Routine checkups (usually once a year) allow your child's doctor to keep a close eye on your child's general health and development. You also can discuss any concerns you have at these appointments. Routine dental care is important for your child too.
well-child visit, the doctor:
Measures your child's weight and height. These
measurements are plotted on a growth chart and are compared to previous and
later markings to make sure the child is growing as expected.
with your child. For example, the doctor may ask about his or her friends,
favorite activities, and most interesting school subjects. From this
conversation, the doctor will briefly assess your child's language skills and
hearing and also perhaps his or her social skills and other developmental
Observes how you and your child interact, to assess
emotional and social development. The doctor will ask you questions about your
child's behavior, school performance, how your child handles difficulties, and
what activities your child is involved in, among others.
Routine checkups are a good time for you to ask about what
to expect. Ask your doctor about your child's health, growth, development, or
behavior. It may help you to go to your child's checkup with a prepared
list of questions(What is a PDF document?).
Sometimes it may be appropriate to have your child spend part of the
visit alone with the doctor. This can give your child a chance to talk about
issues that he or she has difficulty discussing with the doctor if you are present.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 03, 2011
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