Preventative Care for Your Children

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Anyone looking after young children knows how important high quality medical care and discount medical supplies are. The costs associated with health care continue to rise each year, so it can be challenging for families to find affordable clinics and equipment. The best thing that parents can do is keep their home safe and keep their kids as healthy as possible.

Regular visits to a pediatrician or primary care physician will help to keep the whole family feeling well. Parents should ask any questions or bring up any concerns that they may have with the doctor. Preventing an illness, or diagnosing a potential problem right away, can make a huge difference.

Children should receive vaccines on a very specific schedule. This should be discussed with the family doctor after the child is born so that they can get their injections in a timely manner. Immunizations are responsible for the eradication of diseases that were once deadly among youth. Modern medicine has advanced to the point that families no longer need to worry about many of these illnesses, so long as they choose to vaccinate and keep their kids healthy.

Doctors will track each child’s growth to make sure that they are growing properly. Delayed or inhibited growth can be an indication of a health issue. It is best to have a child’s height, weight, and head circumference measured and recorded in the first few years of life.

A complete examination should be done annually, and more often for very young children. This would include a check of the heart rate, lungs, abdomen, neck, and head. After the age of 3, blood pressure may even be checked.

Vision and hearing should be checked regularly, as well. In many cases, a vision problem may not become apparent for several years. If vision impairment is not corrected, a child can have difficulty reading. Hearing impairment can cause speech delays, so it is necessary to do a sensory screening.

During the toddler and preschool years, pediatricians will ask parents about their children’s behavior and habits. It is around this time that potty training should begin. A sleeping schedule should be in place, since plenty of sleep is crucial to good health.

There are many different ways that a parent can ensure the safety and health of their children. Checking in with a trusted family doctor is one of the most important elements. Everything from discount medical supplies, to affordable medications can help families to live a healthy life.

How about you, how do you make sure your kids are always in their best shape?

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Comments

  1. when the kids were younger I was on top of Dr visits –they are older now and we don’t have insurance…only visit in EXTREME cases.

  2. Megan @ The Pink Flour says

    I was lucky to grow-up with a father who is a physician, so lots of importance was placed on proper medical check-ups. I plan to do the same with my children. Thanks for the great reminder!

  3. Huge fan of the wellness check-ups. Anyone not keeping up with those should hop on track. So helpful!

  4. Leigh @oneandoneequalstwinfun.com says

    I absolutely agree. Dental health is important too.
    Leigh

  5. Hello dear,Dental health is important too.
    Leigh

  6. Emiliana Martin says

    Great job, Pepper. So many neglect the basics. This is a good reminder for us single moms who are feeling our way through parenthood at the speed of light.

  7. I make sure our HMO coverage is always updated. A lot of parents get too preoccupied with baby food and milk, sometimes forgetting about their children’s medical needs.

    @Leigh, AGREE. Dental is just as important because it’s very basic!:)

  8. When my son was a baby we always go to Health Center. And when he’s feeling bad, I go to his physician right away to buy his med. As I’ve read, I think Dental Health is important too. My son tooth got decayed because I haven’t paying attention to it, he was only 2. :(

  9. Food Taste and Recipe says

    Prevention is better than cure, mothers should always have time to schedule their children with their doctors.

  10. Preventive care can be quite expensive but it’s all for the sake of your kids and your whole family. Some hesitate to give a regular visit to their physicians or dentists but they should realize the big significance of preventive care.

  11. Oh, the expense. Tell me about it! I just spent another 5 digits at the hospital. Sucks. :(

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