As an adult, scheduling a physical exam is one of the most important personal health decisions you can make. This goes double for your kids. Children grow fast and each milestone is an event, but that joy can be interrupted when something seems amiss. Perhaps your son or daughter is having difficulty walking or speaking. This delay can be the source of immense anxiety, but you are not alone. Tri-County Health Care has some of the best providers around and they want to ensure you and your kids are on track with well-child visits!
What is a well-child visit?
A well-child appointment is a physical but for kids. However, it does have a slightly more preventative purpose. By establishing care and regularly scheduling these exams, providers can track development and quickly diagnose any issues that may arise.
A well-child appointment usually consists of a lot of questions. Before the meeting, the parent must log in to MyChart and fill out a questionnaire regarding their child’s health. If the child is over 12, they must fill out the questionnaire. This change is an important new step in the process. By utilizing MyChart and the questionnaire, parents will experience an overall more efficient appointment with less time in the exam room. The digital questionnaire also gives parents more time to update the provider on their child’s health status accurately.
How often should they be scheduled?
Younger children typically have these types of appointments more often. After birth, babies usually have their first meeting at two weeks. Well-child visits should take place around the following ages:
- 2 weeks
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 2.5 years
- 3 years
- Yearly after 3 years of age
Jill and Hadley
Molly Tabery and her three-year-old, Hadley, recently stopped by the Wadena Clinic for a well-child visit. It was that time again to see how Hadley was growing. In the past, Molly would have to fill out several forms in the lobby before seeing a provider, which was not an easy task with a toddler. Well-child visits are integrated with MyChar,t and now these forms are fully digital, making appointments easy and carefree.
After a short wait, Jill Wilkens, PA-C, entered the exam to begin the exam. The meeting was short, with Jill asking a bevy of questions to Hadley and Molly. The paramount goal of the meeting was to gauge Hadley’s wellbeing. After some questions and diagnostics, Jill observed a perfectly healthy Hadley. Jill is just one of many providers that provide well-child visits. Often, your established primary care provider can provide one. There is increased access for patients to receive well-child care from their established provider rather than just choosing a member of the care team.
A mother’s perspective
“The appointment went great! I always feel like Jill takes the time to thoroughly listen, and answer questions. She also does a great job of connecting with my children at these appointments. I noticed the process has changed to make it easier for me to provide important information before the appointment.” – Molly Tabery