Your child is 3 years old, which means it's time for the annual health, growth and development balance. Although when the regular checks were smaller they were a little more frequent, as they increase they begin to diminish. The pediatrician will call you for routine checkup every 6 months or 1 year, depending on the particulars of your health. Here's what to expect from the control at the age of 3 and what are the questions you have to be prepared to answer the doctor!
The medical control of the child at the age of 3 years, what to expect?
Prepare the preschooler early for a visit to the pediatrician, especially if you know he is afraid of a doctor and a hospital. Explain to him what is going on there, what the doctor will do to him and what he will talk to, to know what to expect from this medical visit.
If he asks you about needles or injections, don't tell him he won't do them. You cannot know for sure before going to the doctor whether or not he will need to harvest or immunize and it is not advisable to lie to him. Assure him that they will be done only in case of need, which is unlikely if he has all the vaccines up to date and does not suffer from any illness, but that you will be near him when it happens and that he will have a good time .
When you enter with the child in the pediatrician's office, he will perform a small physical examination and measure and record his vital functions:
- pulse and blood pressure;
- growth parameters: height and weight;
- respiratory functions and listening to the lungs with the stethoscope.
The routine clinical examination of the child continues with:
- inspection (observing gait, body conformation, personal hygiene, etc.);
- palpation of the abdomen to determine any lesions, lymph nodes or pain in the organs;
- percussion (hammering of parts of the body with the hands to assess the sound, which may indicate the presence of liquids or air in the abdominal cavity or in the case of organs).
Next, the pediatrician will check the child's medical record to see if there are any immunizations he missed. The child will be subjected to blood or urine tests only if there are medical suspicions to justify this measure (symptoms of infections, anemia, intoxication, allergies, etc.).
The doctor will have a simple conversation with the child to assess their hearing and speech, in order to detect language deficiencies or delays.
Questions your pediatrician may ask about your child
Based on the results and values recorded after measuring the vital functions and the medical record of the child, the pediatrician will ask you a series of questions regarding the changes in the daily routine or the possible symptoms that the little one may manifest. The questions are part of anamnesis, the second part of the clinical examination.
Some of the most frequently asked questions about the condition and evolution of the child up to the age of 3 are:
- Do you have problems with sleep? How many sleep per night?
- Is it left-handed or right-handed?
- Has she gone from potting to using the toilet?
- What does he like to eat and what is his usual menu?
- Do you like playing with other children or do you prefer to play individually?
- Was this year a dentist?
- What games do you like?
- Is it aggressive or does it have particular behaviors worth mentioning?
Following the answers provided to such questions, the doctor tries to find out if there are reasons for concern in the growth and development of prichindel. Also based on this information, the doctor may refer you to various specialists, for further investigations, but he also realizes if he is developing normally for his age.
If you have any concerns regarding the care or raising of a 3-year-old child or need advice, do not hesitate to ask the pediatrician during this medical visit.
For you, how was the experience of a 3-year-old child's medical visit? How did the child behave during the consultation? Tell us your story in the comment section below!
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