There are a few things we do at every visit, no matter why you’ve brought your child, that will help us provide them with the best pediatric care.
"We love Dr. Huitink! We followed him from our old clinic because he is so kind and understanding to my son that is autistic. They have the best staff, nurses, and environment. Everyone is always super friendly and helpful."
"The best of the BEST! The entire team is knowledgeable and welcoming. Being a first time mom is hard and the team at Compass is so helpful. They never make me feel they are inconvenienced by all of my questions and concerns. They have guided me in raising my healthy, happy baby! The office feels so personable and in the year of 2020 that is hard to accomplish. Thank you, thank you to the Compass team."
"Dr. Huitink is a great doctor. I love the fact that, in addition to treating my children and addressing their complaints/illnesses, he always seems genuinely concerned about them. The staff is always so friendly and helpful and the facility itself is very clean. Highly recommend! "
"I would recommend them to anyone who asks. They work very well with children of all ages and communicate very well with the parents. They have gone above and beyond, especially during the Covid outbreak."
"Dr. H is awesome! We are new to the area..so finding a new doctor for our daughter was very nerve racking. We’ve seen him 3 different times now (one for a sick call and two wellness visits) He never rushes out of our appointments and always answers my questions. The clinic is so modern and fresh! We love Compass Peds!"
"We absolutely love Dr. Huitink and team! We are always treated like family and our questions are always answered. Also, it feels so good that they know your children on a personal level and can remember your face and name when they see you."
"Both Dr. Huitink and NP Mary Kathryn are very knowledgeable, understanding, and have excellent bedside manner. The entire staff is efficient, helpful, and very well managed. My kids have been seen here for over a year now, and we have had nothing short of excellent experiences every visit. I would highly recommend Compass Pediatrics to anyone."
"The BEST pediatricians office ever!! We have had such a great experience coming to Compass Pediatrics. They took their time answering our 1000 questions as first time parents. I highly recommend bringing your little humans here!! "
Your First Visit
If your child is a new patient, please bring any medical or shot records you have or the contact information for your previous physician(s). Some families find it helpful to have a list of questions or concerns written down and we welcome that! We’ll also need to make a copy of your medical insurance card and a photo ID for our records, so please be prepared with those as well. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete any necessary paperwork. If you have other questions prior to your visit, don’t hesitate to call.
No matter how old your child, the wellness or annual checkup includes a short survey of your child’s overall well being including questions about home life and their development. Depending on their age, the visits will vary. Here are some things to expect based on age of the child:
Infant Pediatric Care – Birth Through 2 Years
- Height, weight and head circumference
- Ear, nose and throat/teeth evaluation
- Heart and lung check
- Joint and mobility evaluation
- Conversation about their age appropriate development
- Immunizations (when necessary)
Pediatric Care Birth to 3 Years
At Compass Pediatrics, we follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Schedule of Well-Child Care Visits or “Periodicity Schedule”
This schedule of screenings and assessments recommends the following visits, up to age three.
- The first week visit (3 to 5 days old)
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 2 years old (24 months)
- 2 ½ years old (30 months)
- 3 years old
Pediatric Care 3 Years and Up
With the exception of head circumference and joint/mobility evaluation, pediatric care well visits for your child three years and older will be very similar to birth through two visits. We do offer optional hearing and vision screens that may or may not be covered by your insurance. As your child enters their teen years, many prefer privacy during the exam and we leave that decision up to the parent.
Of course, we’re here to listen to your concerns and answer questions or provide referrals when necessary no matter how old or young the child. If you need a shot record for school or daycare, please don’t hesitate to request one from the nurse at the start of your visit so we can have it ready before you leave.
Our sick visits do include a weight check which is essential for proper dosing should a prescription be indicated. We’ll go over the symptoms and determine the best course of treatment. Depending on the diagnosis, we may ask you to schedule a follow up visit prior to leaving the office.
Compassionate & Comprehensive Care
Although we strive to keep our pediatric care running on time, sometimes the unexpected occurs and that doesn’t always happen. If you’re in our waiting area for more than 10 minutes past your scheduled appointment, please let one of our staff know and we will provide an update.
No matter why you’ve brought your child to our pediatric practice, we want you to leave feeling confident that your child’s health and wellness are on the right track. We never want you to leave with questions, but if something comes up later, use our nurse line or patient portal and we’ll respond within 24 hours.
Call us today to schedule an appointment (615) 461-0656.