Most parents these days are well aware that a simple program of preventive care will both lessen the chances of their children getting sick and reduce the cost of the care needed to help them get well. Regular visits for shots and checkups when your child is healthy will diminish the number of "irregular" visits needed when sick. And if your health care provider sees your children on a regular basis, he or she will be better able to pick up on any unusual patterns of growth and development and thus catch problems early.
There are other benefits to following a good preventive health plan for your child. If your child is used to seeing a health care provider for regular well child checkups, he or she won't be as likely to associate health care with pain and discomfort and therefore may be less frightened when an illness arises. And finally, as your child grows up, the pattern of taking charge of health through preventive care and good health habits will contribute to continued well-being.
Recommend Ages for Child Health Checkups
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children receive well child health checkups at the following ages: