Being a parent is a wonderful feeling. Every new act or development of the child brings immense happiness to the parent. However, with immense joy comes immense responsibility too. The criteria of a job well-done for every parent is the overall health of the child. And the best judge to analyze the health of the child is their pediatrician. All visits to the pediatrician are important; however, the check-up of a 3 year old is essential. A 3-year-old child has started doing certain things that are crucial for their development. So on these visits, the pediatricians of a 3-year-old will check their mental growth and social development in addition to their physical well-being. This check-up visit is also a good opportunity for the parents to ask the pediatrician any questions they have about the growth and development of their child, as now their kid would be starting school. Now the parents should know things to take care of so that their kid can adjust and cope well in school. Therefore, it’s important the 3-year-old visits their pediatrician for the check-up to assess their development and growth.
During the check-up the pediatrician will check the following things:
The doctor will weigh and measure the child’s height to make sure the child is growing properly and steadily.
Apart from the weight, the doctor will check the child’s vital stats, such as blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, breathing, etc., to make sure the kid is physically well.
The doctor will do a complete physical check to make sure your child is developing well. The physical examination will be done in the presence of the parents, and the doctor will check eyes, ears, teeth, lungs, heart, fine motor skills, etc.
The doctor can also do some blood tests to check for anemia and lead poisoning risk in the child.
The doctor may do a tuberculosis test if the kid has a risk factor for it.
The doctor will also check the child’s speech, cognitive development, and language skills by asking questions about the things they enjoy, books they read, etc. They will also give directions to the child to check whether they follow commands. The doctor may ask the kid to draw something to check their development.
After doing the checks during the visit, the child’s doctor will also have some additional questions for the parents to further assess the child’s growth and development. For example, they can ask the following questions:
During the check-up, vaccinations are not administered as most vaccines for kids are administered upto 20 months initially. Then the next rounds of vaccines generally start from 4 years onwards; however, it is better to be up-to-date with the kid’s checkup shots if some vaccination was missed. So during the 3 years doctor visit, it is best to consult the doctor for immunizations and get the missed vaccination administered.
Here is the list of vaccinations a 3 year old kid should have; in case any was missed, get it administered during the check-up visit:
At 3 years, the kid would be starting preschool. Preschool is a huge step for both the parent and the child. Parents should consider this as a chance to ask the pediatrician for advice on making the transition as painless as possible for their child, especially if they believe their child may struggle to separate from them. Remember that the child’s doctor is there to answer any questions the parents may have. Some questions to ask the pediatrician are:
Some important tips for the check-up are:
The pediatrician visit is critical for parents to understand their baby’s development. During this appointment, the doctor examines the toddler to determine their development. It’s also a great opportunity for parents to get their questions regarding their child’s growth answered.
This post was last modified on June 30, 2021 8:23 pm
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