As a child grows and develops, especially during the early stages of life, it is best for healthcare providers to monitor their development through a series of regularly scheduled appointments. These are known as well-child visits.
Children are advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics to attend a well-child visit at the following ages:
Once the child reaches three years of age, it is recommended that they participate in a well-child visit once each year until they are 21 years old.
Your child gets scheduled immunizations to prevent illness. You also can ask your pediatrician about nutrition and safety in the home and at school.
See how much your child has grown in the time since your last visit, and talk with your doctor about your child's development. You can discuss your child's milestones, social behaviors and learning.
Make a list of topics you want to talk about with your child's provider such as development, behavior, sleep, eating or getting along with other family members. Bring your top three to five questions or concerns with you to discuss with your provider at the start of the visit.
Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among the provider, parent and child. The AAP recommends well-child visits as a way for providers and parents to serve the needs of children. This team approach helps develop optimal physical, mental and social health of a child.
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