It is important for children to get regular checkups with their health care provider. These visits are a chance to check your child's development. They are also a good time to catch or prevent problems. As children grow older, they develop in several different ways. Child development includes physical, intellectual, social, and emotional changes. Children grow and mature at very different rates. It's hard to say what "normal" is. There can be big differences in height, weight, and build among healthy children. Diet, exercise and genes are all factors. Some children begin puberty or are close to it before they are teenagers.
Children start to become more independent from their parents. They may rebel. They also look outward - to their friends, who are usually of the same sex. Peer approval becomes very important. Your child may try new behaviors to be part of "the group." This can also be the time that parents or teachers recognize learning disabilities or behavioral problems in children. These problems can get worse as time goes on, so it is important to get help early.
Your child's health includes physical, mental and social well-being. Most parents know the basics of keeping children healthy, like offering them healthy foods, making sure they get enough sleep and exercise and insuring their safety. Every stage of a child's development is important, below are just a few of the many things we like to focus on within our practice:
Other than well child checkups, children should be seen for some of these basics:
- Significant weight gain or loss
- Sleep problems or change in behavior
- Breathing Problems
- Frequent sore throats
Fever higher than 102
Whether you’re in your 3 Months to 18, we’ve got your child covered. Click on the picture or below the picture to be linked to better your child's health.
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