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Cross Well-Child Visits Off Your To-do List This Summer

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The school year is a busy time for many parents, which can typically lead to putting certain tasks on the backburner. The 2020 school year was unlike any other. With the pandemic causing an entire new combination of stressors for many families, it is even more likely that children missed their annual exams. However, as schools and activities start to re-open, it is important now more than ever for you to get your kiddos caught up on well child exams and recommended vaccines for their age group.

Why are Well Child Visits Important?

Children should see their pediatrician regularly from infancy into adolescence to ensure they are reaching key developmental milestones and receiving the resources they need to stay healthy. Well-child visits give parents the opportunity to discuss their child’s overall health with a pediatrician. There are many benefits to these annual visits, including:

  • Tracking growth and development
  • Discussing any concerns about your child’s health including development, behavior, sleep, eating, and more
  • Getting scheduled vaccinations to prevent the spread of serious diseases (schedules differ for children 0-to-6-years-old and children 7-to-18-years-old)

Resources to Track Developmental Milestones

Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. You can use the developmental milestone lists below to log how your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts. These milestone sheets are a helpful tool to bring to your child’s doctor. Discussing these sheets can give you the opportunity to talk about which milestones your child has reached and what you should expect next.

Schedule a Well Child Visit Today

If your child has not seen a pediatrician in over a year, we recommend scheduling an appointment as soon as possible. You can use the Find a Provider tool on our website to locate an in-network provider near you.

Note: Do not let the pandemic delay your child’s care any longer. You can always ask about the special measures your doctor has in place and the ways they are safely offering well-child visits. Many medical offices are taking extra steps to see children safely during this time.

Need Help Scheduling an Appointment?

Contact our care coordination team for assistance by calling 602.406.7226 or emailing members@azcarenetwork.org. Our team of dedicated healthcare professionals are available 24/7 to assist with your family’s healthcare needs.

Sources:

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2021

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021

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