The Importance of Annual Check-Ups For Children

Published on May 20, 2021

The Importance of Annual Check-Ups For Children

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 provider to monitor their overall health. Regular well-child visits, also known as check-ups or annual physicals, help detect and address health concerns, as well as ensure a child’s growth and development are on track. Also, they are a good way for children and parents to build relationships with their provider.

Do you have a student athlete?

The Michigan High School Athletic Association requires a sports physical for all students who will participate in athletics during the 2021-2022 school year. Sports physicals must be completed on or after April 15, 2021 to be valid for the 2021-2022 season.

A sports physical is different than a well-child visit and requires specific paperwork to be completed. This paperwork comes directly from your child's sport team. If it is time for your child's well-child visit, they can have their sports physical completed at the same time. Call your child's pediatrician or family medicine provider to discuss options today.

What to Expect at a Well-Child Appointment

Depending on your child’s age and medical history, these appointments may include:

  • Measurement of height, weight, blood pressure and other vital functions
  • Complete physical exam
  • Vision and hearing screenings
  • Questions and conversation about your child’s eating, exercise and sleeping habits
  • Discussion about your child’s mental and emotional health

This is also a perfect time to make sure your child is up-to-date with all recommended immunizations.

Getting Care Safely During COVID-19

Bronson continues to treat patients safely at all of our locations. The following precautions are in place throughout Bronson to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Patients and staff wear face masks.
  • Patients, parents/guardians and staff are screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival.
  • Everyone maintains proper social distancing.
  • We clean and sanitize exam rooms after each appointment.
  • No waiting room time! Patients come to an exam room as soon as they check in.
  • Patients with COVID-19 symptoms use a separate entrance and exam room.
  • We encourage MyChart eCheck-in. This way patients don’t need to touch anything at the front desk.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Contact your child’s healthcare provider today to schedule their next well-child visit. Appointments fill up fast!

Need a new provider? Bronson has several pediatric providers who are accepting new patients. Find one at location near you:

Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics – Oshtemo
5629 Stadium Drive, Suite A in Kalamazoo
(269) 372-1000

Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics – Portage
2680 W. Centre St. in Portage
(269) 324-2400

Bronson Primary Care Partners - Richland
8906 M-89 in Richland
(269) 286-7130
Same day appointments with pediatricians

Bronson Primary Care Partners - Texas Corners
8088 Vineyard Parkway in Texas Corners
(269) 286-7090
Same day appointments with pediatricians

Bronson Primary Care Partners - Three Rivers
601 S. US 131 in Three Rivers
(269) 286-7070
Same day appointments with pediatricians

Bronson Primary Care Partners - West Main St.
6210 West Main St. in Kalamazoo (Located behind Bronson FastCare)
(269) 286-7030
Same day appointments with pediatricians

Bronson Internal Medicine & Pediatrics - Lifetime Wellness
4613 W. Main St., Suite A in Kalamazoo
(269) 488-8672

Bronson LakeView Family Care - Pediatrics

451 Health Parkway, Suite E in Paw Paw
(269) 655-3090

Bronson South Haven Pediatrics
965 S. Bailey Ave., Suite 200 in South Haven
(269) 639-2772

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