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The Importance of Well-Care Visits

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Healthy Babies, Healthy Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies visit their pediatrician for a well-child check-up as a newborn, by one month; at two, four, six, nine, twelve, fifteen, eighteen, and twenty-four months of age; and then once a year from age's three to six.

Importance

During a well-child visit, your child's pediatrician will provide preventive care by assessing and tracking a child's physical, behavioral, developmental and emotional status as they grow. A well-child visit is a critical opportunity to detect a possible developmental delay or disability, early treatment of which can lessen the future impact on both the child and the family.

Well-child visits are also a key time for parent-doctor communication. Make the most of these visits by writing down important questions and concerns and take them with you. Sleep patterns and nutrition are a few topics parents can inquire about.

Your child's doctor will also assess their age-appropriate body mass index (BMI) to make sure that they are in a healthy percentile range for their height and weight. You will likely be asked questions about your child's exercise habits to ensure that they are getting the recommended physical activity.

Did you know?
Six year olds are 20 percent less likely to get an annual checkup than three, four or five year olds? Help us change this statistic by scheduling an appointment for your child today! At six years of age, your child still needs an annual checkup.

Protect Your Child From Serious Diseases
Well-child visits are a great way to make sure your child's immunizations are current. Studies show that children who are not vaccinated are at a much higher risk for getting sick.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that the implementation of routine childhood immunizations has caused the largest ever decline of some of the most devastating diseases in the United States. Diseases that once killed and maimed children are now highly preventable.

Vaccinate your infants and toddlers at every opportunity to promote full immunity against harmful, yet preventable childhood diseases.

What are the recommended childhood immunizations and doses?

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (DTaP) 4 doses
  • Inactivated poliovirus (IPV) 3 doses
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) 1 dose
  • Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib) 3 doses
  • Hepatitis B (HepB) 3 doses
  • Varicella or chickenpox (VZV) 1 dose
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) 4 doses
  • Hepatitis A (HepA) 2 doses
  • Rotavirus at least 2 doses
  • Influenza (flu) vaccine 2 doses
To view the recommended immunizations for your child, please log on to www.cdc.gov/vaccines!.

Be a Winner!
  • If your baby receives six well-child visits by 15 months of age, he/she will receive a gift card and will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of our featured prizes.
  • If your baby has already turned 15 months of age this year and has had all of the recommended visits, he/she has already been entered into the drawing.
  • Please click on the link provided below for additional prize information.
Six Leaps and Bounds!

Be a Winner!
  • If your child receives an annual well-child visit this year, his/her name will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of our featured prizes.
  • If your child has already had a checkup, he/she has already been entered into the drawing.
  • Please click on the link provided below for additional prize information.
A Step Ahead 3-5 year olds Count Me In!

Learn the facts, share the facts and save lives:
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Sources:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Childhood Immunization Schedule, 2011.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Child Development, 2011.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Well-Child-Care –A Check-Up for Success, 2011.

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