A yearly well-child visit is for more than just vaccinations. It’s your opportunity for your child to be screened for conditions and checked for meeting milestones
Well-child visits are often associated with the vaccinations that children need early in life and for school. But well-child visits are crucial to a child’s overall well-being. These visits are an opportunity to screen your child’s physical and mental health, check for conditions and get your pediatrician to answer any questions you may have.
What conditions do pediatricians screen for during well child visits?
Children need routine health checks at every age to make sure they are healthy, happy and on target for milestones. These health checks give pediatricians the opportunity to screen for:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Behavioral issues
- Cholesterol and diabetes issues
- Development and growth issues
- High blood pressure
- Ongoing skin issues
- Oral health
- Proper nutrition
- Signs of abuse
- Sleep issues
- Vision and hearing issues
Talking to your pediatrician about any issues your child encounters, from trouble with certain milestones or regressing after learning skills such as potty training, can help parents get the answers they need to help their kids.
“I tell families, especially new parents, that I’m here to help them be the best parents they can be,” Renita D. Price, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Group – Windy Hills. “A pediatrician’s role is not only to help the child be the healthiest they can be, but also to support the family and help ease the burden parents can feel. I often tell parents ‘You’re doing a great job,’ because raising children is not easy.”
Pediatricians offer families help to keep children and families thriving
Additionally, a pediatrician can help new parents and families with issues they’re experiencing related to their child’s care. A pediatrician can help families with:
- Car seat safety
- Childproofing questions/concerns
- Healthy lifestyle choices
- Poisoning prevention
- Potty training
- Safe sleeping methods
- Questions and concerns about vaccinations
Norton Children’s Medical Group
Being able to talk to your child’s pediatrician can help families solve issues that can affect a child’s health. At Norton Children’s Medical Group, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, we understand the lifelong implications of child hunger as well as the barriers and challenges families face. That is why we expanded our prescriptive food pantry model to select Norton Children’s Medical Group pediatricians’ offices and Norton Community Medical Associates family practice offices.
Providers screen patients for signs of hunger and food insecurity. Providers then are able to use the prescriptive pantry to provide families with nutritionally sound food as well as information on how to get the best nutrition with limited resources. The prescriptive pantries are made possible through generous grants supported by the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Community Foundation of Louisville – One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund, and powered through Dare to Care Food Bank.
“Our job is to treat the whole family supporting that child, and food and proper nutrition are a big part of physical and mental health,” Dr. Price said.