Some of the most important doctor's visits children have aren't when they're sick or injured. Care when children are healthy—preventative care—not only helps them stay that way, but also helps prevent health issues such as obesity and diabetes, that can affect them when they're adults.
Regular checkups, also known as well-child visits, are when your child receives the preventative care he or she needs. Children grow and change quickly. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a schedule of frequent well-child visits during your child's first three years and once a year from ages 4 to 18. Scheduling well-child visits helps catch and treat health problems early if they develop. During these visits, your child's doctor will:
- Perform a physical exam, including screenings for vision, hearing and health issues like obesity
- Give your child any needed immunizations
- Track how your child is growing and developing
- Talk with you about diet and exercise, preventing illness, and health and safety issues
Immunizations help protect your child from serious and life-threatening diseases. From birth until age 18, your child will need many different vaccinations. Your doctor will talk with you about what each immunization protects against and when they should be given.
Well-child visits are important for parents, too. They give you a chance to talk one-on-one with the doctor, ask questions and talk about concerns you may have.
Why Temple Health?
At Temple Health, we want to see your child grow up healthy as much as you do. That's why we're a partner you can count on to help you keep your child healthy and get them healthy when they're not. You have a team of doctors and nurses who specialize in caring for children on your side, focused on providing personalized care based on your child and family's needs.