Child Development/Physical Exam Specialist

George M. Jayatilaka, M.D. Inc.

Family & Pediatrics located in Long Beach, CA

Physical exams offer a way to monitor your child's development over time and help detect any emerging problems. These exams ensure that your baby stays well. If it’s time for a physical exam or you need wellness guidance, call or make an appointment online at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California today.

Child Development Q & A

What is a physical exam?

Physical exams allow the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. to take a comprehensive approach that focuses on the specific assessments required for your child’s age, developmental phase, and needs.

Child development physical exams allow Dr. Jayatilaka, Dr. Armosilla, and Dr. Devera to gather your child’s medical history. Well visits also allow the doctors to identify otherwise unnoticeable conditions and educate you and your child about the body and its development.

What happens at a physical exam?

When you bring your child for a physical exam, the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. do a head-to-toe exam that includes:

  • Vision and hearing tests
  • Growth and nutrition screening
  • Immunizations  
  • Blood, urine, and other tests, as needed
  • Referrals for additional medical or dental treatment

Your child's height, weight, and head circumference are recorded on a growth chart and body mass index (BMI) curve.

You also receive information on sleep, safety, childhood diseases, and what to expect as your child grows. Your doctor will pay close attention to how your child is developing compared to typical developmental milestones.

What are the benefits of physical exams?

Besides tracking your child’s development, physical exams help in several ways, including:

Prevention

As part of the physical exam, your child receives immunizations that prevent illness. Physical exams also give you a chance to ask about nutrition and safety (both at home and school).

Raising Concerns

Before your child’s physical exam, make a list of topics to talk about with the doctor, such as development, behavior, sleep, and eating.

Relationship Building

Physical exams help create a strong, trustworthy relationship between the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc., you, and your child. This connection enables your child to develop optimal physical, mental, and social health.

Because of the importance of physical exams, the doctors at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. participate in the Children's Health Development Program for Long Beach (CHDP). This program offers free health assessments and services to low-income children and youth from birth through age 19.

Call or make an appointment online for your child’s physical exam at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California today.