Child Care CheckUp for his Healthy Future

A Child Care Check-Up for a Healthy Future

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 25 Oct 2015 - 09:01

A child is the apple of every parent’s eye. Yet, some children may not get enough attention of their parents about their development and growth for various reasons. Taking notice of your child’s problems, weaknesses or developmental issues and getting the child checkup done is crucial for the child’s healthy future.

How can a child checkup help?

A child checkup is also an opportunity and an approach to raise general questions and concerns about your child’s development, behavior and well-being in general. A well-child checkup is different from the sick-visit to a pediatrician when the child is sick, or has a specific problem like cold, cough, ear ache, fever or allergy..
 

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A regular child-checkup will allow parents to discuss with the pediatrician about the child’s vaccination schedule and assess the child’s growth since the last visit to the pediatrician, raise concerns about the child’s eating, sleeping, toilet training, social behaviors and relationships with other family members, as well as attention and learning difficulties. The parent-doctor-child-team approach helps better tackle physical, emotional, and developmental health for the child.

Tips for Parents:

  • Make a list of things you need to discuss with your child's pediatrician to ensure you get all the information.
  • Write down top three to five questions or concerns
  • Talk to the pediatrician about the child’s issues of concern
  • Improve your awareness about the child’s developmental stages by asking questions to the doctor.
  • The parent must open up and share every piece of information with the doctor for better understanding of your child.

Preventive Checkups:

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Early child check-ups help avoid serious problems or disorders later in life. Therefore it's very important that the parent understands this and gets the child tested and checked for any issues, the parent may be concerned about. Depending on the child’s age checkups include:

  • Immunizations are a big part of the preventive care
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Lead exposure - Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. And effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected. Prevent lead exposure
  • Dental check-up
  • Eye vision checkup
  • Social behavioral assessments
  • Emotional well-being
  • Eating
  • Sleeping
  • Learning capabilities.
  • Blood test for anemia and any other disorders
  • Physical measurements,
  • Patient history
  • Screenings and other tests

These Checkups can start as early as 2-5 days and continue to up to 12 years of age for an annual health supervision visit to assess developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment.

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.