By plotting your little one's growth on a standard growth chart, Dr Coetzee can see if there are any growth concerns to be worried about. Growth is commonly stunted by poor weight gain, and therefore Dr Coetzee will evaluate feeding problems, bowel movements, sleep patterns and skin problems at each of these visits to ensure that these issues are not affecting your child's growth.
The development of your child physically, emotionally and mentally will also be focused on during these appointments. Getting a good idea of the child's feeding, elimination, vomiting, sleeping patterns, crying habits and behaviour can give Dr Coetzee a good understanding of any underlying issues such as colic, tonsillitis, teething, allergies or anxiety.
At each visit, the important issues of that particular age are discussed. Dr Coetzee will discuss immunisations, growth and development milestones, nutrition, sleeping patterns as well as behaviour, habits and discipline with you as parents so that you can be prepared for what is to come and how best to manage the challenges of parenthood. Common illnesses like common cold, ear infections, bronchiolitis, tonsillitis and smallpox will also be highlighted so you can look out for the symptoms. During these discussions, Dr Coetzee emphasises parent education and address health and wellness related queries, including feeding and feeding-related problems, growth monitoring and developmental screening.