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Once your child is born it’s amazing just how quickly they grow and develop. It seems like you blink and suddenly they are talking and walking. During these important milestones it’s also important to have a pediatrician that you turn to regularly to make sure that these developmental milestones are being met and that your child is healthy. After all, if there are any problems you want to find out as soon as possible when early medical interventions can make all the difference.
From the moment your child is born until 2 years old, your pediatrician will most likely want to see them every six months for wellness check ups. After your child turns 2 years old you should still bring them in once a year for a routine physical exam and preventive care. Along with checking your child’s vital signs and monitoring their height and weight your pediatrician will also check hearing, eyesight, respiration, cardiac activity and reflexes.
A physical exam will check all systems of your child’s body to make sure that everything is functioning properly. If your child’s doctor does detect a problem it can be treated immediately. Along with a physical exam your child will also undergo any additional screenings and vaccinations that are necessary for maintaining optimal health.
Furthermore, your pediatrician can also recommend workout routines and appropriate physical activity for your child based on their current health and lifestyle, as well as recommendations on diet, sleeping habits and even their emotional and behavioral health. Even if a pediatrician won’t be able to fully treat all conditions they can still refer your child to a specialist who will be able to handle a specific health problem or injury.
Once a child is old enough to go to school it’s also important that parents schedule their child’s sports physical so that they can participate in physical activity and school sports. An annual sports physical can detect past injuries and other problems that could affect your child’s ability to participate in certain activities.
These physical exams are often mandatory before a child can play school sports; however, even if it isn’t mandatory you should still bring your child in once a year for a comprehensive sports physical to make sure that they are healthy enough for certain physical activity.
Make sure your child is seeing their pediatrician regularly for care, not just when they are sick but also to ward away infections and other health problems. Schedule your child’s next physical exam today.
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!