Having a child is the most wondrous, joyful, and scary experience imaginable. Why scary? Because suddenly so many things unworthy of a second thought before children seem fear-inducing to a new parent. That’s where a trusted pediatrician can help — allaying worries and concerns.
Cohen Children’s Northwell Health General Pediatrics, formally Westchester Health Pediatrics, is here for you and your child during all stages of your child’s life — from infancy and its rounds of well-baby visits and vaccinations to young adulthood. At multiple locations across Westchester County, our doctors provide personalized care, ensuring that both patient and parent are comfortable.
And having a lasting, trusting relationship is key. Several sources cite that seeing the same pediatrician throughout childhood may produce better health in the long run.
Building that trust between patient and doctor and doctor and parent often starts when child and caregiver are less stressed — as during a wellness visit. These checkups let you see how the office flows, understand the physical layout, and provide time for you to spend with your medical provider.
While well visits — more frequent with infants but yearly from the age of 2 on — may include tests (typically blood tests), vaccinations, and developmental screenings that your child may not necessarily find pleasant, Cohen Children’s understands that empathy toward patient and parent as well as input from a parent can go a long way to making the experience more comfortable. As a parent, you might even be asked to complete your own screening as well. These tools are used to pick up developmental delays, depression, and substance abuse — to name but a few. Good communication makes all the difference in producing low-stress doctor visits and helping any issue be identified and treated.
Communication is especially important when it comes to navigating vaccine requirements and all of Cohen Children’s doctors follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices as well as state guidelines.
Additionally, you can rest assured that as part of Cohen Children’s, the largest provider of pediatric health services in New York state, your child is getting exceptional care and access to a wide range of nationally recognized specialists. Cohen Children’s flagship facility, Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Queens, has been consistently ranked among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, according to US News & World Report, for more than 15 years in a row.
To find a Cohen Children's practice near you and schedule your child’s well visit today, visit Northwell.edu/WestchesterKidsCare or call 914-232-1919.