Routine well-child visits allow your
child's doctor to keep a close eye on your child's general health and
development. You also can discuss any concerns you have at these appointments. It may help you to go with a
list of questions(What is a PDF document?).
The doctor typically
Measure your child's weight and height. These measurements are
plotted on a
growth chart to see how your child compares
to other children of the same age. This chart is updated at each routine exam to document the child's growth pattern. You can check your child's
body mass index (BMI) at home to estimate whether your
child is at a healthy weight for his or her height, age, and gender. To find
out your child's BMI, use this
Interactive Tool: What Is Your Child's BMI?
Routine screening tests for
hearing and vision take place during the preschool years. A
specialist may do formal tests if your child's screening results are poor or if
there are any developmental concerns at ages 2 to 5.
Mental and emotional health
will talk with both you and your child to get a sense of your child's mental,
emotional, and social development. Questions typically cover:
Whether any noticeable behavioral changes have occurred.
Your child's and family's general well-being. The doctor also
observes how you and your child interact.
How your child reacts to strangers.
How your child plays and interacts with peers.
Whether you have any concerns about issues such as
toilet training, preschool, or troubling
Your child's language, hearing, and social skills. The doctor
asks your child questions to briefly assess these and related
developmental issues. For example, the doctor may ask your child about his or
her favorite activities and the names of his or her friends.
In addition to the above assessments, doctors usually ask
questions specific to a child's age.
Caring for your child's teeth is also important for your child's health. Schedule regular visits every 6 months or as your dentist recommends.
For more information, see the topic Basic Dental Care.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 22, 2013
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