Why Well Child Visits are Important

Wondering why your child needs to visit the pediatrician when they are healthy.

You know to turn to our Raleigh, NC, pediatricians Dr. Ceyhun Ozturk and Dr. Maria Guerra when your child’s fever is high or they are throwing up or dealing with a painful earache, but it’s just as important that you are turning to our pediatric team at Little Oaks Pediatrics even if your child is feeling great. These trips to our Raleigh, NC, office are known as well-child visits are they are necessary for all kids and teens.

Why do well-child visits matter?

If your child seems to be doing great you might just assume they are fine, but it’s easy to miss certain issues that could be signs of developmental delays and health problems. We get that your schedule is already pretty busy, but turning to our pediatric team for well-child visits is critical for preventing health problems in the future.

Well-child visits are also necessary for all kids to undergo before going to school or daycare. Your child’s school may require a physical examination from their pediatrician or certain vaccinations that they must have. Delaying these visits can put your child at greater risk for certain diseases that could have been prevented with the proper checkups, exams and vaccinations. These simple, easy visits make a big difference in the health and wellbeing of your child.

What goes into a well-child visit?

These visits usually require a full physical examination along with additional screenings, vaccinations or bloodwork. Some other things to expect from a well-child visit include,

  • Ensuring that your child is meeting all developmental and growth milestones
  • Performing vision and hearing exams
  • Assessing your child’s behaviors as well as mental and emotional health
  • Offering sports physicals to kids wishing to pursue athletic endeavors
  • Providing recommendations on everything from your child’s diet and exercise regimen to sleep schedule and socialization
  • Helping families navigate through certain challenges and to provide support and additional resources

Is it time for your child’s next well-child visit? If so, call Little Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC, at (919) 720-4876 to schedule an appointment for your little one.