What Every Parent Ought to Know About First Checkups

If you have a new baby or a young child, you have a lot of stress on your plate as it is. So you are probably overwhelmed when considering what to expect from your child’s first check ups. Don’t worry, however. Follow theses tips of what to expect and you will be prepared for that first day:


The Pediatrician

After the birth of your child, there are a slew of pediatric appointments you will need to attend. There is a check up in the first week, the first month, the second month, the fourth month, the sixth month, the ninth months, the twelfth month, the fifteenth month, the eighteenth month, and the twenty-fourth month. That’s a lot whole lot of checkups. But don’t be anxious just because there are a lot of visits. Pediatricians are there to ensure the overall health of your child. At each visit your pediatrician will check to make sure your child is growing and developing properly, so most of these visits should be easy and painless. Be prepared for lots of questions about diet and eating habits and, yes, even questions about poop.

 

The Dentist

Dentists may have a bad reputation for being the doctor that no one wants to go to because of the pain during cleanings and other procedures. However, they are necessary for your children because they can help detect issues early on and encourage the healthy growth of their teeth and gums. Lori Henderson DDS explains, “That’s why pediatricians and pediatric dentists recommend that all infants have a dental visit six months after their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday.” When taking your toddler or infant to their first dentist appointment, bring something for them to be occupied with. The dentist will probably want to have them examined on a few different fronts, such as their teeth opacity, bacteria level, and whether there is anything abnormal about how their teeth are growing in.


The Optometrist

A child’s eyesight is one of the most important things about their wellbeing in life as a whole. The care they receive when they are young will go a long way in preventing any issues later on. Young children with problems in their vision usually respond very well to treatments, so the earlier a problem is caught, the easier it usually is to correct. All About Vision reports that “according to the American Optometric Association (AOA), infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age. Children then should have additional eye exams at age 3, and just before they enter the first grade — at about age 5 or 6.” If your child is having problems seeing, they need to have the right eyeglasses and procedures done to keep their condition as healthy as possible. Your optometrist will want to ask you questions about their behavior and how they respond to visual stimuli, in addition to whether or not they watch a lot of television so be prepared to answer them by having at least one parent or full time caretaker present.

 

When it comes to having a child, they need a lot of care in their first few years. Running around from appointment to appointment can be a nerve-racking experience, but if you know what to expect, you can position yourself to get your child the best help possible and make the process go smoothly.

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