Make the Most of Well-Child VisitsLast updated: Sep 11, 2017
A doctor’s office isn’t just a place to go when your child is sick or injured. It’s just as important to see the doctor when your child is feeling well. Regular checkups, also known as well visits, help make sure your kid is healthy and growing like he or she should be. Your child may also get vaccines and screenings during these visits.
Maximize your time
Here are some ways to make the most of your visits:
- See the same doctor. This is a big one—your child gets better, more consistent care when you develop a relationship with your child’s doctor. This gives you a chance to get to know your doctor, and for your doctor to get to know your child.
- Make a list. Before your child’s appointment, write down any questions you have. Bring the list with you. Also bring a list of medicines your child takes.
- Think beyond health. Feel free to talk with the doctor about anything related to your child’s development or behavior. This might include sleeping, eating, potty training, social skills and more. Of course, you can also ask health questions.
- Ask others. Talk with anyone who takes care of your child, such as a grandparent or caregiver at daycare. They may notice something about your child you haven’t seen before that you may want to talk about with the doctor.
Children’s doctors are experts in kids’ health. You’re the expert on your child. Together you can make sure your kid is growing up healthy and strong. It also helps your doctor find any problems earlier because he or she will know what’s normal for your child and what’s not.
The end of summer is a popular time for well-child visits. But if your kid is due for a yearly exam, there’s no need to wait. Call your child’s doctor today. You may have more choices for appointments and your doctor may be less rushed than during the busy back-to-school time. If you need help making an appointment or finding a doctor, please call us.