Authored by Dr. Nicholas Cundiff, DO
Pediatrics, Day Kimball Healthcare
A Norwich Bulletin Healthy Living Column
Well, it is that time of year again. Back-to-school season. Parents are purchasing new backpacks, fresh #2 pencils, Paw Patrol folders, and appropriately fitting clothing for their rapidly growing children. There is certainly a long list of check boxes to get through – but have you added an annual wellness exam to the agenda?
They may go by many names: well child checks, back-to-school check-ups, wellness visits, annual physicals, sports physicals. Whatever you call them, they are vital opportunities to assess your child for any emotional, developmental, or social concerns.
The chaos of the past 18 months has led to many missed visits, screening questionnaires and immunizations, making this year’s physical more important than ever. Here are some of the major benefits of annual well child checks:
As pediatricians, we are constantly striving to provide the best care for your child at their well child checks. To keep up with the ever-evolving world of pediatric medicine, we have adapted some new practices since your child’s last annual physical. Some of these updates this year include offering COVID-19 vaccines, dental fluoride varnish application, and a 2.5 year-old well child check that focuses on closer developmental monitoring.
So parents, earn an A in back-to-school health and schedule your child’s annual wellness exam today!
Dr. Nicholas Cundiff is a pediatrician at Day Kimball Healthcare’s Pediatric Center in Putnam, Connecticut. To learn more about pediatric services at Day Kimball Healthcare, visit www.daykimball.org/pediatrics.