From the moment we are born and all through our adult life, there are a variety of tests to ensure we are on the right track with good health. As stated in a previous blog post, when the recommended health checks are carried out as at when due, you can improve your chances of preventing health problems throughout your life. Today’s focus is on health checks for children. Regular health and development checks are recommended for all babies and young children to ensure they are growing and developing normally, and to manage any health problems early on. At each visit, the doctor will check your baby’s weight, discuss eating and physical activity, habits, and assess things such as their eyesight, hearing, teeth and gums, sleeping habits, language, physical development, social and emotional wellbeing.
TESTS & MEASUREMENTS: Screening for certain conditions like hypothyroidism has proven to be of great value to us in this part of the world as hypothyroidism is a treatable cause of mental retardation. Newborn’s height, weight and head circumference are also measured. Physical examinations to detect abnormalities are carried out too. Subsequently, your baby is enrolled in the growth monitoring clinic where all parameters of growth are monitored including developmental milestones.
FREQUENCY: They are generally recommended at birth, six weeks, ten weeks, 14weeks, 6 months, 9 months, 12 and 18 months of age, then at two, two and half years, three years, three and a half, and four to five years of age.
These regular visits are a great time to raise and discuss any concerns you have about your child’s health and development. You can also talk about how you are feeling and any worries you have about your own health and being a parent.