The Importance of Well Child Visits in the First Year of Life

Nothing is more important to you than the health and wellbeing of your child. With that in mind, it is important to make sure you keep all of the well child visits for your infant during the first year of life. There are many well child checkups in the first two years, then they will lessen in frequency. These months are important to your child’s development and overall health.

Vaccinations

Your child will get many vaccinations during their well child visits, particularly within the first year of life. Many vaccinations are not approved for very young infants and children. As your child ages, more vaccinations are necessary. In addition, several vaccinations require more than one dose. Keeping your child up to date on vaccinations is vitally important to their welfare. With so many illnesses, particularly measles, making a reappearance, it is important to keep your child protected.

Growth

Your child will do more growing in weight and length during the first year than at any other point in their lives. It is important to have their height and weight checked often to make sure that their growth is on target. There are several medical conditions that could exist that could stunt your child’s growth. The sooner these are discovered, the easier they are to treat.

Development

Your pediatrician will also talk with you about your child’s development at each well child visit. Your child will learn a vast amount of information and skills in the first year of life. It is important to make sure that their development is on target. Slowed or delayed development could be signs of medical conditions that could affect your child’s entire life. The sooner these are discovered, the better you can plan for their care.

If you are going to be having a new baby soon, or if you already have a new infant, it is important to schedule an appointment with us today for information about how you can protect your child through well child visits.