5 Procedures Your Kid Needs in the First 5 Years
So, you’ve had a child, and I’m sure during that time you’ve had some advice on visiting the doctor with your bub. Even if your child is generally healthy, he may need several procedures and visits to the doctor during their first few years of life. By age five, most children will be experienced pros at going to the doctor. Here are five procedures that young children need to stay healthy.
1. Doctor Check-ups
A child's pediatrician is the first point of contact for all things medically related. Aside from sick visits, children will need a checkup by the time they turn a week old, then at a slightly less frequent pace from month 1 to 30. After that, children should be seen on a yearly basis.
2. Blood Tests
Most children do not need regular blood tests done, but some pediatricians do order lead screening tests for children between the ages of one and two. This is particularly true if your child has risk factors associated with lead poisoning. A pediatrician may also order tests to check for tuberculosis, diabetes, high cholesterol, and other diseases.
3. Eye Exam
Children will undergo a vision screening at their pediatrician's office at six months, three years, and again before they start kindergarten. If any vision problems are identified, they will be referred to an optometrist for further evaluation. Every child should see an optometrist by the time they turn six, and then every two years after that.
4. Dentist Check-ups
Baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth, so taking care of them at an early age is crucial for overall oral health. Children should have their first dentist checkup as soon as their first tooth erupts, or by their first birthday. Children should then visit a dentist every six months to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
5. Hearing Screening
The hearing is a crucial part of a child's health. If a child can't hear correctly, it can affect their speech and social skills. Newborns are screened for hearing problems in the hospital as soon as they are born. Children should also have their hearing checked by year three or earlier if speech delays are present. Once a child starts attending school, they will have yearly screenings done by their school nurse.
Teaching children to take care of their health from an early age by visiting the doctor regularly will carry with them into adulthood. Being aware of which procedures need to be performed when will help to keep a child's healthcare on track.