But Pediatrician and Family Health Provider visits don't have to be limited to just when their is an illness present. Routine well-child check up appointments are just as important for healthy children and can help both parent and providers better understand the overall health of the child and keep them healthier long term.
Yearly well child check-ups, usually in the weeks preceding the start of school or right around that time, are highly beneficial for the health of your children. Not only does their provider get a clear picture of their Height, Weight, Hearing, Vision, Reflexes, and Overall Physical Health but also your child benefits by learning how to participate in and maintain their health care. You as a parent benefit in always knowing just where your child is and having a better understanding of what is needed to make sure they have the best possible start.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a prescribed schedule to follow for check ups for your child. These can range from every three months at the early stages of development to yearly as your child progresses through school and beyond.
You can use this time with your provider to give your child scheduled immunizations to prevent illness. You also can ask your pediatrician about nutrition and safety in the home and at school.
Tracking growth and development.
This is a great time to see how much your child has grown and moved along to various milestones. As well if milestones aren't being achieved attending well-child visits will help parents and providers be more aware.
Make a list of topics you want to talk about with your child's health care provider such as development, behavior, sleep, eating or even how they are getting along with other family members. Bring your top three to five questions or concerns with you to talk with your provider at the start of the visit.
Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among the health care provider, parent and child. Memorial Hospital of Converse County recommends well-child visits as a way for providers and parents to serve the needs of our youngest patients. This team approach helps develop optimal physical, mental and social health of a child.
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Department of Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology
Department of Family Medicine
The Department of Family Medicine is located in the Memorial Hospital of Converse County Medical Office Building at 700 E. Center St. in Douglas. To schedule an appointment with any of our family medicine providers, please call 307.358.7300.