Well Child Visits near Raeford & Fayetteville
Information About Annual Child Check Up’s at Kids First Pediatrics
One of the key responsibilities of parents is to make sure their newborns remain healthy during their formative years.
Besides providing routine health care, well-child visits are important because they are effective in helping to prevent and detect illnesses and problems before symptoms occur.
Regular pediatric well-child visits are intended specifically for children from birth through their teen years. This is a period of rapid growth and change and is the best time to address conditions that can affect their long term overall health and development. At Kids First Pediatrics of Raeford, we are dedicated to putting your child’s health first. Our board-certified pediatricians will take the time to provide your child with a comprehensive exam to help determine the current status of their health. Following the exam, they will take the time to answer any questions that you may have about your child’s development. For more information, contact our pediatric clinics in Raeford & Fayetteville at (910) 848-5437 and schedule an appointment today!
Pediatrician and Family Interaction
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an ongoing relationship between a family and their pediatrician is a key requirement of quality health care for children.
This relationship helps to build a level of trust that is important to achieving effective communication during the well-child visit. Additionally, the AAP believes that simply taking a child to the doctor when he or she is not feeling well is not sufficient in helping to ensure continued healthy development. Well-child visits permit parents to prepare topics for discussion in concert with their child’s examination.
What to Expect at Your Child’s Check-Up
Well-child visits focus on helping to maintain your child’s health by monitoring a number of important areas to help assure their health and to identify conditions that may not openly manifest themselves. Important aspects of these visits include:
- An evaluation of your child’s growth and development
- A discussion of safety, nutrition, fitness, behavior, school, peer interaction, day to day family life, etc.
- Addressing attention or learning challenges
- A complete physical examination
- Recording your child’s height, weight, and other important information
- Assessing body mass index for identifying and preventing obesity
- Developmental screenings, if appropriate
- Diseases currently going around that may affect your child
- Age-appropriate screening tests (including hearing, vision, hemoglobin, etc.)
- Age-appropriate immunizations
- An opportunity to ask questions
Recommended Well Visit Examination Schedule
The frequency of well-child visits is generally determined by your health care provider and can vary depending on how experienced the parents are. As mentioned previously, the frequency of visits is intended to make sure your child is developing properly and may follow the schedule listed below:
- 2-4 days after the baby is home
- 2 weeks
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 2½ years (30 months)
- 3 years
- 4 years
- 5 years
- 6 years
- 7 years
- 8 years
- 9 years
- 10 years
- 11 years
- 12 years
- 13 years
- 14 years
- 15 years
- 16 years
- 17 years
- 18 years
Schedule an Appointment for a Well Child Visit
It is important that your child receives an well child visit annual. This helps keep your child at optimal health and detect any signs of illness before they get serious. If your child is in need of a well-child visit, contact our pediatric clinics in Raeford & Fayetteville, at (910) 848-5437 and schedule an appointment today!