Going to the doctor when your child is sick is a no brainer. But did you know that going to the doctor when your child is healthy is important, too? These visits are often referred to as well-child checkups and are beneficial for several reasons:
- Establishes a baseline of your child’s health. At each visit, your child’s vital signs, such as temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure (depending on your child’s age) are checked.
- Keeps your child up-to-date on age-appropriate immunizations. Your child’s pediatrician will have a list of age-specific vaccine information to help determine if your child’s vaccines need to be updated.
- Helps track your child’s growth and development. Your child’s height and weight are recorded at each visit and can help identify if there are any growth issues.
Important tips to remember:
- Ask questions. These visits are great opportunities for both parents and children to ask questions. I often ask parents to write down 3 to 5 questions or concerns and bring the list with them to appointments. Children may also feel more comfortable asking certain questions of their doctor instead of their parents.
- Establish a trusting relationship with your child’s pediatrician. Having a team-centered approach can help your child grow to be their best self, physically, mentally and socially.
Starting at age three, through age 21, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an annual checkup for kids.
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