August 21, 2023
We all want our children to be as healthy and happy as possible. One way to ensure they are on the right track is by getting them regular health checkups. In this article, Dr. Narsai, a Paediatrician from Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital in KwaZulu Natal shares the five most important health checkups for children.
Dr. Narsai says routine checkups are recommended for all children, starting at birth and continuing through adulthood. “During these visits, the child’s growth and development are monitored, as well as any potential health concerns. Well-child visits are an important way to catch any issues early and prevent them from becoming more serious.
Vaccinations are an important part of preventative health care for children. Dr. Narsai says vaccines protect against a variety of diseases, including measles, and chickenpox. “Vaccinations are essential for keeping children healthy and preventing the spread of disease,” he says.
“Children should have their eyes examined at least once before they start school, and then as recommended based on their individual needs,” says Dr. Narsai. He adds that eye exams are important for detecting any vision problems early and ensuring that children have the best possible vision for their future.
Children should have their teeth examined by a dentist at least once a year, starting at an early age. “Dental exams are important for detecting any cavities or other dental problems and preventing them from becoming more serious.”
Dr. Narsai recommends that children have their diet and nutrition evaluated by a relevant authority like a dietician or doctor, to ensure they are getting the right balance of nutrients. “It is also a good opportunity to identify any potential health concerns in the child,” he says. A nutrition assessment can help ensure that children are getting the right amount of food, and the right types of food, to support their growth and development.
Dr. Jayenda Narsai
Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital
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