Preventative Medical Checkups
The schedule for these regular, preventative checkups are drawn up by the Swiss Society of Pediatrics (SGP). They occur at 1/2/4/6/12 and 18 months, and at 2/4/6/10 and 14 years. At these checkups, your child is measured and weighed, and the doctor performs a physical examination and reviews their development. There may also be vaccines, along with blood pressure, hearing and vision tests depending on the child's age.
The Swiss vaccination agenda is regularly reviewed by the Federal Commission for Vaccines (EFIK) in cooperation with the Federal Office of Public Health (BAG), and Swissmedic. The vaccination recommendations are aimed at providing the best protection for the population and each individual. A vaccination is only recommended when the benefits of avoiding serious diseases outweigh the risks associated with a vaccine. We can advise you on the suitable vaccinations for your child. For further informations see www.infovac.ch.
At your child's 6, 10 and 14-year checkups, we will test their hearing. We can also test their hearing if there are concerns about potential hearing problems, for instance if a child speaks too loud or doesn't appear to understand when someone speaks with them. Hearing tests for younger children between 3-4 years old are conducted via play audiometry.
Assessment of Children with Developmental Differences (ADHD, gifted, etc.)
Our office offers a holistic assessment of developmental problems. Many of the children are referred to by other doctors, teachers, therapists, and even their parents. The reason for an assessment are diverse: issues with school, behavioural problems, or starting kindergarten and school earlier than usual.
Most of the children sent for evaluation are between 4 and 11 years of age, though a child's development can be examined at any time from the baby years to adolescence.
Sleep issues are very common among babies and young children. Most resolve on their own. Only very few cases require long-term advice. A separate appointment must be made to discuss sleep problems, when the doctor will ask the parents about their child's sleep issues and explain how to fill out a chart describing the child's sleep patterns. The doctor will then assess the chart, and suggest some measures to improve the child's ability to sleep. A few appointments are necessary.