When to take your child to the doctor
Infants: Most infants need physicals at two weeks, two months, four months, six months, nine months, and one year. The child will receive vaccines at every visit except for the two-week and nine-month visits.
Toddlers: Toddlers need physicals at 18 months, two years, and three years.
Four- to Five-Year-Olds: It’s a good idea to ensure your child is up-to-date on vaccines before they begin kindergarten. These vaccines can usually be administered as soon as your child turns four and as late as just prior to school starting, though you should check with your doctor and your child’s school to make sure.
Six- to 11-Year-Olds: Children over the age of five only need a physical every two years, unless they have a chronic condition or play a school sport. In those cases, they may need to see the doctor once a year or more.
Teenagers: Teenagers who aren’t participating in school sports generally only need a physical every two years, and may need one or two vaccines depending on your pediatrician’s recommendations.
- Infant under three months of age with any fever
- Fever that has lasted more than three days
- Rash that oozes
- A rash that looks like a bulls-eye
- Frequent vomiting or diarrhea
- Constant or sharp stomach pain
- Burning during urination
- Blood in urine
- Head injury
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Any time spent in front of a screen such as a TV, computer, video game player, or tablet.
What are the risks of too much screen time?
- Sleep problems
- Physical inactivity
- Mood problems
- Lower grades in school
- Less time with family & friends
What are some benefits of screen time?
- E-learning opportunities
- Communication with friends and family
- Social support
- Health promotion
No child grows at a steady rate throughout adolescence. Most children experience weeks or months of slightly slower growth, along with mini growth spurts and major growth during puberty.