What Should I Expect?

These check-ups have a variety of names, well-child visit, wellness exam, check-ups.  Whatever you call it they are important and beneficial for tracking your child’s development and early detection of any health issues.

Each visit includes a complete physical exam.  This is done to detect and prevent problems.  The exam will include

  • Vision test
  • Hearing test
  • Nose
  • Mouth
  • Reflexes
  • Spinal Health
  • Lungs
  • Blood Pressure

Your child’s measurements both weight and height will be recorded and charted in order to compare to normal developmental milestones.

What Ages Are Well Child Exams?

Childhood is a time of rapid growth and change because of this younger children tend to have more well-child exams. Your provider will let you know how often they would like to see your child for exams.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that after children start school they need a physical exam once every two years.  These visits play a crucial role in preventing illness, promoting your child’s well being, and keeping you informed about your child’s development.

What Should I Come Prepared With?

At your visits, you may get information on topics such as:

  • Sleep
  • Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Puberty
  • Immunizations

Write down any questions or concerns you have and bring them with you.  This will help you get the most out of your visit.