There are a few health checkups that children should never miss, regardless of how healthy they seem. These checkups can help detect serious health problems early on when they’re more easily treatable.
So Be Sure To Schedule These Important Appointments For Your Child:
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1. Newborn screenings
All newborns should have a few tests done within their first few days of life, including a hearing test and blood tests to check for certain genetic disorders. These conditions can be treated if detected early, so it’s important not to skip these screenings.
2. Developmental milestones
During well-child visits, your child’s doctor will track their development and growth. This is important to make sure that your child is hitting all the milestones they should be on schedule. If there are any delays, your doctor can help you get resources and treatment to help your child catch up.
Immunizations are one of the best ways to protect your child from serious diseases. Make sure your child is up-to-date on all their vaccinations, and don’t skip any doses.
4. Vision and hearing screenings
If you notice that your child is having trouble seeing or hearing, be sure to bring them in for a screening. These problems can impact your child’s development and learning, so it’s important to get them checked out as soon as possible.
5. Mental health screenings
Mental health is just as important as physical health, so make sure your child has a regular mental health checkup. This can help identify any problems early on so that your child can get the help they need.
6. Dental checkups
Good oral health is important for overall health, so be sure to take your child for regular dental checkups at your local dentist. These appointments will help ensure that your child’s teeth are healthy and that they’re using proper dental hygiene habits.
7. Nutrition checkups
A healthy diet is important for all children, but especially for those who are growing. During regular checkups, your child’s doctor can assess their diet and make sure they’re getting the nutrients they need. If there are any concerns, they can help you make changes to ensure your child is getting all the nourishment they need.
8. Well-child visits
Every year, children should have a well-child visit with their pediatrician. This is an opportunity to review your child’s development, growth, and general health. The doctor will also provide any recommended immunizations at this visit.
9. Anemia screenings:
Anemia is a blood disorder that can cause fatigue and other problems. Children at risk for anemia (such as those with certain medical conditions or who are very premature) should be screened periodically.
10. Thyroid screenings:
Children with certain risk factors (such as a family history of thyroid disease) may need to have their thyroid checked periodically. This can usually be done with a simple blood test.
No matter what, it’s important to keep up with your child’s health and make sure they’re getting the checkups they need. By doing so, you can help ensure that they stay healthy and catch any potential problems early on.
This is a contributed post.