Why Well Child Visits are Important

One of the most important functions of well child visits is to help prevent illness, so your child can enjoy good health. Drs. Jeff Couchman, Susan McMahon, and Nicole Abdy at Mesquite Pediatrics in Tucson, AZ, provide a wide range of children’s medical services, including well child visits. 

What You Need to Know about Well Child Visits 

Well child visits with the pediatrician begin early, usually within 2 to 5 days of birth. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your child should have well child visits again at 2 weeks, followed by visits at 1,2,4,6,9,15, and 18 months, and then again at 2 years old. 

To learn more about child healthcare recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, you can view or print an informative guide, by clicking here. 

Let’s look at just a few of the reasons why well child visits are important. Consider that during a well-child visit, your pediatrician will: 

  • Gather and record information including height, weight, and other essential information
  • Perform a comprehensive physical examination to check for injuries, illness, or other conditions  
  • Order any lab work or imaging studies necessary to evaluate your child’s overall health 
  • Answer any questions or concerns you have about your child’s sleeping, eating, or behavioral issues 
  • Provide immunizations to protect your child against flu, meningitis, hepatitis, mumps, measles, and more 

For more information about the current immunization schedule from the Centers for Disease Control, please click here. 

During a well child visit, your pediatrician may also evaluate your child for disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. 

Want to Know More? 

To find out more about why well child visits are important and how they can safeguard your child’s health, call Drs. Couchman, McMahon, and Abdy at Mesquite Pediatrics in Tucson, AZ. You can reach them in the office by calling (520) 648-5437, so call today.

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