Laboratory testing has changed the way medical professionals diagnose illness and disease. It makes the process faster and more accurate, allowing doctors to provide timely, effective treatment. The providers at Village Pediatric Group in Tuckahoe, New York, use state-of-the-art medical technologies to offer the very best pediatric care. Call the practice today to schedule an appointment, or book through the online inquiry portal.
Prevention is always better than treatment, especially when it comes to pediatric health. An illness or disease missed early on could develop into long-term, severe health problems as your child matures. Regular health checks can catch the early signs of potential health issues before they become too advanced.
An essential part of any health check is diagnostic screening. Lab work takes the form of blood tests or urine samples, which a laboratory then runs tests on to see whether a child has or is at risk of developing certain health conditions.
Village Pediatric Group offers diagnostic screening as part of their pediatric care offering. Find out more about the services they provide by calling the practice.
As children get older, screening tests change to address their evolving needs. Several of these screenings use laboratory testing to determine the results. Here’s a closer look at each stage.
During their first two years, children typically see their doctor before they’re two weeks old, and then again at one month, two months, four months, six months, nine months, one year, 15 months, 18 months, and two years. During this time, they’ll have several blood tests to screen for anemia and to test for lead exposure.
Children under nine who have a family history of heart attack, stroke, or high cholesterol should have cholesterol screening from age two. Doctors also assess your child’s risk of tuberculosis at each routine examination and, if there’s a chance your child has come into contact with the infection, they’ll receive screening for it.
All children should have cholesterol screening between ages 9-11 and 17-21. If a child is high-risk, they may have more frequent testing. Sexually active teenagers are screened for common sexually transmitted diseases, like chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Outside of routine visits, doctors also use laboratory testing to confirm their suspected diagnosis if a child is brought in on a sick visit. Illnesses and diseases that require lab testing include:
Village Pediatric Group offers the latest in innovative laboratory testing. Find out more and book an appointment through the online booking tool or by calling the practice.