How Many Well-Child Visits Should We Schedule?
New Meridian, ID Parents Ask Our Pediatricians About Well-Child Visits
As a child grows and develops, especially during the early stages of life, it is best for pediatricians to monitor their development through a series of regularly scheduled appointments. These are known as well-child visits.
Well-Child Visit Schedule
Each well-child visit is strategically planned based on the child’s age. These types of appointments provide an excellent opportunity for a pediatrician to examine the child and determine whether or not they are meeting the normal developmental milestones.
Children are advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics to attend a well-child visit at the following ages:
- 2 – 5 days
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 2 and a half years
Once the child reaches 3 years of age, it is recommended that they participate in a well-child visit once each year until they are 21 years old.
Primary Purpose of a Well-Child Visit
The biggest benefit to bringing your kid to regular well-child visits is to prevent potential physical, mental, or social issues such as:
- Childhood diseases
- Sleep disorders
- Abnormalities in height, weight, or head circumference
- Behavior disorders such as ADHD, OCD, etc.
Immunizations are often administered at well-child visits in order to avoid potential illnesses. Parents may also wish to discuss safety protocols for their home or the child’s school.
An added benefit to seeing a pediatrician so often during the first few months and years of a child’s life is that it gives parents the perfect opportunity to bond closely with their child’s pediatrician. This greatly increases the likelihood that parents will reach out or ask additional questions of their pediatrician, which can substantially improve the health of the child.
What to do If You’ve Missed a Well-Child Visit
If you are a Meridian, ID parent reading this and are concerned that you may have missed one or more of these appointments, don’t fret. Simply make an appointment as soon as possible in order to get caught up and back on track for you child’s remaining well-child visits. To make an appointment, give us a call at (208) 338-5437 (KIDS) today.