Well-child exams form the foundation of your child’s health care and are among the most important interactions a child has with medical professionals. At Dr. Soos Pediatrics in Dublin, Georgia, Gyula Soos, MD, FAAP, and the team offer outstanding well-child exams to kids from birth through adolescence. If your child is overdue for a well-child visit, or if you’re searching for a new pediatric home, schedule a visit online or by phone today to meet the team and learn more about what makes Dr. Soos Pediatrics such a special place.
A well-child exam centers on assessing your child’s health and development. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests frequent well-child visits during the first two years of life. From that point forward, you probably only need to schedule these visits once a year unless an issue arises.
Each visit begins with a discussion about your child’s health and any areas of concern. When your child is young, this portion of the exam mostly involves you and your practitioner, but as your child grows, an effort is made to include them in these discussions.
A physical exam follows. Some of the areas your Dr. Soos Pediatrics practitioner evaluates include:
Your child’s vital signs, height, and weight are measured and included in their medical record. Over time, this record is an invaluable resource for checking developmental patterns and changes in health or wellness.
Your practitioner also checks your child’s immunization record during well-child exams and can provide any necessary vaccinations during the visit.
Parents have a great deal of influence on how their children perceive health care and interactions with medical professionals. Think about the language you use to discuss health care. Even something as small as talking about “having” to go to the doctor instead of “getting” to visit the doctor can affect how your child views these visits.
If your little one has a degree of anxiety about coming in for a well-child visit, there are numerous children’s books that focus on lessening these anxieties. You might also consider bringing your child along during one of your routine exams so they can see there’s nothing to fear.
Well-child exams allow your Dr. Soos Pediatrics practitioner to check for signs of illness or developmental delays. They’re also your opportunity to ask questions or express concerns you have. Your practitioner can discuss issues like sleep disruptions, nutrition, breastfeeding, discipline, or behavioral concerns during visits.
Perhaps just as important, well-child visits allow your little one to build a trusting relationship with their provider. Only bringing your child when they are sick or injured sets a negative tone, which can lead to a lifetime of negative associations with health care and health care providers.
If you’re searching for an outstanding pediatrics practice for your family, schedule a time to come in and meet the Dr. Soos Pediatrics team. You’ll learn more about the practice and the resources available to you. Booking takes just moments online or by phone, so don’t delay.