well-child visits

How low-income kids benefit when parents have healthcareA new study reveals an important spillover effect of parental Medicaid coverage.
Vaccine refusal impacts other routine carePatients who refuse vaccines or use alternate schedules are less likely to make routine appointments, according to a new report.
Docs spread out vaccine schedule despite concernsMore than 90% of primary care physicians surveyed in a new study say that in a typical month they encounter parental requests to spread out the recommended vaccination schedule for their children by reducing the number of vaccines given simultaneously or postponing some vaccines until an older age. Most agree to do so at least sometimes despite reservations.
Short checkups may overlook autism cluesThe usual 10 to 20 minutes allotted to a well-child visit may not allow enough time to pick up atypical behaviors that point to autism risk.
Only 3 in 10 parents always follow doctors’ adviceWhen it comes to doing what the doctor orders, parents don’t always go along with the advice. A new poll finds that only 31% of parents follow guidance from their child’s health care provider all the time.