POSTED JANUARY 04, 2016, 9:00 AM
Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publications
The yearly “check-up” is the perfect (perhaps only) time to not only see how kids are growing and give any needed shots, but to see how they are doing more generally — and help be sure that they grow into healthy, happy adults. After all, prevention is really what pediatrics is all about.
That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a checklist for pediatricians called “Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care.” These recommendations, which are updated every few years, are based on the most up-to-date research about the health of children now — and in the future.
While the latest version does include new recommendations for younger children, such as putting fluoride varnish on the teeth of children under 5 and doing a simple test for heart defects on newborns, most of the changes this time around pertain to adolescents. Here’s what the AAP thinks pediatricians should be doing with their pre-teen and teen patients:
If you have questions about these recommendations or anything else that does — or doesn’t — happen at your child’s check-up, talk to your doctor.
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