A well child examination, also known as a routine physical or medical check-up, is recommended for children of all ages. It is an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about a child's development and health.
Questions a parent may want to ask the doctor during a well visit may include some of the following:
- Toilet training methods
- Sleep patterns
- Socialization issues
- Learning problems
- Family problems
- Concerns about puberty
- Behavioral issues
By sharing concerns with the pediatrician and working to resolve any problems a parent may have, helps to establish a trusting relationship that will continue for a long time.
Preparing for the Visit
In order to get the information from the pediatrician, some of the following suggestions may be helpful:
- Write down questions
- Read books and pamphlets about issues the child may have
- Research medical websites
- Get a list of caregiver's concerns
During the Visit
During a routine physical, the doctor will perform a complete physical examination to monitor growth and development as well as detect any changes or abnormalities. Immunizations may be administered as well.
Some of the following may be conducted:
- An assessment of the child's growth and development
- Physical examination
- Immunization update
- Blood test
- Blood pressure
- Respiration rate
A schedule for routine well-care visits will be provided based on the child's age and condition.