To help children and teens grow into healthy adults, it’s important that they receive regular check-ups. Health care providers use the visits to screen for medical and developmental issues. The check-ups also provide a great opportunity for parents and children to build a relationship with their pediatric or family medicine providers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children see their doctor at least once a year. As children grow, it is crucial that a pediatrician monitor their overall health and how they are developing. This enables doctors to detect health concerns before they worsen or your child requires a trip to the emergency room.
Many kids may need a physical before they can go back to school or participate in sports. A physical exam fulfills the same need as an annual check-up. Depending on your child’s age and medical history, these appointments may include physical, eye, hearing and dental exams as well as lab tests. They are also a perfect occasion to make sure your child is up-to-date with all recommended immunizations.
Often times, we only see children when they are sick, but it is also important for us to see them when they are healthy. Prevention is much better than cure!
Dr. Douglas Colina is a general practitioner with 30 years of experience in treating adults and children at Bellaire International Clinic.