10 Reasons for Well-Child Care Visits
All children and adolescents should receive well-child care visits to ensure their overall health and wellness. Here are 10 reasons why well-child care visits are so important:
- Immunizations: Immunizations help protect your child against sickness. Regular checkups allow clinics to give vaccines according to the national immunization schedule.
- Physical Exam: A physical exam allows the provider to take extra time to inspect areas not addressed during sick visits. While the majority of physical exams end with a clean bill of health, sometimes issues are identified.
- Examining Growth: Well-child visits allow the provider to check your child’s height and weight, determining if they are in the ideal range and norms for their age.
- Development: A thorough well-child care visit can help discover any delays in development, so appropriate therapies can be put into place. Your child will be assessed for social, emotional, intellectual, and behavioral development.
- Healthy Lifestyle: Providers can address any concerns you may have about your child’s eating, sleeping or activities, referring you to specialists if necessary.
- Getting Questions Answered: Sick visits tend to be shorter than well-child visits. Well-child visits allow you time to get advice and guidance from your child’s provider.
- Chronic Illness Update: While every child needs a well-child care visit, this visit is especially important for children with chronic illnesses. By having your child’s regular provider involved, the provider can better coordinate current and future care with treatments and specialists.
- Refilling Medications: A well-child visit is the perfect opportunity to get refills for any medications your child may be taking.
- Keeping Safe: Safety is always a concern for children and parents. Your child’s doctor will discuss your child’s activities with you, providing you with appropriate safety advice as needed.
- Building a Relationship: It is important for your child’s provider to have a relationship with you and your child, as this provides a baseline to recognize concerns should anything change in the health of your child.
If you haven't scheduled your child's exam yet, please contact your primary care clinic today.