Why are well check up visits important for children?

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Are you keeping up with all the well check-up appointments for your child? I know…it seems like they are quite frequent, but they are really important.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends scheduled well child visits starting right after birth. During the first three years of life, well visits are recommended at:

  • 2 to 5 days old
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 24 months old
  • 30 months old
  • 3 years old
  • Thereafter, check ups should be scheduled yearly through age 21.

Why are well child visits important? 

Each well child visit, also known as a check-up, is an opportunity to evaluate your child’s growth, development, behavior, sleeping patterns, nutritional status, and perform a complete physical examination. Also, to assess oral health, emotional well-being, social skills, and learning. You will have time to discuss with your pediatrician any specific concerns you might have. During these visits we offer routine childhood immunizations. There are specific screenings and assessments for each well visit that are crucial for prevention and continuity of care from infancy through late adolescence.

Why are well child visits scheduled so frequently during the first two years of life?

During the first two years of life, your child will grow very quickly and acquire a whole lot of new tricks. The frequency of the well check-up visits is to ensure your child is growing and developing properly. Each visit should include an age appropriate comprehensive evaluation of growth, development, oral health, and behavior. As your child grows, his or her nutritional requirements change. Therefore, nutrition should be discussed in detail. Also, infant, toddler, school age children, and adolescents safety should be assessed and discussed in-depth. 


What is the parents role during a well child visit? 

You are your child’s advocate and you know your child better than anyone else. Try to answer all questions/questionnaires as objectively as possible. This is your chance to ask questions and raise concerns you might have. You and your pediatrician should work together as a team to meet all your child’s needs.  

Resources:

Well-Child-Care-A-Check-Up-for-Success

Well child visits

kidshealth.org/checkups

Routine-Doctor-Visits-For-School-Age-Children

Disclaimer: The content in this blog is not to be considered medical advice and it is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your primary care provider. If you have specific questions, please contact your physician.