Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Importance of Yearly Physicals For Kids

All parents get busy at times. So, much going on and there is already too much planning involved on an everyday basis. No matter how busy you are, take the time to schedule a yearly physical for your children. There are many reasons why this is important but the number one reason is that it is a gift that you give to yourself, as a parent, for piece of mind to know that your child is healthy.
Once you have made the appointment be sure to mark it on your calendar and to actually go to it. Many health insurance companies pay for these physicals once a year. A few days before your appointment, take just a few minutes to write down a few things that you may be concerned about regarding your child. Also, list any questions that you may have, too.

At your appointment, take out your list and address your issues. This is your time to be certain that your child is not only healthy but is developing properly along the way. No parent has every answer to every issue. It doesn’t hurt to ask the doctor about your concerns. A bonus is that the doctors will, additionally, bring up topics to your child for their own safety. A few of those topics maybe: don’t do anything that will put your photo on the news, keep in touch with your parents when you are going to be late or delayed, do not go near guns in other peoples homes, etc. Many times these may well be topics that you yourself have not brought up to them lately because you were busy with the every day stresses of live.

The doctor will review your child’s height and weight with you and where they fall into the averages of other children their ages. They will discuss nutrition, development, lifestyle, hobbies, grades in school, picking friends and answer any questions your child may have as well. Do be honest with child’s physician, if they are picky eaters then address those concerns there too, leave no stone unturned if you have any reservations at all ask the doctor that is why you are there! If the doctor feels some things need worked on at home, try to take his or her advice and see to it that you make those modifications at home. Some parents become bothered by suggestions from their pediatricians, but remember they have been treating children of all ages for years!

They will lastly, make certain that your child is up-to-date on their shots. Many times the doctors give the parents and/or children advice or booklets or websites to help them with their concerns, too. Once you are finished it is definitely cause to celebrate. Perhaps a short ice cream run would be in order where you can both go and relax and enjoy the fact that you have both done the right thing and the physical is now behind you. Be sure to take a breath and enjoy the fact that your child is healthy, too.

1 comment:

  1. Shots are so very important. I think that's the most important part about yearly check-ups.