When To See A Pediatrician

Discover why people turn to our Birmingham, AL, pediatrician.

Our Birmingham, AL, pediatricians pride themselves on providing the highest quality medical care to children and teens. The goal of Acton Road Pediatrics is to offer a full range of services, all tailored to the growing and changing needs of every child that walks through the door. Wondering when you should turn to a pediatrician? Here are the top reasons,

Your Baby’s First Checkup

About three to five days after your baby leaves the hospital and comes home, you’ll be coming into our Birmingham, AL, practice to see our pediatrician for the first time. This first visit is essential, as it gives us a chance to evaluate your child’s overall health and create baseline readings to make sure they are healthy.

From there, we can continue to monitor them regularly and ensure that they are reaching developmental milestones and don’t have any congenital conditions that the hospital may have missed.

Regular Well-Child Visits 

All children will need to visit their pediatrician regularly for checkups, even if they are perfectly healthy. These routine checkups are the best preventive care your child can get to protect against and detect health problems early. We can also provide early interventions and care when issues arise that can make your child better handle health problems that may occur along the way. Regular wellness visits will occur rather frequently for the first three years. After which, your child should only need to come in once a year for annual well-child visits unless they require treatment.

Common Illnesses and Injuries 

While we would all love to protect our children from illness and injury, it will happen eventually. While minor problems like the common cold or a bruise probably aren’t going to land your child in our office, we are there for you when you are worried about your child’s fever, a painful ear infection, or a sprained ankle.

Sports Physicals 

Whether your child plans to participate in sports or take physical education (PE) at school, chances are good that your child’s school will require a sports physical. Our Birmingham, AL, pediatrician is happy to do your child’s next sports physical. Remember not to wait until the end of summer to schedule this appointment, as spots fill up fast that time of year. Make sure to plan about 6-8 weeks before the school year starts to ensure your child is ready for the season.

Behavioral Issues

Children act up sometimes. They can be rambunctious, defiant at times, and have full-blown meltdowns, but these should be fleeting moments. If you’re noticing persistent behavioral problems with your child, you may want to discuss these behaviors with our team to see if your child could benefit from a behavioral assessment.

The Birmingham, AL, pediatricians at Acton Road Pediatrics are here to make sure that your child or teen has everything they need for a healthy life. Call (205) 978-8245 if you need to schedule your child’s next visit with us.

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  • "“Very satisfied with the care my child receives with Dr. McAfee. We’ve been seeing Dr. McAfee for years. She is like a trusted friend. Highly recommend Acton Road Pediatrics.”"
    Lisa/Pleasant Grove
  • "“Nothing worse than getting a call that your child is sick. But being able to call Acton Road Pediatrics and get them seen that day makes all the difference. Dr. Breedlove was so kind and accommodating. She put me at ease and took good care of my daughter.”"
  • "“I can’t imagine anyone but Dr. Moore as our pediatrician. We recently moved to the Birmingham area and heard a lot about Acton Road Pediatrics. Happy to say that all of the recommendations were spot on. Friendly staff, efficient processes, respectful of our time. Just a great experience all the way around.”"
  • "“We love Dr. Frees and her entire staff. She is down to earth and has a great bedside manner. They are like an extended family. Thanks to everyone for taking such great care of my children.”"
  • "“Dr. Breedlove is amazing! She is great with her patients and spends as much time as needed with you to get all questions answered and also just to get to know you. You’re not just a number to her! You can tell she truly cares about her patients! I would recommend her to anyone!”"
  • "“Dr. McAfee and her staff are amazing and I even switched my daughter from her pediatrician to be seen by Dr. McAfee exclusively. She takes care and remembers you every single time. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with the care of our family.”"
    Cameron/Bluff Park
  • "“I’ll keep this simple. Dr. Moore is the best pediatrician by a long shot. I recently transferred my son’s care to her. The office staff is so friendly! I always leave feeling so much better in every way. I’ll never use anyone else for my son. If you need a great pediatrician to help you with your kid’s health and wellness do yourself a favor and meet this doctor!”"
    Lydia/Mountain Brook
  • "“My twins had their first visit with Dr. Breedlove and it was a delight. She immediately made me feel very comfortable and it felt as if she had been their doctor for years. I am very happy to have found a pediatrician that I feel I can trust with the care of my children.”"
  • "“Great experience! My daughter got sick at school and I was able to make a same day appointment with Acton Road Pediatrics and got in right away. The front desk staff and the medical assistant were very nice and helpful. Dr. Frees was great, gave realistic expectations and timelines. I’m so glad that we chose Dr. Frees as our pediatrician.”"
  • "“Dr. McAfee is a great doctor! She’s very understanding and listens to your concerns. She takes time with my son to help him with his health issues! I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a pediatrician.”"
  • "“As a first time parent I was really nervous. The staff and Dr. Breedlove were all very friendly and helpful. I especially loved how Dr. Breedlove really took her time to explain everything with us. The visit was great and the doctor’s demeanor has really put my husband and me at ease. I’ve told my New Mom group all about Acton Road Pediatrics!!”"
  • ""Great medical office, wonderful, warm experience from start to finish. Appreciate Dr. Moore taking time to go over the diagnosis clearly and treatment options. Many thanks to everyone at Acton Road Pediatrics.""
  • "“Dr. Frees is incredible. Not only has she taken great care of my children, but also she is lovely to speak with at every appointment. It’s rare to find a doctor that combines such personal touches and care for a patient as a person with outstanding quality of medical care. I highly recommend Dr. Frees!”"