Answers to Common Children’s Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about pediatric health.

Why is it important for kids to continue to get an annual well-check even when they appear healthy?

Dr. Ruff discusses the importance of taking kids to annual well-check visits. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Annual well-child visits are an important chance for your children’s doctor not only to make sure they are caught up on vaccines, but also to check their development, behavior and overall well-being, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Some things your children’s doctor might look into, according to the AAP, are any concerns about:

  • Attention
  • Eating
  • Learning problems
  • Sleeping
  • Social behaviors
  • Toilet training

Well-child visits can help identify possible concerns about your children’s health, including hearing problems, vision problems or learning disorders, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

There is more time to focus on your children’s overall health at a well-child visit because there is not the immediate focus on any sickness they might have. To make the most of your time with your children’s doctor, the AAP recommends making a list of three to five questions or concerns you want to address during the visit.

For more information about the importance of your children’s well-child visits, talk with your child’s physician.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella D.O, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Paul Weber, MD, The Pediatric Group; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Lisa Wright, MSN, NP-C, Ann DeClue, MD; Mark Casdorph, DO, Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health

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