Why does your child need a physical exam every year? We are here to explain!
While it might seem like a no-brainer to take your little one in to visit our Moline, IL, pediatricians, Dr. Nafees Khan and Dr. David Bunker, when they are sick, did you know that you should also be bringing your child in once a year regardless of illness? A physical examination might not seem important, especially if your child is the picture of health, but we are here to explain why you shouldn’t neglect these routine and preventive visits.
You wouldn’t believe how much can change in a year when it comes to your child’s health. Since children are growing all the time and reaching health milestones, our job as your Moline children’s doctor is to make sure that your child is hitting all these developmental milestones. By being able to check their weight and height we can determine if your child is underweight, overweight or getting the proper nutrition they need.
During these visits, we can also check for certain issues that we may not check for if your child comes in due to illness. We will examine your child’s vision and hearing. We will check their spinal health, their heart and look for potential conditions like heart murmurs or changes in rhythm. Once your child is old enough to go to school you may find that their school or sports team require that your child gets a medical exam once a year.
By bringing your child in every year you can safeguard them from potentially serious illnesses, plus this also gives the parents time to ask all the important questions they may have about their child’s health, developmental and nutritional. Parents can’t know it all, but we can help address all of your questions and concerns to make sure your child is getting the proper care both in our office and at home.
Is it time to schedule your child’s physical examination? If so, then turn to the children’s health experts at Franklin Pediatrics in Moline, IL to provide your child with the care they need to grow up healthy and strong. Call us today!