Five Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician at a Well Check

Vanessa Slots, MD, Pediatrician, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

Well checks are not only a time for your child to be examined and receive immunizations; they are a time to ask your pediatrician questions. I recommend caregivers write questions down so they remember what they want to ask during the visit. Below are a few important questions to ask at each well check.

  1. Is my child growing and developing normally? Children do not all grow and develop at the same rate, which can make it difficult to know if your child is on track. Your pediatrician will be able to discuss where your child is currently, what they should be doing by the next well check, and if there are any delays which need to be addressed.
  2. Is my child a healthy weight? With childhood obesity on the rise, it is important to discuss your child’s weight, nutrition, activity level and, if necessary, weight loss goals with your pediatrician.
  3. Are my child’s immunizations up to date? Having up to date immunizations not only protects your child but helps protect those children who are not old enough, or unable secondary to health reasons, to receive immunizations.
  4. What is my child’s current Tylenol/Ibuprofen dose? Tylenol and Ibuprofen doses are based on weight and should be adjusted as your child grows. Overdosing on these medications can be a medical emergency. However, under dosing means your child is not receiving the full benefit of the medication.
  5. Do you have any suggestions for ________? This discussion can range from discipline to starting school to toilet training to sleep, etc.

Most importantly, alert your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your child. We look forward to seeing you and your child at their next well check!

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