Regular check-ups are the best way to ensure that your child is growing up healthy and strong. If you are about to welcome a newborn, it is advisable to start your research to find a pediatrician before the baby arrives. As new parents you will need to make multiple visits to the pediatrician for the first two years for immunizations, well-baby visits, conducting physical examinations to chart developmental milestones and many other reasons.
Within the first few years of life, your child’s development is rapid and these check-ups allow our pediatrician to spot problems or developmental delays early. These check-ups are also focused on preventive care, which means providing your child with vaccines and screenings early on to prevent health problems in the future.
Baby checks are performed at 2 weeks; 6 weeks; 12 weeks; 6 months; 9 months and 1 year of age. Child health checks are performed at 18 months and 2 years. Thereafter, an annual check is suggested until your child goes to school.
What to Expect During the Check-ups?
- Your child will be weighed and measured and his/her growth will be discussed with you.
- Your child’s development will be checked against age appropriate milestones.
- Your child’s doctor will carry out a general examination. These check-ups also give you a chance to ask questions about the development issues or behavioral problems that you would have noticed in your baby. The pediatrician can provide an apt solution for your concerns.
Immunizations are truly one of the best and most effective ways to keep your child healthy and free from potentially dangerous diseases such as measles, polio, and hepatitis B. Regular-check-ups are also important for your child so that they do not miss out any important vaccine that needs to be administered at specific time.