Why Would a Child Need to See a Family Practitioner?

As soon as your child is born, they’ll need a family practitioner to monitor their growth and administer health care. There are many things that your child needs including checkups, tests, yearly physicals, vaccinations, and treatments to ensure that they grow up happy and healthy. Family practitioners focus on your child’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being throughout their childhood and teen years. They provide recommendations, vaccines, tips, and many more resources to keep your child’s defenses high and their health strong. Today, we’ll explain the importance of having a dedicated family practitioner for your child.

Developmental Progress

The family practitioner will take note of your child’s height and weight at each visit. This helps them track and evaluate the child’s growth. The practitioner then compares the results to other children of the same age and gender. This helps you and the doctor understand how your child is progressing, whether that be faster or slower than other kids, or at a similar speed. Tracking these factors also helps determine if your child is overweight or underweight. Then, the family practitioner can offer tips and recommendations to help improve your child’s health. 

Part of the development check ups will include asking about your child’s behavior at home. If your child is very young, you may be asked about milestones like language acquisition, crawling, walking, motor skills, and what their eating schedule looks like. 

Vaccinations 

Vaccines help fight infections and offer immunity to certain diseases. These diseases killed or seriously harmed many children in the past. Vaccines are used to prevent these infectious diseases– prolonging your child’s life and well-being. Without vaccines, your child is at higher risk for serious illnesses like the flu, polio, chickenpox, measles, and mumps. 

It is highly recommended that they recieve vaccines at specific times throughout their development. They can receive a combination of vaccines to reduce the number of times they have to come in for them. Don’t leave your child vulnerable to risks that can easily be prevented.

Behavioral Issues

Your child may behave in ways that might raise some concern. For example, they might wet the bed too often, have trouble learning, or there might be discipline issues at home or school. Your family practitioner can offer advice to help improve their behavior, or they may recommend you to specialists that have experience with that certain behavior, such as a psychologist, a speech therapist, occupational and physical therapists, and more.

Nutritional Advice

Younger kids are frequently picky eaters. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult to get them to eat the right foods. They might also suffer from a nutrient deficiency if they refuse the healthy food you give them. family practitioners provide tips and advice to get your child to consume the proper amount of nutrients, whether that be through vitamin gummies or healthy alternatives. They can also have a serious talk with your child. Sometimes kids are more likely to listen to someone that isn’t their parent.

Common Cold and Ear Infections

Young children have up to 6 to 8 colds a year, and ear infections tend to follow. Ear infections are very painful and can impede their daily activities. Infections can also cause severe fevers. This is why your child should see a family practitioner regularly. We can help prevent these risks by continuously monitoring their health. Even though colds are common, they can lead to more serious conditions, which can last a lifetime. Prevention is always better than treatment, but we are always here to offer the best treatment as well.

Trusted Family Practitioners at MD365™

Family practitioners provide extra care for your child throughout their development. At MD365™, our team of family practitioners can treat and prevent any condition that arises in your child. From bronchitis to nosebleeds, we are always here for them. Schedule an appointment with MD365™ today, and rest assured that your child is in great hands.

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