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How Often Should Your Toddler Go To The Doctor And Dentist?

Regular well child visit are an important part of keeping your child healthy and making sure he or she is on target with developmental milestones. Having a relationship with a pediatrician who knows your child well can help keep you aware of any potential health problems early on, when they are more easily treatable.

How Often?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that when your child turns one, you bring them for well visits at ages 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, 2.5 years, 3 years, and then once a year every year thereafter. At each visit, his or her doctor will check developmental milestones and overall health, as well as administer any necessary vaccines or booster shots. The doctor will check your child’s overall weight and height and chart it in comparison to their growth from previous visits.

Vaccines

At the 12 month visit, your doctor might advise you on common changes you can might need to make as your child gets older. Common vaccines at this visit or at the 15 month visit may include Hepatitis B, HIB, PCV13, IPV, flu vaccine, MMR and hepatitis A. Talk with your doctor about his or her recommended vaccination schedule, as this can widely vary by provider.

Other Health Concerns

In addition to well child visits, it’s important to know when to take your child to the doctor about concerns you may be having. You may want to choose a pediatrician office with a 24-hour nurse line so that it’s easy to get feedback about your concerns. In general, take your toddler to the doctor right away if he or she has a fever higher than 104 or a lower fever that has lasted more than four days. You should also see a doctor right away if your child complains of a headache, has a rash over his or her entire body, a severe stomach bug with vomiting and diarrhea, or a stiff neck. If you’re not sure whether your child is experiencing a medical emergency, always err on the side of caution.

Dental

According to both the American Academy of Pediatrics, you should take your child for his or her first dentist appointment within six months of the appearance of the first tooth, and every six months for cleanings and check-ups thereafter. Dentists can help prevent tooth decay and other problems, and help your child develop health dental habits.

By establishing a relationship with a primary care physician for your child, you are helping to build and maintain lifelong good health habits.

Informational credit to Family Dental Centre.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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