Health exams and screening tests should start as early in life as possible. The early detection of health conditions such as diabetes or hearing loss allow for prompt treatment. Be sure to schedule routine visits with your child’s pediatrician so these important tests can be performed on an annual basis.
4 Health Exams Every Youngster Needs to Maintain Their Health
Urine and Blood Tests
Tests of your child’s urine and blood help to detect chronic conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease. These medical issues are developing more frequently in children. If you have a family history of diabetes or you had gestational diabetes during your pregnancy, these screening tests should be performed once per year to monitor your child’s health status.
Visits to the pediatrician are important to monitoring your child’s overall health. During routine visits to the pediatrician, the doctor will measure your child’s height and weight. Professionals, like those at Entira Family Clinics, realize that basic tests such as blood pressure and heart rate may also be performed. If your child is due for any vaccinations, the doctor will let you know. Well-child checkups are a good way to get to know the pediatrician and allow the doctor to understand your child’s overall health. This will help the doctor to care for your child during times of illness.
Many vision disorders are detected during a child’s first few years of life. If your child bumps into things, trips a lot or seems to have trouble seeing pictures in a book, it is a good idea to request a vision exam from the pediatrician. This is a basic screening test that can detect myopia and presbyopia. If your doctor finds a problem with your child’s vision, a pediatric ophthalmologist referral can be provided.
Children can be born with or develop conditions that cause a loss of hearing. A hearing test can help your pediatrician to sort out a medical hearing problem from a behavioral issue such as your child’s lack of listening or attention. If your child has had frequent ear infections, a hearing exam can detect any hearing loss that has happened as a result of damage to the inner ear.
Each of these tests only takes a few minutes to perform. This is a small investment of your time in order to protect your child’s health. You and the pediatrician can explain how the test will work, what it is for and why it is important. Explaining the importance of being healthy will help your child to cooperate.
This is a guest post: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook
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