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So, it is time to head to the doctor for the well-baby exam. You are trying to remember all those questions you've filed away in your mind to ask the doctor when she checks out your child. Hopefully, your concerns will be addressed without you having to ask, but undoubtedly there may be some that questions you will still need to ask. The well-baby exam is your chance to get an overall view of the health and welfare of your child. Here is a list of some questions you should have answered by the end of the visit:
1. Is my child's growth appropriate and expected
It doesn't necessarily matter where your child falls on the growth curve as much as how the trend has been over time. The child who has always been at the 5th percentile for height is less concerning (if there is even any concern) than the child who used to be at the 75th percentile and is now at the 10th. The child who has held steady at the 95th percentile for weight is not as worrisome (if there is any worry at all) as the one who has gone from the 25th to the 90th percentile. Keeping track of this trend on the growth curves is an absolute essential for any professional who cares for children. Ask to see your child's growth curve to get a general idea of the trend.
2. Is my child due for any immunizations?
Colds, low grade fevers, and minor illnesses are no cause to delay immunizations. Remember to ask about the flu vaccine in the months of October through January. Does the doctor recommend the chicken pox vaccine?