The Importance of Pediatric Wellness Exams
Pediatric wellness exams are essential to maintaining children’s health and well-being. These exams are typically conducted annually and are designed to assess a child’s growth, development, and overall health.
One of the most important reasons to prioritize pediatric wellness exams is that they provide an opportunity for early detection and prevention of health problems. During the exam, a healthcare provider will perform a thorough physical examination, check for any developmental delays, screen for any medical conditions requiring further attention, and ensure that the child is up-to-date on recommended immunizations.
The following is a general immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for children in the United States:
- Birth: Hepatitis B
- 1-2 months: Hepatitis B, DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b), IPV (Inactivated Polio Vaccine), PCV13 (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
- 4 months: DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV13
- 6 months: Hepatitis B, DTaP, Hib, PCV13
- 12-15 months: Hib, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), PCV13, Varicella (Chickenpox)
- 12-23 months: Hepatitis A
- 15-18 months: DTaP
- 4-6 years: DTaP, IPV, MMR, Varicella
Wellness exams also allow healthcare providers to educate parents and caregivers on healthy habits, such as proper nutrition and exercise, and to discuss any concerns or questions they may have about their child’s health.
Overall, pediatric wellness exams are a crucial component of promoting the health and well-being of children. By scheduling these exams regularly and following their healthcare provider’s recommendations, parents and caregivers can ensure that their children are healthy, happy, and thriving.
If you need clarification on whether your child is due for their annual wellness exam or if they are up-to-date on their immunizations, please call your local Rainbow Pediatrics office today. Be sure to schedule an appointment with their pediatric provider sooner than later to ensure appointment availability.