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Every parent wants to know that their child is growing and healthy. A well-child visit is a crucial part of every child’s health care journey, from the time they are born until they reach adulthood.
A well-child visit is a regularly scheduled health check up with your child’s pediatrician. These appointments serve many important purposes. They focus on your child’s overall health, preventive care, growth and developmental milestones, immunizations, plus serve as a time for parents to discuss any questions or concerns they may have about their child’s health or parenting. These visits also can help catch any potential health issues early and connect your child with additional support if needed for specific physical or mental health concerns.Building a strong relationship with a pediatrician is an important part of your child’s health care journey. Pediatricians are specially trained to focus on children’s health. They will conduct physical and mental health screenings, along with a full physical health assessment, and offer medical guidance to your child and family. The benefit of your child seeing a pediatrician is the continuity it provides of your child seeing the same doctor(s) as they grow up.
Well-child visits may seem like a routine part of your child’s growth, but they play an important role in their overall health care, including their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. How often you need to schedule your child’s well-child visits will vary based on their age and developmental needs.
During a baby’s first year, they grow rapidly and will require more frequent visits with the pediatrician to ensure they are reaching their developmental milestones on time. Toddlers will continue to see their pediatrician at regular intervals throughout the year, and young children will need to check in with their pediatrician at least once a year. The full well-child visit schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is listed below:
By becoming a part of your family’s medical home, the pediatricians with Norton Children’s Medical Group, can get to know your family on an individual basis, become familiar with your child’s health care needs and unique personality, plus offer the best tools, information and guidance to empower every child and parent to live a healthy lifestyle.
Although well-child visits, on their own, are not legally mandated, health physicals often are required for entry into school or day care and for participation in sports. Many state laws require these types of health check ups and immunizations for school children, and the well-child visit can serve as a great time to complete these requirements with a health care professional. Regularly scheduled check ups with your child’s pediatrician are strongly recommended by medical professionals to make sure your child receives the proper care at every stage of their growth.
During your child’s visit, you can expect your pediatrician to do the following:
Well-child check ups are more than just routine appointments. They are a cornerstone for monitoring and supporting your child’s overall health and development. It is important to follow the recommended well-child visit schedule to ensure your child’s pediatrician can screen them for any health issues, provide necessary preventive care and immunizations, and give them the physical and mental support they need to achieve optimal health. It’s also a time for parents to receive support and helpful information from the pediatrician. Prioritizing your child’s health can help set them up for a brighter, healthier and happier future. Building a strong relationship with a pediatrician can help encourage more positive health care experiences and better long-term health later in life.