A Well baby check up is an opportunity to review your baby’s health and growth with his or her doctor and discuss any concerns that you may have.
Here’s what you need to know about them and how to be well prepared.
Well baby check ups are an important way to monitor your baby’s growth and development and check for serious problems. Your child will need wellness checkups at ages 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, 2 1/2 years, 3 years, 4 years and 5 years.
During these checkups, the pediatrician will assess your child’s physical and emotional development, give guidance and vaccinations,and do any required investigations.
With the social media high on rise parents these days are well aware of a lot of issues regarding children. But as the old saying goes, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” sometimes excessive googling is a source of anxiety for parents. Thats why well baby check ups are also a great time to talk with the health care provider about concerns or questions parents may have about their child’s behavior and development (physical, mental or social).
If your child does not reach a certain milestone for his age, don’t worry. Your health care provider can help you recognize signs if you think your child may have a developmental delay.
Well baby checkup at 3 to 7 days👶🤱
The pediatrician will examine your baby for a weight and color check.
This visit is usually missed by the parents and considered as an unnecessary hassle. Where as this is the most important one. Breastfeeding issues and Jaundice being top most reasons for concern. And also issues that you may not be able to pick being first time parents.
So, it is highly recommended that all babies who are first born, breastfeeding, or who are at an increased risk for jaundice be seen at 3 to 7 days of life.
The Benefits Of Well Child Visits:
Your child gets scheduled immunizations to prevent illness. You also can ask your pediatrician about nutrition and safety in the home and at school. Precautions to take when taking the child to school or public places.
TRACKING GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT:
You get to see how much your little one has grown in the time since your last visit, and discuss with the pediatrician about your child’s development. Your child’s milestones, social behaviors and learning capabilities can be discussed.
Your child’s pediatrician such as development, behavior, sleep, eating or getting along with other family members can be discussed. Make a list of topics that you want to talk about or prepare your top three to five questions or concerns so that you do not miss out.
Strong, trustworthy relationships among pediatrician, parent and child and regular visits help create this amiable environment
The American academy of Pediatrics recommends well baby visits as a way for pediatricians and parents to serve the needs of children. This team approach actually helps to develop optimal physical, mental and social health of a child.
Make sure that when you leave the doctors office all your queries have been answered, you have understood timings and dosage of any meds to be given, you are aware of any investigation to be done, you know when to schedule your baby’s next appointment — and how to reach the doctor in the meantime. You can always ask if the doctor or his clinic offers a help/information service in case if you have a query in the mean time. Knowing help is available when you need it can offer peace of mind.