In the first few years of life, your baby will see the doctor more than any other time. That’s because babies grow and change so much during this period, and need more visits to be sure they are growing normally and staying healthy. These visits are called “Well-Child Visits” and help you keep your baby healthy.
At your well-child visits, the doctor will examine your baby, check the baby’s weight and growth, discuss milestones (steps in your baby’s development) with you, check for any illnesses, and discuss your baby’s sleep, feeding, and safety. On some visits, the doctor may perform hearing, vision, and other tests. On other visits, the doctor will give your baby vaccinations (shots) to protect them from serious diseases. These visits are also a great time to ask questions that you might have about your baby.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends your child visit the doctor for a well-child visit:
Generally, after the age of three, well child visits happen once a year. You may also see the doctor between these visits if your child is sick or gets hurt.
Vaccinations are important to keep your child healthy. Your doctor will provide you with a schedule for when to get vaccines for your child. Getting a shot is never fun for anyone, but it’s very important for keeping your child healthy. Vaccines are safe and have made it so children are less likely to get serious diseases.
Your doctor is a good person to get information from, and by bringing your baby for well-child visits, you’ll be able to ask questions, learn new things, and keep track of your baby’s growth during their first years.