How Often Should Your Child See The Doctor?
It may not seem necessary, but you’ll want to plan several well-visit checkups with a pediatrician for your child during their first few years of life. Even if your child is healthy, the well-visits are necessary for doctors to detect any health concerns before they become serious. Several visits are needed in your child’s first year, but once they turn two, well-visits with a are usually just required once a year.
Routine pediatric doctor visits for your child allow the doctor to chart your child’s growth and cognitive learning. Your baby should see the doctor three to five days after birth and well-checks are needed at the following ages:
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 1 year
- 15 months
- 18 months
Once your child turns two, pediatric doctor visits are only needed once annually.
What Happens During A Child’s Well-Visit?
During a well-child checkup, the doctor will document your child’s height and weight, likely telling you what percentile the child falls in growth-wise, compared to other children his or her age. The medical staff will also check your child’s hearing, vision, and mouth. When needed, the doctor will give vaccinations, as well as check your child’s breathing and lungs.
It’s normal for the medical provider to remove the child’s clothing to perform a visual check from head to toe, ensuring there are no signs of a possible health issue or irregularities.
What Should I Ask My Child’s Doctor?
Anything. Parents sometime feel certain questions should be “common sense” or that they’re being overly protective, but well-visits are the perfect time to ask any questions you have about your child’s health or behavior. From bowel movements to temper tantrums, your doctor can let you know what to expect, when there’s cause for concern, or when it’s normal kid behavior.
Recommended Immunizations For Your Child
The first five years of your child’s life will consist of several vaccines. While the childhood vaccines are recommended, each parent should consult with their pediatrician or nurse practitioner to determine what best fits the child’s needs.
- Birth: Hepatitis B (HepB ) vaccine
- 1-2 months: (DTaP) Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine, (Hib) Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine, (IPV) Inactivated poliovirus vaccine, (PCV) Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, (RV) Rotavirus vaccine
- 4 months: DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV, RV
- 6 months: DTaP, Hib: Only if a third dose is needed, PCV, RV: Only if a third dose is needed, Flu Shot
- 6-18 months: HepB, IPV
- 12–15 months: Hib, MMR: Measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles) vaccine, PCV, Chickenpox (varicella)
- 12–23 months: Hepatitis A (HepA) vaccine is given in two different sessions, at least 6 months apart
- 15–18 months: DTaP
- 4–6 years: DTaP, MMR, IPV, Varicella
Make an effort to schedule the well-visit appointments with Careteam+ on days of the week you know you’ll remember and seldom have disruptions. Your child’s annual checkup will help prevent future health problems and give you peace of mind that your baby is developing properly.
Annual Checkups For The Whole Family
We’ve all heard the adage, if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else! So, we suggest making an appointment for your own checkup while you’re there. Careteam+ is staffed with an experienced team devoted to the best in family medicine.