Back To School & Back To The Doctor

Many families get in the habit of scheduling their children’s annual wellness check-ups around back-to-school time each year. It’s a good way to maintain overall health and well-being.  But in these uncharted times, it’s a fair question . . . is it okay to schedule an appointment for a child’s annual well visit in the midst of the current pandemic?

As Central Carolina Hospital advises, “Well visits are an essential part of keeping your child on the road to good health. They provide the opportunity for your child’s pediatrician to conduct a comprehensive evaluation, monitor your child’s growth and developmental milestones, ensure that they are up-to-date on immunizations and answer any questions you may have about your child’s health.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following well-check schedule for all children.

For newborns through the toddler years:
•2 to 5 days old
•1 month old
•2 months old
•4 months old
•6 months old
•9 months old
•12 months old
•15 months old
•18 months old
•2 years old (24 months)
•2 ½ years old (30 months)

Once children hit the age of three, they should visit their doctor every year until the age of 21.

All children who participate in athletics should get Pre-participation Physical Exams (PPE), often referred to as a sports physical. Just as a well-check allows healthcare professionals to catch health conditions early, a pre-sports physical allows them to make sure there aren’t any underlying medical conditions that could be dangerous or physically limiting for the child, like asthma, heart murmurs or bone and joint problems.