Visits to a good child prioritize a child’s physical and mental well-being

Kevin U. Stephens Sr.

  • dr. Kevin U. Stephens Sr. is the medical director of UnitedHealthcare of the MidSouth.

Now that the school season is upon us, it is important to ensure that your child is both physically and emotionally ready for the school year by planning a visit with your child.

Well-child visits are annual doctor’s appointments for preventive health services that are essential to a child’s growth and tracking developmental milestones. The visit to the child is also the time for routine vaccinations to prevent diseases such as measles, polio, hepatitis B, chickenpox, whooping cough and other serious illnesses.

Like vaccines, which prevent physical health problems, speaking to your child’s primary care physician regularly about mental health problems is also an essential part of overall preventive care. The annual well-child visit is an opportunity to talk to your child’s doctor.

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