When school is out, many families see it as an opportunity to schedule their child’s next well-child visit. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) feels that a complete medical history and physical exam are of more value than a simple “sports exam” that may only provide approval to play sports or attend camp.
Well-child visits allow a bond to develop between your child and his or her health care provider. Additionally, the health care provider can provide counseling to improve school performance, increase safe choices and diminish risky behaviors. You can make the most of these visits by writing down important questions ahead of time. Keeping all of these things in mind can help make your child’s next well-child visit an even better experience!
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor, HealthyChildren.org