The Importance of Annual Check-Ups For Children

Published on July 06, 2015

The Importance of Annual Check-Ups For Children

School is out and summer is in full swing! Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children be seen by their doctor at least once a year? As children grow, it is important for their doctor to monitor their overall health. This helps detect health concerns before they worsen or your child requires a trip to the emergency department. Regular check-ups are also a good way for children and parents to build relationships with their doctor.

Fall will be here before we know it. Many kids need a physical before they can go back to school or participate in sports. A physical exam fulfills the same need as an annual check-up. Depending on your child’s age and medical history, these appointments can include a physical exam, eye exam, hearing exam and lab tests. This is also a perfect time to make sure your child is up-to-date with all recommended immunizations.

“Often times, we only see children when they are sick. But it is also important for us to see them when they are healthy,” says Dr. Sara Ehlke-Bejcek of Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics. “It gives us an opportunity to evaluate their overall health and how they are developing.” Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics is encouraging parents with school age children to schedule their child’s summer physical now. Appointments fill up fast, especially in August. Children ages 4 to 10 are invited to attend a Summer Physical Beach Bash at either the Portage or Oshtemo location. These events let kids meet with their doctor, complete their annual check-ups and receive necessary immunizations. Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics Summer Physical Beach Bash Events

Oshtemo Summer Physical Beach Bash Events

  • Wednesday, July 15, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Portage Summer Physical Beach Bash Events

  • Friday, July 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information or to schedule an appointment at one of the Summer Physical Beach Bash events, contact Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics.

  • Oshtemo office - (269) 372-1000
  • Portage office - (269) 324-2400

For a list of available locations to get your child’s summer physical, visit

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