A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Doctor’s Visits
Going somewhere with a young child can be challenging, so it’s understandable that you may want to schedule doctor’s appointments only when your child is genuinely ill. However, regular doctor visits are vital to ensure lifelong health and development, so it’s worth finding a way to make them happen.
What Is a Well-Child Visit?
A well-child visit is a checkup for healthy children. As a parent, you can use this appointment to talk to your child’s doctor and learn what to expect as your child reaches certain milestones. You can also ask your doctor questions about your child and their health.
How Often Do Children Go to the Doctor?
How often you schedule a well-child visit will depend on your child’s age. Once your child reaches age 3, you will schedule appointments annually.
How to Prepare for a Well-Child Visit
To prepare for a well-child visit, you will want to ensure you have all the required paperwork, including vaccination records. If your child is a newborn going in for their first pediatrician visit, you may need discharge papers from the hospital.
You can also involve your children by letting them know what to expect. If you are going to a well-child visit with an older child, you can help them create a list of questions they may want to ask so they feel comfortable talking to medical professionals.
What to Expect at a Children’s Doctors Visit
Generally, you can expect well-child visits to follow the same pattern regardless of your child’s age. Once the pediatrician completes the physical exam, they will:
- Check your child’s height and weight.
- Screen for issues with their vision and hearing.
- Assess their progress toward developmental milestones.
- Perform any necessary immunizations.
- Complete any applicable lab tests.
How to Choose a Pediatrician
When it comes to choosing the right pediatrician for your child, there are several factors you want to consider, like:
- The office location.
- If the OB-GYN recommended the pediatrician.
- The doctor’s credentials and experience.
- Initial thoughts after the first visit.
Questions to Ask During Your Child’s Doctor’s Visits
Writing down a few questions before your well-child visit can help you stay on top of your child’s health. Some questions to ask include:
- Is my child reaching the correct growth milestones?
- When does my child need vaccinations?
- How can I keep my child from getting sick?
Have Your Child Start a Healthy Habit Early With Hamilton Health Center
Hamilton Health Center is here to be your trusted partner in taking control of your child’s health. Our pediatric center is bilingual, and we will help your child feel comfortable as they build healthy habits. Schedule a pediatrician appointment today!