Pediatric Physical Examinations are one of the main components of Well Child Appointments and one of the top sources for preventive health care. During a physical exam, your physician will study your child’s growth and development. For some parents, these appointments are reassurance of their child’s wellbeing, and for others it is a precautionary measure. Regular physical exams help doctors identify health risks before they become a more serious condition.
Frequency of pediatric physicals vary with your child’s age. Your baby’s first check-up should be when he or she is two weeks old and then again at two, four, six, nine, twelve, fifteen and eighteen months. Regular doctor’s visits are recommended at the age twenty four months, thirty months and three years. Following age three, The Longstreet Clinic, P.C. recommends that doctor’s visits occur annually. Those with ongoing medical conditions that need to be monitored may require more frequent visits.
Regularity of doctor’s visits and the type of screenings performed can also be influenced by family history and lifestyle choices. Routine physicals are beneficial as they provide a time to ask questions and express concerns. This is also a time to present any existing illnesses or abnormalities you may be experiencing.
Your pediatrician will review your family history to check for potential troublesome areas. They will also review your immunization status to ensure you are current on vaccinations and conduct screenings for possible health risks.
During screenings, physicians are able to uncover symptoms of potential health conditions.
Regular visits with your child’s pediatrician are valuable for developing a doctor and patient relationship. You will not only learn to trust your child’s doctor through routine visits but you will also provide them a better opportunity to organize a plan for more personalized care. Keeping current with physical examinations is also beneficial as it may be a requirement for the school where your child is enrolled, for any sports they play or camps they plan to attend. To schedule a physical exam with one of the qualified pediatricians at The Longstreet Clinic, P.C., please contact us today.