From the time your child is born, their health and safety are your highest priorities. Making sure that they receive the necessary medical care at the proper times is important, but it can be hard to keep track of what is needed and when.
For this reason, many doctors recommend following a set wellness schedule for children to ensure that the child is reaching age-appropriate milestones, receiving necessary vaccinations and benefitting from proper medical support along the way.
At Fetter Health Care Network, we offer a variety of pediatric services, including general well-child visits. To find out more about our recommended wellness visit schedule for children, read on.
What Is a Well-Child Visit?
A child wellness visit refers to a complete physical for a growing child. Well-child visits consist of a number of things, depending on the child’s age.
Your pediatrician will perform a complete physical examination to make sure that the child is at an appropriate height and weight for their age. They will look for apparent signs of illness or malformation. Your child’s eyesight and hearing may be checked to make sure that there are no concerns.
At a well-child visit, the doctor will make sure that the child is adequately verbal for their age and that they do not show any signs of trauma or mental health concerns. The doctor may ask the child to perform basic acts, such as touching their toes or walking in a straight line. This helps to determine whether the child is meeting certain milestones for their age.
An important part of wellness visits is immunizations. Your pediatrician will administer any vaccinations or boosters that your child is due for at the time of their visit.
When Should My Child Have Wellness Visits?
As your child grows, it is important to get them the medical care they need at the proper times. Adhering to a wellness schedule will ensure that your child is in good general health, reaching age-appropriate milestones, and receiving all of their necessary immunizations.
It can be confusing to try to keep track of when your child should have a wellness visit. To make things simpler, here is the recommended schedule for well-child visits that you can follow:
- 2 weeks to 5 days after birth
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 24 months old
- 36 months old
- 3 years old
- 4 years old
After the age of 3, it is recommended that your child receive a general wellness visit once yearly to check their growth, behavioral development, and overall health.
Pediatric Services at Fetter Health Care Network
At Fetter Health Care Network, we offer a variety of pediatric services. Our team is committed to making sure that your child is in good health through their most formative years.
In addition to well-child visits, we provide preventive care, autism and ADHD screenings, asthma screenings, and sports physicals. To schedule a well-child visit or one of our other pediatric services, contact us today.