How Often Should I Take My Child for a Well-Child Check?

How Often Should I Take My Child for a Well-Child Check?

You dress your kid in a winter coat to protect them from the cold and strap a helmet on their head before they ride their bike because you know that the old adage is true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. 

You’re committed to keeping your child safe and healthy, and so are we. Dr. Venkata Vallury and Dr. Visalakshi Vallury at Redwood Family Health Center in McKinney and Farmers Ranch, Texas, offer comprehensive newborn and pediatric care. Whether you have just one baby or several kids in your household, knowing when to schedule check-ups can be confusing. You may even be tempted to skip those appointments when your child feels fine and your calendar is crammed with other things to do. 

We understand. That’s why we've compiled this handy guide to remind you of the importance of well-child visits and give you an at-a-glance list, so you’ll always know when to schedule your child’s next appointment. 

Why well-child visits are important

It’s difficult to schedule doctor visits when your child is sick, so making room on your calendar for a well-child visit may seem like a low priority. However, if you look at it from a different perspective, you’ll see the logic. Well-child visits help prevent illnesses and injuries that may require more frequent appointments and cost more money.

Think of well-child visits as preventive care, just like a tune-up and oil change for your car. A little care upfront can help you avoid more serious problems down the road.

Your child’s visit looks a little different at every age and stage, but in general, you can expect the following:

During a well-child visit, we may detect issues you haven’t noticed, such as kidney problems, vision and hearing issues, and mental health disorders. Often, early treatment can resolve the condition before it progresses. 

Vaccines

One of the most important reasons to keep your well-child visits is to ensure your child stays up to date on their vaccines. When properly vaccinated against diseases, your child runs a much lower risk of contagious viruses, which can be life-threatening for young children.

We follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for vaccinations, which include the following immunizations for kids through age 6:

After age 7, we add a few more to protect your growing child and teen. The additional vaccines include human papillomavirus and meningococcal disease. 

Some vaccines require boosters, and some are to be given annually. Drs. Vallury let you know exactly when your child needs the next set of shots.

Well-child visit schedule

If this is your first baby, you may have a lot more questions than a parent with older kids, so your first few newborn visits may look a little different. We’re here to answer all your questions about handling your baby, bathing, feeding, diapering, and sleeping needs. 

We like to see all our newborn patients during the first and second months. Then, you can bring them in every other month until they are six months old. After that, you can space the appointments every three months until they reach a year and a half. Two and three-year-olds can see us every six months, and after that, you can plan on well visits once a year through adulthood. The schedule at a glance looks like this:

Copy and paste the schedule into your phone, so you always have it handy, or print it out and stick it on the fridge. Of course, these are only guidelines. If you ever have questions or concerns about your child’s health, don’t hesitate to call us or schedule a visit using our online booking tool. We’re here to help your whole family stay happy and healthy.

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