Regularly scheduled checkups, called well-child visits, play a vital role in your child’s healthy development. It’s easy to skip visits to the pediatrician if your child appears to be happy and healthy, but you might not see potential problems that are correctable when caught early.
Mercy’s board-certified pediatricians and nurse practitioners are trained to provide preventive care and health screenings while developing a trusting relationship with you and your child. At Mercy, pediatricians follow guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and they recommend children have regular well-child visits starting within the first weeks of life all the way to adulthood.
At the well-child visit your provider will work to catch health concerns before they become serious issues by:
Talk with all your child’s caregivers – teachers, grandparents, sitter – to see if they’ve noticed any issues you may not have.
Prepare a list of questions or concerns to bring up. With older children you can encourage them to do the same.
Bring up any worries you may have about your child’s health, no matter how insignificant they may seem.