Preventive Care:Child Physical Exam

Overview

As a parent, you know how quickly kids grow and change! Just remember what your child was like last year – or even last month. That's why a child physical exam, or well-child visit, is an important part of taking care of your children's health. You want to make sure all those changes are happening when and how they should. You can also ask questions and get advice and reassurance. It's important to meet with your child's pediatrician to ensure proper health across each of the stages of child development:

  • Infancy (0-1 year)
  • Toddler (1-3 years)
  • Preschool (3-5 years)
  • School-age (6-12 years)
  • Adolescent (12+ years)

What to Expect

Children grow and develop a lot in their first few years, so they need frequent well-child visits. From birth to age 2, your pediatrician will probably want to see your child at least once every 6 months. After that, most doctors suggest children's preventive care screenings at least once a year. But you'll want to talk with your doctor about what's right for your family.

During a pediatric exam, your doctor will record your child's height and weight. They'll also ask about your child's:

  • Appetite
  • Communication skills
  • Living environment
  • Physical activity
  • Sleep patterns
  • Social and emotional development
  • Behavioral health

Your pediatrician will also check for potential problems and treat them early on. At certain ages, the exam will include screenings, child vaccinations and immunizations, hearing tests and vision tests.

When children reach grade school age, it's also common for parents to schedule a sports physical - or preparticipation physical examination (PPE) - for their children. These exams help to determine whether it's safe for your child to enroll in sports and if there are any health restrictions that should be taken into consideration.

Locations

Aurora Health Care operates primary care clinic locations throughout Wisconsin that specialize in child physical exams and preventive care services. Call today to schedule a physical exam for your child at an Aurora Health Care center near you.

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