A pediatric well check is necessary for all children throughout their childhood and is the most effective way to ensure they are indeed on track when it comes to developing properly. From infancy to adolescence, it is important for a medical professional to perform this wellness check, which provides them with an overall understanding of a child’s health.
Since children grow up so fast, it is also necessary to follow the well-child visit schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The American Academy of Pediatrics provides regular updates to its recommended schedule of childhood screenings and health assessments.
A pediatric well check is the best way to find out how well a child is progressing as they grow. For children who may be a little apprehensive when it comes time to go to the doctors for a wellness check, letting them know what to expect can help to calm their nerves. And because every child is going to be unique, it is important for both the parents and the medical professionals to come together in order to do what is best for the child.
The AAP schedule of well check visits starts with immediate newborn care, an appointment at the two-week mark and an appointment at one month. From there, the visits spread out in three-month increments to six-month increments. At the three-year mark, the child will make a visit every year up until 21 years of age, if necessary.
It is important to keep up with the latest updates for well check visits. For example, screening for depression between the ages of 11 and 21 are now part of every well-child check.
What Happens During a Well Check
During a pediatric well check, a medical professional will perform a few procedures that track how well the child is doing on a physical, mental and emotional level. Both the parent and the child should feel free to ask the doctor any questions at this time. Even if these questions are slightly embarrassing, parents and the child must not hold anything back.
The visit will include a thorough physical examination that includes looking at the eyes and ears, checking reactions, listening to the heart and more. If there are any immunizations the child needs, we will review them with the parents and recommend the process for administering them to the child.
We will also measure the height and weight of the child to ensure they are indeed on track to developing normally. We can also offer any nutritional or exercise advice to promote the health of the child.
Pediatric Walk-In Clinic
While many providers now offer the convenience of a pediatric walk-in clinic because no appointment is required, most of these providers do not offer well check visits or immunizations for walk-in appointments.
Pediatric vaccines, also known as immunizations or shots, are an important part of keeping children healthy, making adhering to the recommended immunization schedule essential to their good health. Those who have concerns about getting their child regular immunizations should know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have performed numerous studies on how immunizations can affect children. These studies are available on their website for viewing. The CDC fully supports the role immunizations play when it comes to keeping children healthy.
NOTE: Immunizations required for certain ages must be given on or after the child has reached that certain age and not before.
Influenza, also known as the flu, is an extremely contagious viral infection. Most children who get the flu will be sick for about a week. However, some children may end up in the hospital if the flu-like symptoms get worse. If a child begins to exhibit flu-related symptoms, an influenza test can help a medical professional see if the symptoms are indeed due to a flu virus. The best way to prevent a child from getting influenza is for them to receive a yearly flu shot.
Newborn care involves a well-baby check within the first five days after birth. We will weigh and measure the baby, as well as conduct a thorough exam from head to toe in order to make sure everything looks normal. Over the next few months, a focus will be on how well the baby is progressing, i.e. rolling over, making eye contact, etc.
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