5 HEALTH CHECKS CHILDREN NEED EVERY YEAR
Parents have a lot to keep track of for their children, and one of the most important things they monitor is their child’s health. As your child grows, their health should be monitored by a pediatrician to ensure that they are doing well and remaining healthy as they experience the different phases of their childhood.
Unfortunately, it can be tricky determining what exactly you need to have checked for your child among all of the other things going on in your day to day life. Here are the most important health checks your child needs every year:
1. Cholesterol Check
One of the many health checks your child needs on a yearly basis is a cholesterol check. Cholesterol checks don’t become as important until your child is around 9 to 11 years old, but it is something that definitely does need to be checked regardless of their history or risk. This is because it is best to identify and address risks and risk factors as early as possible in order to reduce the risk of heart diseases as they grow older.
Yearly cholesterol checks are reflected by modern scientific health recommendations, which is why not everybody may know that this is an important health check to get annually. This has nothing to do with your kid’s weight, it is simply a health concern that needs to be monitored.
2. Vision Check
Vision checks are incredibly important for children because the status of your child’s vision can greatly impact their educational achievements. If your child has poor vision, it can impair their ability to read the teacher’s instructional boards and prevent them from taking notes or being completely prepared for their work in the class. If they play sports or games, they could have difficulty participating and have a higher risk of injury.
Yearly vision checks are important because if eye issues aren’t addressed early on, they can cause some serious problems for your child later in their life.
3. Hearing Check
Before your child even begins to attend school, their hearing should be checked. Hearing checks aren’t done at school, so you will have to contact your family doctor to perform these. Unless your child is experiencing extremely obvious symptoms of hearing loss, hearing impairments or deterioration can be very difficult to monitor, which is why it is important to get a hearing check done for your child at their annual doctors’ visits.
The impact of untreated hearing loss can be difficult for children so regular check ups are the key to ensuring that it affects their growth, learning, and development as little as possible as they mature.
4. Dental Check
Dental health is incredibly important for children (and adults). These check-ups should begin as soon as the baby teeth have developed in your child’s mouth and remain continuous throughout their whole life.
The foundation of their dental health is created during their youngest years, which is why it is so crucial to make sure these are done on a regular basis. Getting your child’s teeth checked by a reputable dental office is not something that should be overlooked.
5. Comprehensive Annual Check-Up
This may seem like the most obvious annual health check for your child to receive, but its importance cannot be stressed enough. The physical exam portion of this check-up serves to make sure that your child has all of the recommended immunizations and is overall up-to-date on their vaccines. Your child’s doctor will also measure their height and weight to ensure that they are on a healthy track.
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