How to Check Up on Your Child’s Health

Keeping your child healthy is important for their overall development, and that starts with regular checkups. Visiting a pediatrician, making an appointment with a dentist, and going to an optometrist are all key steps in keeping your child’s health on track. 

Let’s take a look at why these appointments are so important. 

Visit a Pediatrician 

It is recommended that children have regular visits to the pediatrician for routine checkups. These visits can help monitor growth and development, ensure immunizations are up-to-date, and identify any potential issues early on. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children be seen at least once each year from birth to age 3, and then twice per year after the age of 3. It’s also important to visit the pediatrician if your child experiences any sudden changes in behavior or physical health. 

Make a Dentist Appointment 

Regular trips to the dentist help detect potential dental problems early on. This means that you can take preventative measures before they become more serious issues down the road. It’s suggested that children visit the dentist twice per year for cleanings and exams starting at age 1 or when their first baby tooth erupts—whichever comes first. 

Early orthodontic interventions can correct bite issues before they become worse. Starting an orthodontic treatment plan earlier rather than later can save time and money in the long run by preventing more serious problems from developing down the road. 

Go to an Optometrist 

Children should have their first eye exam as soon as possible after birth — typically within 6 months — and again at age 3 years old or earlier if there are signs of vision problems such as crossed eyes or persistent tearing or redness in one eye only. After age 3, it is recommended that your child has their eyes checked every two years until they reach adulthood unless otherwise advised by their optometrist or ophthalmologist based on specific conditions such as the lazy eye (amblyopia).

Keeping your child healthy should be a top priority for all parents – regular checkups with a pediatrician, dentist, and optometrist are essential ways to ensure this happens! By booking routine appointments with these professionals you can guarantee that any potential issues will be caught early on so they don’t become worse over time. Remember—prevention is better than cure! Make sure you are scheduling these checkups regularly for your little one(s) so they stay happy and healthy!

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