Routine checkups (usually once a year) 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. Routine dental care is important for your child too.
Q: My 7-year-old son likes to swallow his bubblegum. I’ve heard that
it will stay in his stomach forever. True?
A: This old wives’ tale is very popular on the playground, but it’s
"It is true that most of the components of bubblegum are not found in
nature," says Robynne Chutkan, MD, a gastroenterologist and assistant professor
of medicine at Georgetown University. "And as such we don’t have the enzymes to
break them down. But eventually gum does get through the intestine...
with your child. For example, the doctor may ask about his or her friends,
favorite activities, and most interesting school subjects. From this
conversation, the doctor will briefly assess your child's language skills and
hearing and also perhaps his or her social skills and other developmental
Observes how you and your child interact, to assess
emotional and social development. The doctor will ask you questions about your
child's behavior, school performance, how your child handles difficulties, and
what activities your child is involved in, among others.
Routine checkups are a good time for you to ask about what
to expect. Ask your doctor about your child's health, growth, development, or
behavior. It may help you to go to your child's checkup with a prepared
list of questions(What is a PDF document?).
Sometimes it may be appropriate to have your child spend part of the
visit alone with the doctor. This can give your child a chance to talk about
issues that he or she has difficulty discussing with the doctor if you are present.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 09, 2013
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