Benefits of the Well-Check Visit for Children of All Ages
May 22, 2017
Most parents are familiar with pediatric well child visits; the scheduled visits to take their baby or toddler to see the pediatrician. These visits are used to keep kids current on vaccinations, and to let the doctor assess their growth and progress. But, did you know that well child visits should continue as the child gets older?
“As your children get older and turn into teens, it’s important to keep up these annual visits,” says Dr. Shana Godfred-Cato, Pediatrician at ARC Kyle Plum Creek. The well check visits “help your child develop the skills needed to manage their own health care as they turn into young adults,” says Dr. Godfred-Cato. She shares how these visits go beyond assessing health in a new ARC Healthcare Minute podcast.
Annual well child visits are recommended from the ages of 3 to 18. Prior to age three they are more frequent because babies and toddlers grow and gain skills at a rapid pace; nearly 85% of brain development occurs during the first three years of life. Visit the Pediatrics page to see the recommended well child visits and the milestones that occur at each age.
If you want to schedule your child for their first well child visit, or their annual visit, Dr. Godfred-Cato is currently accepting new patients at ARC Kyle Plum Creek. Call 512-295-1333 or make an appointment online.
For more health tips from ARC doctors, tune into the weekly ARC Healthcare Minute which airs on KLBJ News Radio 590AM/99FM. You can also listen to podcasts from past episodes on the ARC website.