Are those well visits really needed? Cliff James, MD2023-02-15T21:05:12+00:00
Yes! Maybe it’s easier to give you the reasons I think I need to see your child at their regularly scheduled visits.
- 3 Days: weight loss, jaundice, listening for a heart murmur, hip clicks/clunks, problems with eating, and answer all your questions
- 2 Weeks: Too much-lost weight from birth and have they gained that weight back. They are becoming deceptively cute right about now. Even the best parent can be challenged to know what weight their child needs to be and how much they should be eating.
- 1 Month: Good growth average, listening for weird heart sounds, notify parents of upcoming changes in eating patterns and stooling frequency.
- 2 Months: Shots. These are good things. Watch our videos and know that I personally take a big sigh of relief afterwards. Still checking the heart and growth averages.
- 4 Months: The heart of a newborn is a tricky thing. It’s good to check it more than you check your oil, the same problems can occur. Growing on average, Eyes crossing (normal before now shouldn’t be happening), noggin shape, strength of extremities and trunk.
- 6 Months: More heart listening, development of laughing, cooing, rolling and sitting up. Time to discuss baby proofing the house, it’s time. Time to talk about changing diet.
- 9 Months: Heart, growth, baby proofing reminder (no body wants a finger wagging) and general development.
- 1 Year: Heart, growth, development in crawling and walking. House not baby proofed, yet? Seriously… Get with it, just because you survived your youth doesn’t guarantee your kid’s longevity.
- 15 Months: Heart, development and safety. The terrible twos start to show up early. Their goal in life is to die.
- 18 Months: Heart, speech and safety. The kid is likely climbing the walls if you’re not interested in protecting the child, protect your house, lamps, stereo and anything else that’s not bolted down.
- 2 Years: Speech, autism check, safety, speech, speech, and more speech. Sanity check for the parents (it’s OK it happens to all of us)
- 2 ½ Years: Yeah, this one is dumb. My recommendation for this appointment is to go to the park and play.
- 3 years: Plans for kindergarten, find a good to the dentist, start swimming lessons
- 4 Years: Getting ready for kindergarten, swimming lessons
- 5 Years: Kindergarten!!!
- Every two years afterward: These are to make sure your child is growing well and doing well in school. If nothing else sit-back, listen and make sure everything is fine and dandy with your kid.
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