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How Often Do My Children Need to See a Doctor?

Children don’t dread doctors’ offices – as much as they used to. Many waiting rooms are filled with toys and books, and there is always that lollypop or sticker at the end of the visit. That said,  most kids still don’t look forward to going to the doctor.

Finding a trusted, experienced, and compassionate doctor can help ease their nerves and quell their anxiety. At Wasatch Peak Family Practice, our expert providers have years of experience working with families in the Layton, Utah, area, establishing many long, healthy relationships. They know how to work with children to develop trust and minimize their fears. 

The family doctors at Wasatch Peak Family Practice see children and adults of all ages. Many families find this continuity of care comforting and beneficial.

How often do I need to schedule a doctor’s visit for my kids?

Between the time your child is born until they’re 4, they should see their doctor about seven times. Once they pass the flurry of infant visits and immunizations, children should visit the doctor annually from age 3 to age 21 for well-child visits unless they have a health issue or complication. 

If your child has an underlying health condition, you should visit as often as your doctor recommends. You should also bring your child to the doctor if they’re not feeling well, and you’re concerned. In other words, you don’t have to wait until your annual well-child visit to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Wasatch Peak Family Practice offers same-day sick day visits, so call the office as soon as your child is not feeling well. 

What happens at a well-child visit?

During a well-child visit, your doctor will make sure your child is healthy and reaching appropriate developmental milestones. They’ll make sure they’re up to date on all their immunizations and vaccinations. Your doctor will provide you with an immunization schedule so you know what to expect at every visit – and prepare your child if you know they hate shots.

At every visit, your child’s weight, height, and emotional growth are tracked to ensure they’re growing at a healthy rate.  Your doctor will also check in on behavioral and developmental progress and talk about nutrition, safety, and illness prevention.  It’s also an excellent time for you or your child to ask any physical, emotional, or mental health questions you have. 

For more information on annual well-child exams and immunizations, call Wasatch Peak Family Practice. You can also request an appointment online through our website.

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