Here’s why your child shouldn’t skip out on routine physical examinations.
From the moment your baby is born you’ll start bringing them into the pediatrician’s office for routine checkups. A pediatrician is an important part of your child’s life, providing the preventive care they need to remain healthy and free from illness. Our Moline, IL, pediatricians Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker aren’t just there for you and your child when they are sick, they are also there to provide wellness checkups and physical exams throughout your child’s life.
What is the purpose of a physical exam?
Physical exams, or well-child visits, are imperative for all children regardless of their health. After all, these routine physical exams allow our Moline, IL, pediatricians to monitor any physical, emotional, cognitive, or behavioral changes early on. Physical exams are an easy, non-invasive way for our pediatricians to keep your child healthy and safe from diseases and injuries.
What should we expect from these physical exams?
Most aspects of these well-child visits stay the same; however, depending on your child’s age, we may require some additional screenings, vaccines, or preventive care. Here are common aspects of a well-child visit,
- Height, weight, blood pressure, and heart rate are measured and recorded
- Your child’s temperature is taken
- Your pediatrician will go through your child’s detailed medical history
- A thorough and detailed physical examination is performed
- Hearing and vision may be checked (typically during their first visit and again at 3 years old)
- Vaccines may be administered (here’s a helpful immunization schedule, from birth to 18 years, from the CDC)
- Concerns and questions are addressed regarding your child’s health
- Additional screenings may be recommended, based on your child’s current health status or medical history
When should I bring my child in for a physical exam?
Like we said earlier, you will bring your baby into our office for their first pediatric checkup about one week after birth. From there, you will bring them in about every month or so until they reach two years old. From there, annual physical exams and checkups are necessary until your child reaches adulthood.
Of course, we know that parents have enough to think about, and we don’t expect you to memorize when they’ll need to come into our office. Healthy Children provides a helpful, concise breakdown of when to bring your child in for well-child visits.
Is it time to schedule your child’s upcoming physical exam here in Moline, IL? Keeping up with these routine physical exams once a year is important for raising a healthy child. Call Franklin Pediatrics at (309) 762-0777 to schedule your child’s next physical exam.