Wellness Check Ups in Murfreesboro, TN
I’m Dr. Helton.
I started practicing medicine in the year 2000, and over the past 19 years have treated and served over 15,000 patients. I’m the current president of the Middle Tennessee chapter of Family Physicians, an Executive board member of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians and Chairman of St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Family Medicine Department.
Your child will need wellness checkups at ages 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, 2 1/2 years, 3 years, 4 years and 5 years.
School girl smiles because she received her check up and got the immunizations she needed to start school.
During these checkups, your health care provider will assess your child’s physical and emotional development, give guidance and immunizations (shots), and do any needed tests.
This is also a great time to talk with your health care provider about concerns or questions you have about your child’s development (physical, mental or social).
If your child does not reach a certain milestone for his age, don’t worry. Your health care provider can help you recognize signs if you think your child may have a developmental delay.
If you have a concern or question in between well checkups, please call your clinic. For an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
The benefits of wellness check ups include tracking your child’s growth and development. Your pediatrician will review your child’s growth since the last visit and talk with you about your child’s development. These visits are a time to review and discuss each of the important areas of your child’s development, including physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. Pediatricians often use a resource called Bright Futures to assess and guide discussions with parents about child development. Parents can access Bright Futures to review information relevant to their child’s age using the website at the bottom of this page.
Another benefit of a wellness visit is the opportunity to talk about prevention. For many children in the United States, the most common cause of harm is a preventable injury or illness. The well-child visit is an opportunity to review critical strategies to protect your child from injury, such as reviewing car seat use and safe firearm storage. The well-child visit is an opportunity to ensure your child is protected from infectious diseases by reviewing and updating his or her immunizations. If there is a family history of a particular illness, parents can discuss strategies to prevent that illness for their child. Healthy behaviors are important to instill at a young age, and the well-child visit is a time to review these important behaviors, such as sleep, nutrition, and physical activity.
During a wellness check up, your doctor will:
- perform a physical exam
- give the child any necessary shots (immunizations or vaccinations)
- track how your child is growing and developing
- talk about illness prevention, diet and physical fitness, and health and safety issues
- talk about how to handle emergencies and sudden illness
Make sure your doctor isn’t doing all the talking. The wellness visit is your best opportunity to bring up any worries about your child’s growth and development, especially if your child is not reaching important milestones. Remember, your doctor may be an expert in children’s health, but you are the expert on your child.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions, medical or otherwise. Our doctors can give you valuable advice on how to promote your child’s learning and development, how to potty train, tips on playground safety, and more.