Children’s Growth and Development Checkups Questions and Answers
Early child development and growth check-ups are crucial to your child’s health as well as making sure they are hitting the developmental milestones for their age. AFC Urgent care offers growth and development check-ups in Agoura Hills, CA. We are located at 5825 Kanan Road Unit B Agoura Hills, CA 91301.
Watching children grow up can be a very exciting time for parents both new and experienced. Hearing them say their first words and seeing them take their first steps are often experiences that parents do not soon forget. However, most parents do not know what the normal rates of growth and development are, which is why physicians offer children’s growth and development checkups. These important checkups play an essential role in tracking the progress of our children and offer impartial insight into their growth and development based on other children of the same age.
What is a developmental assessment?
A development assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of a child’s physical, emotional, intellectual, lingual (language), psychological and social development. These assessments are normally conducted when a physician or parent notices that a child is experiencing a developmental problem in one of the aforementioned areas. A children’s growth and development checkup is usually conducted by a group of doctors and experts, although it may also be conducted by a developmental assessment specialist, who is a person trained to perform the majority of the assessment alone.
What is considered a developmental delay?
It is considered a developmental delay when a child is behind in the skills and abilities expected of them by a certain age. It can happen in just one area or in a few and is considered a global developmental delay when a child has a delay in at least two areas. Because children do not all develop skills on a strict timetable, not meeting developmental milestones at the same rate as other children is not always a reason to worry. In addition to this, developmental delays are typically caused by things beyond a family’s control. For example, a speech delay can be caused by temporary hearing loss from multiple ear infections, which is not uncommon in children under the age of two.
What is the purpose of developmental screening?
The purpose of a developmental screening is to look for and monitor signs that a young child may be delayed in one or more areas of development, including language and motion functions. Developmental screenings are not meant to establish a diagnosis, but rather to help professionals determine whether a more in-depth assessment is needed for the child. In the vast majority of cases, screening rules out the possibility that further assessment is required.
What to expect during back-to-school check-up?
Back-to-school checkups consist of two main parts: review of medical history and physical examination:
- Medical History — Discussing the child’s medical history enables the doctor to get a better idea of the child’s overall health throughout their lifetime, which is reviewed with both the child and parent present. It also helps the doctor to understand if the child may have any potential health issues, including physical, psychological, social, emotional and psychosocial problems. So that the physician can best address these issues during the exam, this is also an ideal time to bring up any questions or concerns about the child that the parent may have.
- Physical Examination — The physical examination involves the assessment and recording of critical health elements such as the child’s vital signs, their height and weight, as well as their posture, joints, strength and flexibility. To determine if the child is on track in all areas of physical and mental development, the doctor will also check hearing, vision and ask questions relating to milestones during the physical exam. The physician may require additional testing for the child if any areas of concern are identified.
Does urgent care do school physicals?
Yes, urgent care offers school physicals. If your child is returning to school and has not had a school physical done yet, bring them to AFC Urgent Care!
School is starting! Bring your child to AFC Urgent Care in Agoura Hills, CA for their school physical! Please call us for more information or book an appointment online for a school physical or growth and developmental checkup, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 5825 Kanan Road Unit B Agoura Hills, CA 91301. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Agoura Hills CA, Westlake Village CA, Calabasas CA, Thousand Oaks CA, Malibu CA, Santa Monica CA, and Moorpark CA.