During a child’s early years they experience rapid growth and change. Many health problems can also be identified and addressed during this time before they become more serious. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your child goes to each and every one of their well-child exams.
What Happens During a Well-Child Exam?
The frequency of well-child visits and what happens during them will vary depending on the age of your child. Each visit includes a basic physical exam to measure height and weight, and sometimes their vision and hearing will also be checked. During some of the initial and most critical visits (those that occur during the first year of life), the doctor will inquire about feeding habits, check for jaundice, and administer any vaccines that are needed.
After the first year, child-care exams usually become less frequent and upon turning three years old, only an annual visit is necessary. Well-child exams that occur during early- and middle-school years may include BMI and blood pressure measurements along with the standard height and weight measurements. Behavioral and speech assessments are also often performed, especially in the earlier years.
If your child is due for an immunization, their well-child exam is often a good time to administer it. And, if you have any particular questions or concerns about your child’s health or development, the well-child visit is a good time to discuss them with the pediatrician. Together, you can help to prevent future problems and make sure your child grows to be strong and healthy.
Frequency of Well-Child Visits
The American Academy of Pediatrics has established a well-child visit schedule. However, keep in mind that every child is different and well-care exam guidelines can be modified depending on the needs of the child or concerns of the parent or doctor. The following is the list of recommended ages when children should receive their well-child care visits:
- 3 -5 days
- By one month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 1 year
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- 30 months
- Once per year once the child turns three years old
Contact River Valley Pediatrics in New Braunfels
If you’re looking for a local pediatrician who truly cares about your child, contact River Valley Pediatrics in New Braunfels. We offer well-child exams as well as a variety of other care services including immunizations, minor emergency care, and continuity care for chronic disorders. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.