Well child visits are one of the most important aspects of your child’s medical care. It is a time to assess your child’s behavior, growth, and development. Furthermore, it is a time of vaccinations to ensure that you fully protect your child from many of the diseases that have significantly diminished by the effects of vaccination. These valuable interactions with your health care provider help your child build a relationship with the doctor, and allows the doctor to learn about you and your child. It is also helpful to make a list of questions to ask your health care provider so that you can maximize your time together, and to ensure no important material is forgotten. The well child visit is composed of the following based on the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics:
Prevention includes routine vaccinations as well safety precautions in the home and at play, optimal nutrition, and environmental concerns.
Length, weight, and head circumference will be measured and plotted on a growth chart according to your baby’s age and sex. Also assessed is history of any illness, sensory screening, behavioral assessment, and planned procedures such as lab tests and other screening tools.