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Make the Time for A Well-Child Visit this Year

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The Importance of Annual Health Screenings for Children

By Tara Dontje, quality care coordinator at Network Health
Originally published on 8/13/2021 at 11:00 p.m.

Life is busy and as parents, we try our best to juggle it all. It may be tough to fit everything in at times, but well-child visits are something you don’t want to skip. Make the time to schedule these important appointments for your children.

These annual checkups are even more important with school right around the corner. Although this is a busy time of year, the hustle and bustle makes it a great time to add well-child visits to the calendar.

Why are well-child visits important?

Regular well-child visits are essential to maintain optimal physical, social and mental health for infants, children, and teens.

Unlike sick visits, where the focus is on diagnosing and treating, a well-child visit covers various health needs which are dependent on age. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the benefits of well-child visits include the following.

  • Prevention – Ensure immunizations are up to date to prevent illnesses and discuss topics like nutrition and safety
  • Tracking growth and development –Discuss your child’s milestones, social behaviors and learning
  • Raising concerns – Bring a list of topics to discuss with your child’s personal doctor such as development, behavior, sleeping habits, eating habits and/or social interaction with family and friends
  • Team approach – Well-child visits provide the opportunity for providers and parents to work together to meet the needs of children

Call your personal doctor to schedule your child’s well-child visit today and have a great school year.

For more information on how your Wisconsin-based health plan can help you and your family get the preventative care you need, contact us today.

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