When your mother said an apple a day keeps the doctor away, she had more insight into primary care medicine than you ever thought. Being prepared is key. One of the most beneficial things any parent can do is make sure their child has a yearly preventive health care visit. However, the next time you visit your health care provider, do not be shocked if a few more questions or even more blood work occurs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics released online today its new preventive health care recommendations for children. The report outlines evidence-based screenings and assessments that should be addressed at well-child visits.
Below are a few highlights and why they are so important:
These preventive screenings should not alarm you. Also, remember that during the visit, you may be asked to leave the room, not because your opinion is not valued, but it often allows your child to speak more freely about private issues. These questions and screens can seem odd or personal in nature, but they have your children's health at their core. Your health care provider will work with you and your child to provide them the best care possible.