What will happen during the exam?
The pediatrician should know all about your children's health care. He should know about all specialists they go to, to coordinate their health care accordingly. Sometimes, pediatricians don't know anything about therapy their patients are receiving from other professionals and they might mistakenly recommend them a similar medication with a different name.
The pediatrician will take your children's blood samples (more information below), which will reveal any anomalies in cholesterol or sugar levels (glycemia) and other important information. He will also take a sample of their urine.
During the check-up, you will talk about your children's health condition and the doctor will examine their body (visually, by touch, heartbeat, etc.). He will check their height and weight and their overall development. The doctor will then tell your children something about healthy diet and evaluates their psychomotor development.
Specific points of interest and examinations according to different age are:
- Sight, hearing, speech, color vision deficiency, voice, teeth, laterality
- Cholesterol, urine, genitalia examination
- Hygiene habits, color recognition, bedwetting
- Musculoskeletal system, skin, lymph nodes, thyroid, blood pressure
- Sex education, protected sexual intercourse, HPV vaccination, menstruation cycle
Up to 18 months
The pediatrician will check your child's hearing, sight, speech, laterality, color perception, urine and genitalia.
The pediatrician will check your child's perception of colors, hygiene habits and bedwetting. He will also check his/her cholesterol levels.
7, 9, 11 and 13-year check-up
The pediatrician will plan appropriate vaccinations. He will check your child's musculoskeletal system, skin, lymph nodes, thyroid and sexual characteristics. He will also check his/her urine, blood pressure, sight, color perception, hearing, speech, teeth and cholesterol levels.
15 and 17-year check-up
The pediatrician will ask for any changes in your family. He will examine your urine, sight, hearing, speech and teeth. He will check your blood pressure and tell you something about sexuality. He might also recommend girls to visit a gynecologist for the first time.
You should switch to a general practitioner when you turn 19. The pediatrician will handle all your medical records to the GP.