When it comes to your
children's health care,
do not kid yourself. Our sons and daughters at times seem to have boundless energy and endless reserves of good health to fall back on. But a fever and stomach cramps at two in the morning can quickly show a parent that even kids who seem to be able to plow through anything can sometimes be slowed down and sidelined.
Before any of that happens get the young ones checked out. Remember that regular well-child exams are an important part of keeping kids healthy and up to date on immunizations against many serious childhood diseases. Kids teach us early that it is best to nip problems in the bud.
Regular checkups also are a chance for you and the doctor to talk about developmental and safety issues, ask questions about diet and fitness and for you to get answers to any questions about your child's overall health. In this case children should be seen AND heard as they grow and can also ask the doctor their own questions about their health and changing body.
Routine medical care and checkups are vital for many reasons. It is important to catch illnesses as soon as possible, so children can get the appropriate treatment to cure them. Regular appointments also allow pediatricians and physicians to ensure that children are growing and developing appropriately, and in good health.
Regular visits to the doctor help to demystify medical processes. Taking kids to the doctor for both well-child as well as sick visits reinforces the idea that visiting the doctor is a necessary and important part of being (and staying) healthy.
Routine visits and checkups are used to vaccinate children
and to protect them from developing a host of serious diseases, as well.