Well Child Visits
You know to take your child to the doctor when they're sick, but do you take them when they're healthy?
Regular visits with your pediatrician are an important part of your child's health, growth and development. They help the doctor keep track of your child's progress. And they provide you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have.
During a routine well visit, your child's doctor will:
- Assess your child's general health, developmental milestones and behavior
- Review any medicines your child is taking
- Address any issues or symptoms your child has
- Screen for conditions that may not have obvious symptoms
- Check your child's body mass index (BMI) to make sure he or she is a healthy weight
- Discuss your child's nutrition habits and activity level
Well care visits are needed at every age and stage
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following schedule from birth to age two:
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
After age two, your child should see the doctor once a year.
Protect your child with immunizations
Immunization is the only 100% effective way to guard your child from serious illness such as polio, tetanus or hepatitis. Most vaccines can be given during a routine well child visit, which will save you time and money.
Check out the recommended immunization schedule from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to see if your child is due for any vaccines.