Monitoring your child’s development and preventing health problems can help your child stay fit and happy, and wellness visits are a key element in this process. Ameeta Chowdhary, MSN, FNP-C, of Little Star Pediatrics, in Avondale, Arizona, carries out expert wellness visits that ensure your child stays as healthy as possible. Ameeta is a highly experienced family nurse
Wellness visits are an essential part of looking after your child’s health and well-being as they grow up.
When you have a baby, you take them for regular wellness visits to ensure they’re growing and developing as they should. There’s a record of their progress that charts:
These visits take place at regular intervals. They’re quite frequent to start with, then become less frequent as your baby gets older. For example, in year one, your baby has at least six wellness visits, while in year two, they probably have half that number.
Once they reach the age of three, a healthy child needs to visit Little Star Pediatrics once a year for a checkup or annual wellness visit.
A wellness visit is a perfect time for your child to undergo screening exams. Some of the screenings Family Nurse Practitioner Ameeta Chowdhary offers at Little Star Pediatrics include:
Your child might be due for immunizations at the wellness visit. Ameeta follows the inoculation schedule drawn up by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the American Academy of Pediatricians.
Ameeta carries out a comprehensive physical examination of your child to check whether there are signs of disease or problems with their development.
She checks vital signs like heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate, and measures height, weight, head circumference, and BMI (body mass index).
Ameeta feels your child’s glands and lymph nodes and organs like their liver. She then uses specially designed charts to compare your child’s results to where they should be for their age. She also carries out hearing and vision tests.
Ameeta might run some blood and urine tests to check for any underlying problems. Although these aren’t as likely to be present in children as they are in adults, it’s still important to rule out any medical conditions.
A simple blood glucose test, for instance, can flag up signs of type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, which if caught early enough, is reversible. Although type 2 diabetes used to be less common in children than the autoimmune type 1 diabetes, rising rates of childhood obesity are causing diabetes cases in children to increase significantly.
Catching problems like this early enough can make a massive difference in your child’s current and future health.
To schedule a wellness visit for your child, call Little Star Pediatrics today.