Well Child Care
Routine well child care exams play an important role in keeping children healthy. Children should be seen yearly starting at 3 years of age for well visits. Regular well-child examinations by a doctor are essential for keeping kids healthy and up-to-date on their immunizations. Well child care exams provide an opportunity for your pediatrician to:
- Examine your child's growth and development
- Discuss age-specific health, behavior and safety issues
- Provide routine immunizations, vision screening, and lab work
- Address any questions you may have regarding your child's health and development
As kids grow, they can also ask their own questions about their health and changing body.
Create a list of things you want to discuss with your child's pediatrician to ensure you get all the information you need. Jotting down your top three to five questions or concerns, bringing them to the visit and presenting these to the pediatrician at the beginning of the visit will help you focus on your issues of concern and start the dialogue with your pediatrician.
The well-child care visit is an opportunity to raise general questions and concerns about your child's development, behavior, and general well-being. Many parents also use this well-child visit as a time for scheduled vaccinations and to see how much their child has grown since the last check-up. Pediatricians are used to discussing common concerns with parents such as eating, sleeping, toilet training, and social behaviors, as well as attention and learning difficulties. This type of visit differs from a "sick visit" in which you might take your child to the doctor for a specific problem like an allergic reaction, an ear infection, or breathing trouble.
Having regular well-child visits with your child's doctor and raising the concerns that matter most to you are key ingredients in helping the doctor know you and your child and forming a reliable and trustworthy relationship and keeping your child healthy and safe!