One of the biggest reasons many develop complicated medical conditions that are costly to treat is the lack of wellness checkups. We often only visit a doctor when we’re sick. However, getting yourself checked occasionally (at least once a year), even when you feel completely healthy, provides exceptional health benefits. It can help you see developing or potential diseases, allowing you to correct your lifestyle or take preventive measures ahead of time. Contact Highland Family Medicine to set up an appointment for you or your child today.
A wellness checkup or exam is a preventive care service aimed to help you maintain good health and stop issues from ever occurring. Instead of waiting to get sick, you can always visit a family physician to get examined for potential health concerns early on.
Wellness Checkups for Children
Your child will need wellness checkups at ages:
This ensures that your child is developing as he/she should. Moreover, your doctor can see if your child needs supplements, requires food restrictions, or other lifestyle changes to keep him/her growing strong and healthy.
During these checkups, your healthcare provider will assess your child’s physical and emotional development, give guidance and immunizations (shots), and do any needed tests.
Wellness checkups are also a great time to talk with your healthcare provider about concerns or questions about your child’s development (physical, mental, or social).
If your child does not reach a particular milestone for his age, don’t worry. Your family doctor can help you recognize signs if you think your child may have a developmental delay.
The benefits of wellness checkups include tracking your child’s growth and development. Your doctor 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 the critical areas of your child’s development, including physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. Family doctors often use a resource called Bright Futures to assess and guide discussions with parents about child development.
Another benefit of a wellness visit is the opportunity to talk about prevention. For many children in the country, the most common cause of harm is a preventable injury or illness. The wellness visit is an opportunity to review critical strategies to protect your child from injuries, such as reviewing car seat use and safe firearm storage. It is also an opportunity to ensure your child is protected from infectious diseases by reviewing and updating his/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 essential to instill at a young age, and the wellness checkup is a time to review these behaviors, such as sleep, nutrition, and physical activity.
During a wellness checkup, your doctor will:
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. That means you know his/her habits, his/her likes and dislikes, and his/her overall character. If you feel that there is anything odd, don’t be afraid to ask questions, medical or otherwise.
Our family doctors at Highland Family Medicine in Murfreesboro, TN, 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. We’re all about holistic health care, and you can count on us to help you out.
We at Highland Family Medicine are proud to have served, and continue to serve, the Murfreesboro community in Tennessee. We’ve provided wellness checkups and discovered thousands of cases where we’ve prescribed preventive measures to keep our patients happy, active, and healthy.
Please do not hesitate to give us a call for you or your child’s wellness checkup. Dr. Helton, Dr. Housden, and Dr. Hardin are more than happy to examine how healthy you are. And if we see anything wrong, we can immediately provide the right treatment, saving you money in the long run for preventing complications. See you soon!
Highland Family Medicine and its doctors, Dr. Helton, Dr. Housden, and Dr. Hardin, have been serving and treating the community of Murfreesboro, TN, and surrounding areas for over two decades.
Collectively, they have treated more than 20,000 patients. Highland Family Medicine specializes in comprehensive health care for people of all ages, treating most ailments and non-emergencies.
Please don’t hesitate to call the Highland Family Medicine doctor’s office. Dr. Helton, Dr. Housden, and Dr. Hardin are professionals and ready to serve.