Annual Pediatric Health Screenings Recommended for Every Age and Every Stage

Annual wellness exams are essential for children’s healthy development both inside and out. Harbin Clinic Pediatrics encourages parents to schedule annual appointments for their children to help prevent future potential health problems and ensure that their growth and development is on track. 

As young bodies are rapidly changing, a full exam with their pediatrician includes an assessment of their vitals, growth markers, a full physical exam, age-specific immunizations and developmental health screenings. 

Harbin Clinic Pediatric providers perform child health screenings at specific wellness visits to detect a wide range of potential diseases and conditions. Early childhood health screenings look for signs of blood disorders, developmental delays, autism, heart defects and other health complications. Detection of these problems at an early age allows for the development of an effective treatment plan and can help prevent potential issues that could have lifelong implications as a child gets older. 

“It’s important for children to stay current with routine immunizations, physical evaluations and thorough health screenings through age 21,” says Dr. Caroline Yaphockun of Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Rome. “These appointments allow us to gain insight into a child’s milestones, social behaviors and developmental learning.” 

Parents are well-versed in the importance of key wellness visits for their babies, toddlers and growing kiddos but sometimes these exams fall to the wayside as children get older. It's important to remember that wellness visits are essential at every age, not just for toddlers and tykes. 

“We conduct necessary evaluations and screenings at milestone well-check visits for our baby and toddler patients,” says Dr. Tammy Williams of Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Cartersville. “When our patients reach school-age, we encourage our patients to continue to schedule these appointments once a year.”

For children ages 5-18, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening for conditions such as obesity, hypertension, hearing and vision impairment, high cholesterol, psychosocial/behavioral concerns and STIs.

“As a Pediatrician, my role changes as my patients get older,” says Dr. Sara Harbin Pickett of Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Adairsville. “Wellness appointments become much more than an exam filled with growth charts and routine shots. We have the opportunity to become an essential and active health partner as both the child and the parent navigate adolescence.” 

Teenage years can sometimes be difficult and confusing for a child. As an adolescent goes through puberty, they’ll likely experience new emotions or sporadic hormones, and there is a great benefit to having a health advocate they can trust. A pediatrician can better guide them through their physical, mental and sexual health since they have had an engaged role in their health background. 

Harbin Clinic Pediatricians believe in caring completely for patients at every age and through every stage of life. From babbling babies to graduation caps, Harbin Clinic pediatricians encourage annual wellness visits to manage the physical, emotional and mental well-being of children.

To schedule an appointment with a Harbin Clinic pediatrician, visit Harbin Clinic Pediatrics.