You love your kids so you want them to be happy and healthy, right? Well, we’re with you and to help you stay ahead of the game, here are three essential health check-ups you need to schedule today!
words: Tamara Clarke
It might seem absurd to take a your child to see a doctor when there’s nothing wrong but well child visits are a thing and you should do it. Your child will need wellness checkups at ages two weeks, two months, four months, six months, nine months, twelve months, fifteen months, eighteen months, two years, two and a half years, three years, four years and five years. Phew! That sounds like a lot, but it’s all worth it to keep your little one healthy.
During these checkups, your health care provider will assess your child’s physical and emotional development, give guidance, immunisations and conduct any necessary tests. This is also a great time to talk with your health care provider about concerns or questions you have about your child’s development.
It’s important for all children to have their vision checked at least once between ages three and five. Even if children don’t show signs of eye problems, they still need their vision checked. Finding and treating eye problems early on can save a child’s sight. Common
eye problems that can be treated if diagnosed early enough are amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes). Other conditions like near sightedness or far sightedness can be corrected with glasses.
Whether they still have their baby teeth or are growing permanents, nurturing your children’s teeth during each stage of development is one of the most important factors for their overall health. It’s never too early for them to learn the importance of proper oral hygiene and with regular check-ups, children are more likely to develop a positive attitude towards dental visits.
Addressing problems as soon as they surface stops oral diseases from worsening and ultimately saves time and money on treatment later on. Regular check-ups also help you stay informed on your child’s dental health and monitor your child for issues such as crowded, missing or crooked teeth that might hint at the need for orthodontic work in the future.
Fortunately, it’s easier to identify problems like cavities in the earliest stages when it can be stopped or managed. Visiting the dentist every twelve months helps to maintain and improve the state of your child’s teeth. Baby teeth are the starting ground for adult teeth – so when baby teeth are healthy, it’s easier for adult teeth to come in healthier and straighter.
The UAE government weighs in
Obesity among children is a major cause of concern and the UAE is taking action. The Ministry of Health and Prevention launched The Student Growth Record programme in 2019 to combat obesity in children and adolescents. It will highlight cases of obesity annually among school children between the ages of five and 17 and provide information on the dietary habits and level of physical activity of every child.
The second phase of the initiative will include adding further health-related information on each student, such as the immunisation record, the presence of allergies from medicine or food, and any special needs such as poor vision or hearing, as well as the existence of any chronic diseases.
This effort is in line with the 2021 Healthy Children initiative to fight obesity among children. The UAE National Agenda aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity amongst children from 13.17% (as of 2014) to 12% by the year 2021.
Now that we’ve got the kids squared away, don’t forget about yourself. Check out our listing of healthcare screenings for adults.