Pediatrics Specialist

Julio Navarro, MD -  - Family Medicine

Horizons Family Practice

Julio Navarro, MD

Family Medicine located in Newark, DE

Pediatric medicine covers every aspect of your child’s health and wellness, ranging from growth and development to illness prevention and acute medical care. Julio Navarro, MD and the experienced team of physicians at Horizons Family Practice offer a complete range of pediatric primary care services for children of all ages, including annual wellness visits and vaccinations. To learn more, call their Newark, Delaware, office or schedule an appointment online today.

Pediatrics Q & A

What is pediatric primary care?

As a primary care pediatrician, Dr. Navarro is ideally positioned to meet most of your child’s basic health needs. This includes comprehensive annual physicals and developmental screenings as well as emergency medical care for an acute illness or minor injury.

The cornerstone of pediatric primary care is preventive medicine or the services that help your child avoid getting sick or developing a chronic condition in the first place. Preventive care includes routine wellness visits to monitor growth and development, scheduled vaccinations, and recommendations on how to help your child establish healthy lifelong habits.

Likewise, whenever your child has a persistent cough, a fever that won’t break, an unusual looking rash, shortness of breath, or any other acute medical issue, Dr. Navarro can evaluate the problem and provide the right treatment plan.

What is developmental screening?

A developmental screening is an important tool that allows Dr. Navarro to monitor and assess your child’s early developmental health to check that they’re achieving specific milestones by certain ages.

During a developmental screening, Dr. Navarro may ask you questions about how your child moves, plays, speaks, or learns; he may also briefly talk or play with your child during the evaluation. These screenings typically take place during wellness visits at the following ages:

  • 9 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 or 30 months

The primary goal of each developmental screening is to find out if your child is learning basic skills when they should, or if there are any delays in learning that would benefit from early intervention.

Which vaccinations are given in early childhood?

The current vaccination schedule recommends that all healthy children who can receive immunizations should be vaccinated against several serious and preventable illnesses by the time they’re two years old. These include:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Hib, polio, and rotavirus
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Influenza and chickenpox

Keeping your child up-to-date on immunizations is one of the best ways to protect them from a wide range of debilitating or potentially fatal contagious diseases, including polio, whooping cough, and measles.

To learn more about pediatric medicine or schedule a visit for your child, call the office today or use the easy online tool to book an appointment at any time.