Wellness visits for infants start at a weekly frequency. As children become toddlers, wellness visits drop back to a few times per year. Eventually older kids need to be seen only once a year.
Annual wellness visits are available to members without any out-of-pocket expenses beyond the premium.
Here are some tips for making sure pediatric wellness visits are successful and that everyone who cares for your child is on the same page.
Be Prepared for Questions
Part of what pediatricians observe during wellness visits is you. Your pediatrician will want to know how you’re doing with parenting and if anything has changed in your life that could affect your child in ways you might not realize.
These types of changes include:
- Job/schedule changes
- New pet
- New child care
Connect the Team Members
Does everyone who spends time with your child know everyone else who does? Do they know the latest little things that could help them care for your child during their “shift”?
Consider sharing a contact list to connect the most important people:
- Grandparents or other extended family
- The pediatrician
- Any pediatric specialists you may work with
Everyone should share milestones and reports as they happen. Teachers and sitters can see things you don’t and vice versa. Daily care reports may include toilet habits and other behaviors and minor injuries. You may also want to share wellness visit summaries and letters from schools about any illnesses going around.
Keep up with Immunizations
You may find that you need immunization records for camp or school. Don’t be surprised if your child needs a booster of an immunization he or she already got.
Keep these tips in mind:
- Some shots last only so long.
- Some shots need to be given as a series with certain times in-between. Schedule those next shots up front so you don’t forget!