Well-child visits are essential for monitoring the healthy growth and development of your child. Regularly scheduled well-child visits are a great way to keep tabs on the general wellness of your child and screen for medical and developmental issues. Additionally, well-child visits can provide the perfect chance for you and your children to build and develop a relationship with their pediatrician or family healthcare providers. According to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), these regular visits should start when a child is just a few days old and continue through the teenage years.
There are plenty of benefits to regular well-child visits. First, these visits are the perfect time for your child to get his or her scheduled immunizations. Well-child visits can be a simple way to track the growth and development of your child through specific milestones, learning and social behaviors. Additionally, meetings with your pediatrician are an excellent time to ask questions or raise any concerns about your child’s health you may have. Topics can range from behavior and sleep to nutrition and safety in the home or at school.
A well-child visit at Children’s Wellness Center will include the following:
- Measuring your child’s height and weight to keep tabs on growth and development
- Monitoring Body Mass Index (BMI) and other indicators of health and wellness
- Immunizations for protection from certain diseases and infections
- Questions about your child’s well-being, daily life and home environment
In order to best prepare your child for their doctor visits, talk with your child in advance about what to expect. Be calm and reassuring with your child and make sure they feel as safe and comfortable as possible heading into their well-child visit. We recommend waiting until the appointment to discuss any immunizations or other shots they made need. Otherwise, kids may become frightful or anxious about their appointment in advance.
In order to get the most out of your child’s well-child visit, we strongly recommend that parents complete the developmental, behavioral and health surveys via our patient portal before their appointment. This helps our healthcare providers by allowing us to review your child’s results ahead of time and better address any potential issues that may appear. We use CHADIS (Child Health and Development Interactive System), an award-winning web-based screening, diagnostic and management system, that allows us to monitor the health and well-being of our patients and help us catch developmental issues that need to be addressed as soon as possible. Once you are registered with CHADIS you will be able to access all the pre-visit forms, online surveys, informational handouts and community resources required before a well-child visit.
Preparation for parents is crucial to getting the most out of your well-child visits. So talk to your kids in advance and make sure you’re aware of any aches, pains or possible symptoms they may be experiencing in order to bring them to your healthcare provider’s attention during your visit. For more information or to schedule a well-child visit today, please contact Children’s Wellness Center today. We also host meet & greet events that can be a great way to become better acquainted with our pediatricians. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ for more news and updates.