Well-child exams and vaccinations

Using SwiftMD, you can schedule comprehensive, well child care for children from birth to 21 years of age. Childhood is a period of remarkable growth and development and your child must schedule well-child exams regularly to make sure they are developing and thriving.

Each well-child visit includes a complete physical examination, health screenings, developmental monitoring, and age-appropriate anticipatory guidance provided by a licensed medical doctor.

Your SwiftMD will take the opportunity to answer all of your questions and discuss your child’s health as it relates to their nutrition, level of activity, sleep, education, psychosocial issues, and a multitude of other topics.

SwiftMD recommends the following schedule for your child’s wellness exams. The wellness exam schedule is tailored with developmental milestone monitoring and to coincide with the zimbabwe immunization schedule:

  • 2-7 days of age
  • 6 weeks of age
  • 10 weeks of age
  • 14 weeks of age
  • 6 months of age
  • 9 months of age
  • 12 months of age
  • 15 months of age
  • 18 months of age
  • 2 years of age
  • 2 ½ years of age
  • 3 years of age
  • Annually until 21 years of age

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Expecting Parents

Expecting parents

SwiftMDs are licensed, medical practitioners. Though SwiftMDs are unable to provide care while your baby is a patient in the hospital they can meet you and your child at home. Please help your child’s doctor by gathering all of the medical documentation about your hospital stay for you and your newborn before discharge.

SwiftMDs require adherence to all World Health Organization recommendations pertaining to the care of a newborn, including but not limited to newborn BCG vaccinations and hepatitis B.

Vaccines

Vaccines are a safe, proven, and effective method of prevention against life threatening illnesses and diseases.  Vaccine safety and efficacy is closely monitored by the Zimbabwe Expanded Programme on Immunization(ZEPI) and the World Health Organization. In addition, all these organizations all agree that the benefits of vaccines greatly outweigh any risks.

All SwiftMDs believe that vaccines are necessary to ensure the health and well being of your child. Vaccines provided your immune system a defense education as a child, they will do the same for your child’s immune system.

As a policy, SwiftMDs will only provide care for children whose parents or guardians agree to follow the ZEPI recommended vaccine schedule. Vaccines will be recorded in the state baby card pdf.

Here is a list of vaccines that you can expect for your child at each well-child visit :

Routine

  • BCG –
  • DPT, Hep B, Hib – (Diphtheria/ Pertussis/ Tetanus/ Hepatitis B/Hemophilus Influenza type b)
  • DT – (Diphtheria/Tetanus)
  • HPV – Human Papilloma Virus
  • IPV – Inactivated Polio Vaccine
  • MR –Measles, and Rubella
  • OPV – Oral Polio Vaccine
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus
  • Typhoid

Non-routine

  • Cholera
  • Adenovirus
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza
  • Meningococcal
  • MMR – (Measles/Mumps/Rubella)
  • Rabies
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Yellow Fever
  • Zooster/Shingles

SwiftMD does not currently administer child vaccines, however, a SwiftMD can meet you at home for the well-child examination. Book a well-child doctors house call with SwiftMD

Sick Child

The SwiftMD can diagnose and treat several ailments that commonly afflict children. During the first few years of life, children tend to get sick a lot as their bodies are still developing immunity to infections. Additionally, when children enter daycare or school, they are exposed to other children and thus other potential infections. Children often use their hands to wipe their toys and other children, which increases their risk of contracting infections.

There are many preventative measures you can take to help reduce the risk of your child contracting a disease, including:

  • Teaching children about good hygiene, including regular hand washing
  • Making sure food is handled and store properly
  • Keeping your home clean, including the kitchen area, toilets and sinks
  • Sanitizing your childs toys, espeacially when they come in to contact with other children
  • Ensuring your child does not have prolonged contact with adults or children who arent immunized
  • Making sure your child gets their annual flu shot starting at age 6 months

Even with these precautions, kids still get sick. SwiftMD house calls can help with many common childhood illnesses, including:

  • Conjuctivitis
  • Croup
  • Ear infections
  • Fever
  • Gastroenteritis (diarrhoea)
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease
  • Lice
  • Sinus infections
  • Sore throat
  • Rashes
  • Ringworm
  • Respiratory Infections (including the common cold and influenza)

Because symptoms of many common childhood illnesses can indicate some conditions, its important to seek medical attention if your child is feeling sick, especially if they are under five years of age. A doctor can perform a complete a thorough examination, including a full check of your child’s ears, nose, throat and determine an accurate diagnosis and ensure proper treatment.

After an examination, your child’s doctor will provide a comprehensive treatment plan and tips for managing pain and other symptoms. If the doctor deems it necessary, in some cases they may prescribe antibiotics to treat bacterial infections.

If your child is suffering from symptoms of common childhood illness, book a house call with a licensed primary care doctor on SwiftMD and help your little one start to feel better without leaving their playroom.

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School, camp and sports physicals

The doctors on SwiftMD can provide school, camp and sports physicals for children ages 6 and up. Many children require physicals for enrollment in public or private schools, admission into day or camps and for participation in school or club sports teams.

A child’s physical with SwiftMD is conducted by a licensed primary care doctor and includes:

  • A thorough and complete medical history
  • A full physical examination of all body systems
  • Education for parents and children on common signs of concussion
  • Guidance on the necessary immunizations
  • Completion of forms needed for sports, camp or school participation (forms must be provided by the child’s parent or guardian)

Annual physicals are also a great opportunity to ask your child’s doctor about any concerns you might have about your child’s growth and development. Doctors can offer guidance on how to cope with common changes to your child’s physical of mental health brought on by entering new phases of childhood and adolescence. Doctors may also catch previously undiagnosed common conditions during annual physicals, including growth and hormone disorders and musculoskeletal abnormalities such as rickets or scoliosis.

Your child’s doctor can also provide information about what, if any modifications should be made to their nutrition, sleep and exercise regimes, to ensure they continue to maintain good health as they grow. For children who play sport, an annual physical is a good opportunity to discuss how to prevent and treat common sports injuries and what healthy snacks to et to maintain their energy during the sports season.

If your child needs a physical for school, camp, or sports team participation, don’t hesitate to book a house call with SwiftMD.

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