When your child is sick, the first place you usually turn to is your doctor’s office. You know that you can trust your doctor to do everything he can to help your child find relief from his or her symptoms. But what about when your child is well? Do you think about taking your child to the doctor? You should! Well check-ups, otherwise known as routine visits, are vital to your child’s health!
Routine visits serve as a preventative! At your child’s check-up, it allows the doctor to do a full check of your child’s overall health instead of just focusing on the symptoms as they do when your child is sick. This helps the doctor detect problems early on, sometimes before any symptoms have even arisen. This puts you and your child at a great advantage! The earlier that a problem is found, the sooner treatment can be started which usually makes for a must faster and easier recovery. In addition to this, it is also customary for children to receive any vaccinations that are due at their routine visits. Doctor Solari says, “Vaccines have been one of the most important preventative health measures available to physicians throughout modern history. Vaccines have saved more lives than any other single medical advance.” Vaccines prevent children from getting deadly diseases before children even come in contact with the disease!
Routine visits provide opportunities for open communication between doctors and their patients. When you bring your child to their routine visit, Dr. Solari always allows for any questions that you may have about your child, whether it be questions regarding discipline, eating habits, or even medical concerns you may have from the media. Alternately, it gives Dr. Solari the opportunity to give you advice specific to the age of your child. The check-up visits give him an opportunity to talk about things that don’t come up at sick visits such as appropriate car seat information or what types of responsibilities your child is ready to take on. As your child matures, Dr. Solari takes the opportunity to begin to talk to them one-on-one. Beginning at your child’s 13-year check-up and through their teen years, Dr. Solari will have your child come into the exam room alone to give your child a chance to have open communication with him about things that they may be uncomfortable discussing in front of mom or dad. After a few minutes of this one-on-one discussion, Dr. Solari will then call the person accompanying the patient to the back to complete the exam. This gives your teen a chance to practice independence and prepare him or her for adulthood when they will no longer need someone to accompany them to the doctor.
Finally, routine visits allow Dr. Solari to give what medical experts refer to as “anticipatory guidance”. This is the term used to describe the advice given to parents to prepare them for the upcoming stages in their child’s life. First, Dr. Solari will check your child and give advice on his/her current health and stages. Before the visit is over though, Dr. Solari will begin to give advice in preparation for what is soon to come. For new moms and dads of babies, this appears as the advice given for what baby food will be next and when you should begin feeding your baby more solid foods. For children, this can be things such as when they may begin chores at home or how to handle temper tantrums. For parents of teenagers, Dr. Solari prepares them for the challenges they may face while making sure their teens are always wearing their seatbelt and making sure that they are getting plenty of rest at night. This can serve as a form of comfort for parents because we don’t always think about what’s ahead. Then, when the situations arise, parents can then put into practice what Dr. Solari prepared them for months in advance.
Routine visits are commonly overlooked and neglected as many people don’t see much of a correlation between their healthy children and the doctor’s office. In all reality, our children’s check-ups should be some of the most important visits we keep with our pediatrician! Mark their next routine visits on your calendar, teach your children to prioritize their doctor visits, and determine that your family will maintain a healthy lifestyle by keeping their well-visits. The medical care and information given at these visits are invaluable.