Well Child Check

Childhood is a time of rapid growth and change. To keep children healthy, it is strongly recommended that they have regular well child checks. These visits start from the first newborn check in hospital and continue until the end of adolescence. Your child needs these visits most often during stages when he or she is developing the fastest. At these exams, your health care provider will check your child´s growth and development and try to find problems early. This is also a time when immunizations are reviewed and children are kept on track with all the required and recommended vaccinations.

Each visit includes:

  • 20090531_Doctor_exam__MG_3549-viA review of:
    • medical history
    • diet
    • sleep
    • developmental stage
  • Complete physical examination including checks of the:
    • heart
    • lungs
    • genitalia
    • skin
    • internal organs
    • reflexes
    • blood pressure
    • measurement of:
      • height
      • weight
      • hearing
      • vision
  • Other tests may be necessary and will be part of these visits.

The focus of these visits changes depending on your child’s age. For infants, the focus is more on development and immunization, for older kids, besides physical health, it is important to pay special attention to psychosocial and adolescent issues.

The recommended timing for these Well Child Checks are as follows:

Age 0-2yrs:

  • Newborn
  • 1st week of life
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 3 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 1 year
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years

From 2 years to adult:

Annual exam is recommended.

Although many pediatricians continue to see patients until early adulthood (e.g., age 18yrs), some children receive care from a family practitioner or a specialist in adolescent medicine during their teens. The transition between childhood and adult life is a very important stage for our children. Medical visits at this stage are focused on encouraging healthy behaviors regarding diet, exercise, and sleep. They also provide an opportunity to counsel about stress, accident prevention, contraception, and healthy lifestyles. There may be additional vaccines required against disease such as HPV, meningitis (for college students) and travel vaccines.

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