Pediatric Well Care Checkups
The first years of your child’s life are very important. The physical and social health of your child will often show their readiness for school. As such, routine checkups are essential to a child’s health.
Family First Pediatrics provides these wellness checkups for parents and their children in the Riverton and South Jordan Utah areas. Read on for more information on why these checkups are vital and how to schedule one for your child.
What are Pediatric Checkups?
Pediatric checkups are regularly scheduled times for your pediatrician to check on the health and wellness of your newborn, infant, toddler, and then child.
The goal is to assess your child’s emotional and physical development, as well as check for infection, provide immunizations, and provide direction to parents with their child’s health. It also provides an opportunity for you to ask your doctor about any concerns you may have.
These checkups are best done on a regular schedule. Most doctors recommend the following schedule for well care visits:
- 2 weeks old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 2 years old
- 2.5 years old
- 3 years old
- 4 years old
- 5 years old
At this point, you can consult with your doctor about annual exams for your child until they’re adults. Following this schedule is important, as it allows your doctor to track every step in your child’s development and keep their health a high priority.
Why Are Pediatric Checkups Important?
When you see just how many checkups are recommended by doctors, it’s easy to wonder whether all that effort is worth it. The answer is a resounding “yes”.
These visits have a wide variety of benefits, including:
Prevent Illness and Disease
Regular checkups and scheduled immunizations will help prevent diseases and can minimize instances of recurring ear, nose, or throat infections. It also provides an opportunity for you and your doctor to assess your child’s nutrition and ensure they’re getting everything they need.
Keep Track of Development
You see your child every day, and that insight into your child’s growth and development is important for your doctor to keep up with. Discussing milestones, learning, and behaviors with your doctor is essential in a child’s first few years of life.
Receive Advice From Your Doctor
Throughout your days as a parent, you may notice small things about your child’s health that don’t seem “normal” to you. Even though they may be perfectly normal, aspects of your child’s eating, sleeping, social interactions, and much else can cause you concern. Noting these instances and discussing them with your doctor can help you know what to do.
Build a Team For Your Child’s Health
Consistent checkups help create a positive, trust-built team between your family and your doctor. This helps your child enjoy doctors visits and not see them as a “just when you’re sick” requirement. A positive approach to health like this can last a lifetime with far-reaching benefits.
How Families First Pediatrics Can Help — What to Expect
Family First Pediatrics has a devoted team with years of experience working with children and helping parents provide a solid, healthy foundation for their lives.
We understand that getting started with a new pediatrician — or with a new child! — can be stressful. That’s why we want to make sure you know what to expect during your first visit, then every check up thereafter.
Expect the following recommendations and examinations during our check-ups:
- The height, weight, and BMI (body mass index)
- Sleep habits and patterns
- Overall nutrition
- Physical and social development progress
- Development of Cognitive and Academic abilities
- Related social and family medical history
- A full physical examination
- Vision and Hearing tests
- Health recommendations for prevention
You can also take this time to ask a doctor or nurse about any questions or concerns you may have. We’re always happy to take a moment to help the families that trust us with their children’s health.
For more common questions, check our FAQs below.
FAQs – Pediatric Well Care Checkups for Kids in Utah
How often are well child checkups?
Well child checkups vary depending on your child’s age. After a two week checkup, we recommend seeing a pediatrician every two months until they’re 6 months old. From there, schedule visits every three months until they are two years of age. At that time, you can begin annual visits.
Do kids really need more than an annual checkup?
When parents see the recommended visit schedule, they often ask if it’s really necessary to see a doctor that often. We recommend keeping this schedule for the benefits outlined above, although it’s understandable that challenges to arise when trying to meet it 100%. Work with your doctor to provide customized care in these cases.
When should you bring a newborn to a doctor?
Once you get home from the hospital with a newborn, you may wonder how quickly you need to go back to the doctor’s office. After all — you may have spent a few days at the hospital due to complications (or just in case). Even so, we recommend making sure you still schedule a 2 week checkup just to keep everything on track.
Should I see a pediatrician or a family doctor?
Pediatricians and family doctors can effectively provide the same regimen of care for an infant or toddler, with a few notable differences. Family doctors provide care to individuals of all ages, while pediatricians specialize in the health and care of children. While both can provide care, we recommend finding a pediatrician as they will be familiar with your child’s needs as they develop.
What do I do if my child is sick?
Many pediatricians offer same-day walk-in appointments for sick children, similar to an Urgent Care for adults. If you’re able to bring your child in for an appointment, we recommend doing so.
If your child is in need of severe care, take them to the emergency room for immediate assistance.
What if I need some of my child’s records?
Schools, daycare, and other childcare options often require updated information on immunizations and your child’s health. For information on how to receive these records for your child, call us to find out more.
Can I call for advice on my sick child?
We’re always happy to provide medical advice, but over-the-phone interactions will likely be limited as we cannot fully assess your child. If you’re in need of basic advice on their care, or need a second opinion on whether you should visit a doctor, we would love to speak with you.