Preventing ill health is one of the most effective ways to care for your child and make sure they grow up healthy and well developed. If you’re not sure what preventive screening tests your child needs, Ameeta Chowdhary, MSN, FNP-C, of Little Star Pediatrics in Avondale, Arizona, can help. Ameeta is a highly experienced family nurse practitioner who specializes in children’s health, and she provides a comprehensive range of preventive care screenings for children. Call Little Star Pediatrics today to find out more about helping your child avoid ill health.
Preventive screening is an important part of preventive care that involves testing for possible health conditions before they start causing noticeable symptoms. Taking action before a condition gets any worse prevents long-term problems for your child and keeps them as healthy as possible.
Family Nurse Practitioner Ameeta Chowdhary of Little Star Pediatrics offers comprehensive preventive screenings for children of all ages.
The basic screenings your child needs as part of their preventive care include:
Preventive blood pressure screenings should start from the age of three. High blood pressure can lead to serious, potentially life-threatening health problems, and in children, it is often a sign of underlying disease.
Screening for vision and hearing problems should begin before your child starts school. Children can have conditions such as strabismus that are easier to correct when found early. If vision and hearing problems aren’t found soon enough, it could lead to your child falling behind at school and have long-term effects on their progress and well-being.
Anemia is a condition where your child has fewer red blood cells than they should. It can be a sign of health problems or be due to a dietary deficiency. Anemia screening should begin from your child’s first birthday.
Lipid screening checks the different types of cholesterol and triglycerides in your child’s blood. Cholesterol is a fat that can clog up the arteries. These problems usually affect older people, but if your child is obese, has high blood pressure, or there’s a family history of heart disease at a young age, lipid screening is advisable.
There are many other potential screening tests your child could undergo, for example, screening for autism and other developmental disorders, or tuberculosis (TB) screening if they’ve been anywhere they could have picked up TB.
Other preventive screening tests Ameeta carries out regularly at Little Star Pediatrics include:
Lead-based paint was only banned for residential use in 1978, which means there are lots of homes that could still have lead paint in them. If the paint starts to chip or peel, young children could ingest the lead, which then collects in their body.
If there’s any chance your child has been in a house built before 1978, you should take them to Little Star Pediatrics for lead screening. Lead can cause severe physical and mental impairment and even death.
Correct nutrition from a young age is essential to a child’s healthy mental and physical development. Nutrition screening is an effective way of making sure that your child is getting all the nutrients they need to grow up strong and healthy.
Screening for type 2 diabetes is becoming more important as childhood obesity rates are on the rise. It’s also worth getting your child screened for diabetes if there’s a significant family history of the disease.
Find out what preventive screening tests your child needs by calling Little Star Pediatrics today.