Getting Regular Check-ups
These check-ups are also important for parents, as it gives them a chance to ask questions they may have about their child’s sleeping and eating habits, or other behaviors their child may be displaying. During your child’s regular pediatric checkups, your doctor will check your child’s height, weight, vision, and hearing. These visits begin within the first five days after birth and will continue at:
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 24 months old
- 30 months old
- 3 years old
Looking for a pediatrician? Need to schedule your child’s next check-ups? Our pediatric team is here to address any questions and concerns you may have. From immunizations to sports injuries, we handle it all.
A pediatrician is an integral part of keeping your child healthy and safe while participating in sports. They can answer your questions and address any concerns you may have, as well as recommend certain conditioning and training exercises that can help with injury prevention. Your child should also be wearing the appropriate protective gear including a helmet when playing sports.
Your child should visit a pediatrician right away if you suspect that they have a broken bone, dislocation, concussion, or if they are dealing with severe pain or swelling. If your child is unable to walk or put weight on the affected leg, this is also a sign to see a pediatrician as soon as possible. The sooner sports injuries are addressed and properly treated the better.
So, your child’s teeth just started to come in. We know that this can be an exciting milestone for parents. Of course, this also means considering your child’s oral health. Just as you brush and floss your teeth every day, you will now need to begin brushing your child’s teeth. While the techniques and practices will be a bit different and probably less time-consuming (seeing as your child probably only has one or two teeth at the moment), here are some tips for how to brush your child’s teeth properly,
- Even before your child’s teeth start to erupt it’s important to keep their gums healthy and clean by wiping them with a soft, damp cloth after each feeding and right before bedtime. Your child will get their first tooth between 6-14 months.
- Yes, even children’s teeth can develop decay. As soon as the tooth is formed it can develop decay, so it’s important that you start brushing it as soon as you see it.
- Purchase a child-sized toothbrush from your local drugstore and wet the soft-bristled toothbrush with water to brush your child’s tooth or teeth (at this point you don’t need toothpaste).
- Your child won’t start needing toothpaste until they are 2 years old. From 2-3 years old your child only needs toothpaste the size of a grain of rice in order to clean their teeth. After 3 years old, you can upgrade to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
- Just as you do for your own teeth, you should also brush your child’s teeth twice a day (once in the morning and again at night right before going to bed).
- Use soft, circular motions when brushing the teeth and the gums. Again, just as you do your own teeth, you should brush for a minimum of two minutes. Don’t forget to brush their tongue and roof of their mouth, too.
- We know that your child may not fully understand the brushing process, so it’s a good idea to tell them what you are doing and the importance of brushing their teeth. Even though they can’t brush their own teeth yet it’s still great to show them how to brush so that when it’s time to start brushing their own teeth they understand how to do it.
- Most children can start brushing their teeth around 7-8 years old, but still need to be supervised by an adult until around 10-11 years old.
Have questions about caring for your baby’s developing smile? Keeping your child’s smile healthy is so important for their development and practicing good oral hygiene at home will ensure that your child’s smile stays healthy.
Naturally, children require more wellness visits when they’re younger since childhood is marked by a period of rapid changes and growth. Each wellness checkup entails a thorough physical examination performed by your pediatrician here at Southwest Children’s Clinic in West Jordan, UT.
During the exam, your West Jordan UT pediatrician assesses your child's development and growth to identify and/or prevent any issues. Vision, hearing, and other screening exams are part of these checkups.
What to Expect During a Child Wellness Checkup
Even for healthy children, wellness checkups are an excellent time to pay ample attention to their wellness. During these checkups, you can speak freely with your West Jordan Ut pediatrician about ways to prevent issues and improve care to keep your children healthy.
You can discuss things like your children’s sleep patterns, behavior, safety, eating habits, any illnesses, and what you can expect as your kids grow. Make sure to write down specific concerns and questions so that you won’t forget to bring them up during your discussion with your pediatrician. You’ll also discuss wellness topics including school, your children’s emotional health, and family relationships.
Your West Jordan UT pediatrician will likewise pay attention to your children’s development compared to standard developmental milestones. Your children’s head circumference, weight, and height are recorded for future comparisons. You’ll also learn about your child's BMI or body mass index curve, which is a crucial tool for preventing and identifying childhood obesity.
The Well-Child Checkup Schedule
Once your child is born, the succeeding visit will be about two to three days or a week after you’ve brought your baby home. Following this visit, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that wellness checkups occur:
- Every two to three months following birth until two years
- Every six months after age two
- Annually from age three until 21 years old
Your West Jordan UT pediatrician might have you skip or add extra visits depending on the health of your child. Take note though that you should consult with your pediatrician any time your child appears ill or presents concerning symptoms.
Also, you should consider visiting a pediatrician even before your child is born if:
- You have a high-risk pregnancy
- You’re a first-time parent
- You have any issues or questions about general child health problems, feeding, newborn care, and circumcision among others.
For More Details on Children Wellness Checkups, Reach Out to Us
Book a consultation with your pediatrician here at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, by dialing (801) 563-1975.
- At birth: this is performed right away on your child, as part of the newborn physical assessment.
- 6 months: your pediatrician evaluates your child’s eyes at their regular appointment.
- 3.5 years old: at your child’s appointment, the pediatrician tests their eyes and also their visual acuity.
- 5 years old: a standard assessment performed at a pediatric appointment.
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