ALWAYS CALL 911 or go to your local emergency department if you feel your child’s health is in imminent risk.
Bleeding, possible concussions, broken bones; if it seems serious then go.
Let’s face it – children have no set schedule or consideration for mom and dads need for sleep when they become sick. The 2 am projectile vomits, mud butts, or weird spots and rashes are all too possible and all too common. Knowledge is power, and having the right instincts in terms of what to do and where to go can do wonders for family stress levels.
ALL CHILDREN SHOULD BE SEEN BY A PEDIATRICIAN
They should have regularly scheduled check ups.
The U.S. national library of medicine recommends:
that visits occur at the following ages (your provider may have you add or skip visits depending on your child’s health or your parenting experience):
By 1 month 2 months 4 months 6 months 9 months 1 year 15 months 18 months 2 years 2 1/2 years 3 years 4 years 5 years 6 years 8 years 10 years
Each year after that until age 21
In addition to these visits, call and visit a health care provider any time your baby or child seems ill or whenever you are worried about your baby’s health or development.
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If your child does not currently have a pediatrician, then the best and fastest way to find out who the closest pediatrician to your postal code that is accepting new patients is by calling Health Care Connect, a doctor finding service hosted by the Ontario government: