As a parent, you’ll want to have your child live a happy, healthy, and productive life. However, you just can’t bring this goal to fruition without teaming up with the person responsible for their health care: their pediatrician.
Partnering with your pediatrician means you don’t see them only when your child is sick: you see them regularly, even when your child is healthy and well—through routine well-child visits.
Below, we’ve outlined the specific reasons why it is extremely important to schedule routine well-child visits with your pediatrician.
Helps Catch Emerging Health Problems
Well-child visits are a time when your pediatrician carries out physical exams and health screenings, administers the required vaccines based on your child’s specific age group, and makes the necessary nutritional and lifestyle recommendations to ensure your child’s optimal health and well-being. Health screenings and assessments are an invaluable tool that enables your pediatrician to catch any emerging health problems and treat them before they lead to potentially serious complications.
Allows for Efficient Monitoring of Your Child’s Growth and Development
Well-child visits also help your pediatrician to track your child’s growth and development and compare the data from your last visit to assess for any delays. Grab this opportunity to talk to your pediatrician about your child’s emotional, cognitive, and social developmental milestones.
Helps Build a Trusting Relationship with Your Pediatrician
Parenting is undeniably tough. Well-child visits essentially allow you to build the groundwork for a trusting relationship between you and your pediatrician, who will guide and support you through many crucial decisions about your child’s health care through the next 18 to 21 years.
Allows Adolescents to Express Their Emotional Concerns
If you have an adolescent child, well-child visits provide a platform for them to express their emotional concerns, which they may not find comfortable confiding in you. Pediatricians are adept at finding or creating opportunities to engage adolescents in meaningful conversations, empowering them to talk openly about anything that concerns them.
Regular well-child visits help your teen to also build a trusting relationship with their pediatrician. Through such relationship, your child can develop greater autonomy and responsibility to take charge of their own health care as they navigate their adolescent years.
Well-Child Exams in Spring and The Woodlands, TX
Here at Northwoods Pediatric Center, we are happy to abide by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ comprehensive guidelines for well-child care—staying true to our profound commitment to promoting and improving the health and well-being of the children in our communities. Through well-child visits, we work closely with parents, so that, together, we can lay a solid foundation for their children to thrive physically, mentally, socially, and academically.
To learn more about our healthcare services or to see one of our pediatricians for a well-child exam, contact our staff at (281) 296-7770. You may also use this appointment request form, and expect a call from us to confirm your visit.