The Importance of Regular Pediatric Checkups
By Kenneth J. Kim Pediatrics
March 14, 2019
Tags: Pediatric Checkups  

Has it been a while since your child had a checkup? The exams help pediatricians detect signs of health conditions and diseases and pediatric checkup ensure that there are no issues with your child's growth or development. Pediatric checkups are among the services that Dr. Kenneth Kim, your child's Fairfax, VA, child doctor, offers.

Why should I schedule a checkup for my child?

Sick visits are no substitute for checkups. If your child has the flu or injures their arm, the visit will focus primarily on those health issues. Although every visit always includes a check of your child's vital signs, sick visits don't provide an overall picture of your son or daughter's health due to time limitations.

During checkups, your child's Fairfax pediatrician will evaluate his or growth and development. If there are delays or concerns, he'll discuss options and possible treatments that will help your son or daughter reach milestones.

Checkups are the perfect time to review your child's immunizations. Immunizations not only protect your child from developing measles, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and other diseases, but also protect children too young or sick to receive these vaccines. If your child needs an immunization, it can be provided during the checkup.

Visits will also include discussions of your child's health during the past year. The questions your child's pediatrician asks you and your child can help him spot symptoms of conditions and diseases that can occur during childhood. For example, if your daughter mentions that she is thirstier than normal and her vision isn't always clear, the pediatrician can recommend a blood test to rule out diabetes. The checkup also offers the perfect opportunity to ask questions and share concerns about your child's health and development.

Safeguard your child's health by scheduling a checkup. Call Dr. Kenneth Kim, your child's Fairfax, VA, child doctor at (703) 246-0022 to make an appointment.

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