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You should ideally begin making yearly checkup appointments at three years old (before that, more often) so that your pediatrician can keep accurate and complete records of your child as she or he grows. Establish a strong, ongoing relationship with a pediatrician at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX and schedule your child's annual checkup today.
Why Should You Bring Your Child for Annual Checkups?
Children can be very resilient and strong, but they also need monitoring to ensure that they are developing in a healthy way. At annual physicals, your pediatrician will do basic checks on the development of your child. You will also find that you need to take your child in for regular physicals for school-related reasons. Young athletes must pass a physical before being allowed to play sports and participate in certain gym activities.
What Happens at an Annual Checkup?
You’ll likely spend about 30 minutes to an hour at yearly physical with your child’s doctor. An annual checkup with your child’s pediatrician will include evaluating and recording the following information:
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Blood pressure
- Vision tests
Keeping Your Child Healthy and Happy
Scheduling annual checkups for your child is one of the best ways you can keep her or him healthy and happy throughout their younger years. The actions you take today to promote your child’s normal development will have positive ramifications throughout his or her life, well into adulthood. Other tips to consider include:
- Asking your doctor for dietary information to ensure that your child is receiving the proper nutrition on a daily basis.
- Ensuring that your child gets proper rest each night (toddlers need up to 13 hours).
- Encourage good dental hygiene habits.
- Be a positive example for your child when it comes to healthy habits -- they will follow your lead.
Schedule Your Next Visit
Is it about time for your child’s next annual checkup? If so, schedule your appointment today at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX by calling (713)-861-4800. Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj are caring and attentive pediatricians (a mother-daughter pediatric team) who look forward to helping children maintain good health.
How your pediatricians in Houston, Texas can protect your child’s health
The mother-daughter team of Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, Texas can protect your child against serious diseases by ensuring your child is up-to-date on child immunizations.
Immunizations are the quickest, least expensive, and easiest way to protect your child against serious diseases like polio, measles, mumps, tetanus, hepatitis, meningitis, and the flu. Thanks to immunizations, diseases like measles and polio have almost been wiped out.
Immunizations are also important to keep your child healthy and prevent transmission of diseases. When your child is immunized, your child is protected, you are protected, and anyone else your child comes into contact with is protected. That includes your child’s playmates, teachers, daycare workers and other adults and children.
In fact, your child must be current on immunizations in order to attend school and daycare. The Centers for Disease Control or CDC publishes a list of recommended immunizations from birth through age 18: The list includes:
(Hep B) Hepatitis B
(Dtap) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
(Hib) Haemophilus influenza type B
(PCV13) Pneumococcal conjugate
(MMR) Measles, mumps, rubella
(HepA) Hepatitis A
(HPV) Human papillomavirus
(MCV4) Meningococcal conjugate
You can also view or print a list of recommended immunizations by clicking on this link:
Some parents have questions about the safety of vaccines. The truth is, vaccines are rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness years before they are marketed, and then they must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and made available for public use.
Immunizations are the foundation for your child’s health. They can help your child live a healthy, happy life, and help you feel relieved your child is protected. For more information about immunizations and other pediatric services, call Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, Texas. Don’t wait! Protect your child’s health by calling today!