The Benefits of Well-Child Visits
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are many benefits to wellness visits with your pediatrician.
- Prevention: Your child gets scheduled immunizations to prevent illness. You can also ask your pediatrician about nutrition and safety in the home and at school.
- Tracking growth and development: 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.
- Raising concerns: Make a list of topics you want to talk about with your child's pediatrician 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 talk with your pediatrician at the start of the visit.
- Team approach: Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among pediatrician, parent, and child. The AAP recommends well-child visits as a way for pediatricians and parents to serve the needs of children. This team approach helps develop optimal physical, mental, and social health of a child.