Noosha Shaheedy, MD, FAAP
Pediatrician located in Century City, CA
Dr. Noosha Shaheedy is a board-certified physician who specializes in pediatrics. At Shaheedy Medical Corporation, she offers routine check-ups for children of all ages, including sports and school physicals. Residents who live in or near Century City, California, and the greater Los Angeles area are encouraged to visit the facility for all of their pediatric health care needs.
Wellness Check-Ups Q&A
Why are check-ups important?
Routine wellness check-ups for children are extremely important. Not only are they required for the child to attend school, they also offer Dr. Shaheedy the opportunity to evaluate the child's physical, mental, and emotional health. She is able to determine whether they are meeting developmental markers and that they are socially and emotionally active.
During check-ups, many physical abnormalities and developmental disabilities are uncovered. If Dr. Shaheedy notices something out of the ordinary, she has the tools and resources to address the situation. Early detection allows the problem to be treated immediately, providing more options and eliminates frustration and confusion on behalf of the child.
Why do schools require a check-up prior to a child attending school?
School systems across the country are now requiring students of all ages to receive a physical check-up or wellness exam prior to their attending school. This normally includes both an eye exam as well as a trip to the dentist. Exams are required to ensure that children are in good health and have been properly vaccinated to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
Receiving annual check-ups prevent students from being exposed to unwanted illnesses, but they also allow Dr. Shaheedy to monitor each child's growth and detect physical abnormalities like scoliosis, pre-diabetes, and obesity. The check-up may also help to uncover potential learning differences like ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and autism.
What is included in a child's check-up?
Once Dr. Shaheedy has reviewed the child's medical history, she will perform a thorough physical examination. This includes taking measurements of the body (such as height and weight), checking the child's reflexes, listening to their heart and lungs, and discussing any problems the child may have when it comes to attention span or comprehension.
Dr. Shaheedy will provide vaccinations or booster shots as needed to bring the child up to date and talk to the parents about concerns they may have with their child's learning ability or level of physical activity. If needed, Dr. Shaheedy will make recommendations to reinforce positive lifestyle changes.