Whether you’re a first-time parent or already have little ones at home, it’s important to ensure your bundle of joy stays happy and healthy. Considering the earliest years of a child’s life are crucial to their development, routine well checkups are the key to monitoring their health. From the time your child is born through their teenage years, you can take them to Chai Urgent Care, where we offer well-child visit services at each of our convenient locations in NJ & NY.
What are pediatric well visits?
Pediatric well visits are much like checkups but have an added focus on growth and development. Physical examinations allow the doctor to record and monitor your child’s height, weight, temperature, and more. They may even look at your child’s body mass index (BMI) for early signs of obesity. These exams may also involve screening tests, such as hearing and vision, as well as checks on reflexes.
Depending on their age, your child may also be ready to receive important immunizations during their well visit. From polio and tetanus to hepatitis A and B, there are several immunizations that enhance their immune system’s ability to fight disease.
Why are these visits important?
Many parents think that if their child seems healthy, there’s no reason to visit the doctor. But even if your little one appears to be in perfect health, well visits focus on their overall development. Analyzing their condition allows doctors to compare your child’s development to common milestones. This way, they can see the areas where your child is ahead and behind, and you can be more attentive to their needs. Plus, you’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing a doctor has taken a closer look.
Aside from the examination aspect, well visits present an opportunity for parents to speak with a medical professional about any concerns they may have. From sleep issues to nutrition advice, well-child visits help you understand the best ways to care for your child from birth up until adulthood.
How often should my child receive a well checkup?
To keep track of your child’s physical and intellectual growth, it’s important to schedule well visits regularly. In general, parents should make an appointment for their newborns no later than two weeks after birth. This initial visit is important because you’re sure to have a lot of questions, and doctors will want to check for any abnormalities right away. After the initial well visit, you should schedule follow-up appointments at the following ages:
- After one month
- After two months
- After four months
- After six months
- After nine months
- After 12 months
- After 15 months
- After 18 months
- After two years
- After 2.5 years
- After three years
- Once a year until adulthood
Why should I choose Chai Urgent Care?
The Chai Urgent Care team is equipped for regular well visits, as well as pediatric urgent care, meaning you can trust us to provide your child with only the best medical attention. Whether you’d like to come in for a well-child visit or need us in an emergency, you can visit any of our convenient locations in New York and New Jersey seven days per week. For more information, contact us today.