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Attention all parents: encourage your children to become familiar with doctors. Even if your child is not sick, “well-child” visits are important. By bringing your child to the doctor for regular checkups, immunizations, or even question and answer periods with their pediatrician, you will reduce the fear they may feel about the doctor’s office.

Creating a healthy environment and debunking the myth that you only go to the doctor if you’re sick will help your child to grow up knowing that the doctor is a safe place to visit. As they get older, they will be more aware of their body and comfortable in knowing when to make a medical appointment.

It is very important for your child, as well as all members of your family, to have health insurance. If your child is not insured, be aware that there is a health care tax penalty calculator that can help you estimate potential penalties you may face.

We understand it may be tempting to bring your precious little one to the doctor for any reason at all. While “better safe than sorry” is a great motto to live by when it comes to the health of our children, here are three times you should absolutely not hesitate to take your kid for an appointment.

Abnormalities of the Skin

Any abnormalities of the skin should be reviewed by a medical professional. These range from moles that you never noticed before to red and itchy patches.

If you see blisters and bumps popping up on your child’s skin accompanied by non-stop scratching, your child may have chickenpox. Chickenpox is highly contagious and is easily transferred from child-to-child at daycare or school. Chickenpox can also be transmitted to adults that never previously had the disease.

Rashes and bumps on your child’s skin can turn out to be something like eczema, which is manageable and not life threatening, but it is always a good idea to bring your kid to the doctor right away.

Coughing or Trouble Breathing

If your child is constantly coughing, shortness of breath, or waking up in the middle of the night wheezing, they may have childhood asthma. If you are noticing these symptoms, get to the doctor as soon as possible.

Childhood asthma can be fatal, which is why it is so important to get your child diagnosed. Ensuring your child is properly diagnosed and taken care of with medicated puffers can save their life.

Persistent Sore Throat

A sore throat that just won’t go away can be a sign of more than just the common cold.

A sore throat with swollen lymph nodes and a fever can mean strep throat. The presence of bacteria in the throat can cause inflamed tonsils amongst many other symptoms. Bring your child to the doctor right away for diagnosis and antibiotics.

If your child is not responding to antibiotics, the sore throat or strep throat can be an indicator of rheumatic fever or kidney inflammation.

As a parent, the most important thing to us is the health and happiness of our children. Book your doctor’s appointments in advance, and be aware of your child’s physical well-being at all times.

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