Why Should My Child Visit the Pediatrician every now and then for a “Well-Child” check?
It is common for the normal parent to think that skipping dates to visit the pediatrician is fine and to wait for their child to be very ill before they actually head over to pediatrician’s office. However, what they don’t understand is that this is actually a downside for your child. It is the job of Parent’s to keep their children happy and nurtured and it is the job of Pediatricians to get a complete insight of your child’s health progress overall and to keep you completely updated on this matter. As the famous quote goes, “Prevention is better than cure.”
“Well-child checks” are also referred to as annual check-up’s and are a preventative measure and a time for communication with your pediatrician. These annual physical exams decrease risks of potentially missed diagnoses.
Tracking your child’s growth and progress in health over a longer period of time allows your child’s pediatrician to understand what obstacles may arise as well as understand when your child’s health is doing well or deteriorating in any way. At these well-child checks, your child’s pediatrician will be observing and taking down notes and records of information that will allow you and your child’s pediatrician to understand better what resources your child will need to maintain or reach their best possible level of health, as well as put off serious problems before they may arise.
It is important to care for the bigger picture of your child’s health. It is your responsibility as parent’s to be aware of how your child is doing physically and mentally. If you simply pass time until your child is sick to actually visit the pediatrician, then your child’s pediatrician will solely be focused on treating the problem at hand and will be unable to cater to any other health related tests to keep you updated on your child’s health.
At a well-child check, your child’s pediatrician will use these subsequent essentials to evaluate the physical, mental, and emotional health of your child: developmental observations, physical exams, age-appropriate screenings, immunizations, and guidance on how to achieve and sustain good health in the future.
These tools help you and your child’s pediatrician understand exactly what your child’s strengths and weaknesses are health-wise, and where they actually stand in terms of health. Also, it can prevent a lot of serious health problems, or even help to better cater and prepare for when and if a health problem does arise in the future. Well-child checks are an invaluable tool for you and pediatricians that can keep your child stay healthy in the long term. By understanding the exact development and health levels of your child in the long term and caring for your child, you can keep your child healthy, and reduce the chances of any medical issues that may occur down the road.
Contact us today to schedule a well-child check for your child!