FOR CHILDREN AGES 3 TO 5: What to Expect at the Yearly Wellness Exam

Children ages 3-5 are fun, curious, and able to take part in their visit. They may need forms filled out to enter preschool or kindergarten so please bring these with you.

1. The annual wellness exam focuses on your child’s overall health, growth and development.
If you have a list of other concerns that may have come up over the past year, please make a separate appointment for these issues as soon as they come up. Waiting can mean that the potential issue might get worse and it’s better to address it right away. The annual wellness visit is meant to focus on your child’s overall health.
Help your child learn to see their CPCMG pediatrician as a partner and resource for maintaining their health. Practice doing “check ups” with toy doctor kits at home.

2. We’re going to check their vital signs.
All patients will have their height and weight checked. They will have their blood pressure and hearing checked as well. Vision for three-year olds is checked using an app that takes a picture of their eyes. Children four years and older will use the vision chart. Checking your child’s vitals will help your CPCMG pediatrician track their growth and health.
Let your child know that these tests help the doctor learn about their health.

3. Depending on their age, your child might be due for a booster or recommended vaccination.
Don’t promise your child that they won’t get a shot unless you have confirmed this information before the appointment. Promising “no shots” can set you up for a return visit and leave you feeling like you lied to your child. Boosters are required for TK/kindergarten entry.
If your child asks if they will get a vaccine, say you aren’t sure but remind them that vaccines will protect them from getting sick.

4. Your child will need to get undressed for their well child exam.
This helps the pediatrician examine the skin, spine and overall physical appearance of your child. Your child’s underwear will stay on until their genitals need to be examined. Your CPCMG pediatrician will look for early or late development as well as any other issues (hygiene or dermatologic problems). This part of the exam is over quickly.
• Let your child know that this part of the exam is important and won’t last long.
• Approach this topic matter of factly, letting your child know that you also have the same checkup as a grown up.
• Remind them you will be in the room with them for the entire visit.

5. You’ll be answering questions you might not expect.
In addition to asking about your child’s physical health, CPCMG pediatricians will ask about development, behaviors, habits, sleep and home environment. These important questions are designed to identify anything we may need to talk about (and sometimes they’re required to be asked by your insurance company).
• When completing the pre-visit questionnaire, please answer honestly. Knowing the true picture helps CPCMG pediatricians work with you to set your child up for success.
• Save time! Pre-visit questionnaires can frequently be done in advance using MyChart – this makes your office visit more efficient.

After your child’s wellness exam, celebrate their good health! Plan a fun activity after the exam or make time for a special treat.

If your child is due for their annual wellness exam, please use your MyChart account to schedule an appointment or call your CPCMG pediatrician’s office. See you soon!