Ensuring your child's good health with wellness visits

Wellness visits are an essential part of your adolescent child's health.  They provide the foundation for promoting a healthy lifestyle and preventing infectious diseases. What's more, wellness visits are FREE*.

Why are wellness visits important for your child's overall health? Well-care visits are valuable in helping to identify adolescent health issues before they become serious.

 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the benefits are as follows:

  • Prevention. Your child gets scheduled immunizations to prevent illness. You also can ask your pediatrician about nutrition and safety in the home and at school.

  • Tracking growth and development. See how much your child has grown in the time since your last visit, and talk with your doctor about your child's development. You can discuss your child's milestones, social behaviors and learning.

  • Raising concerns. Make a list of topics you want to talk about with your child's pediatrician such as development, behavior, sleep, eating or getting along with other family members. Bring your top three to five questions or concerns with you to talk with your pediatrician at the start of the visit.

  • Team approach. Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among pediatrician, parent and child. The AAP recommends well-child visits as a way for pediatricians and parents to serve the needs of children. This team approach helps develop optimal physical, mental and social health of a child.

Want to know more about the preventive care that your child needs?  Start here.

*Disclaimer: Coverage for WHA services depends on eligibility at the time of service.


Resources:

 
Body and Mind - cdc.gov/bam
The Cool Spot
Girl's Health
Kid's health-for teens

 

Last review date: February 10, 2017

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