Benefit of “Well Baby” Visits
Only 10% of our country’s infants receive regular preventative doctor visits during their first year of life. This statistic is shocking since “well baby visits” can do so much to maintain babies’ health, prevent disease, identify developmental disabilities, and connect families to early intervention services. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children receive six well baby visits by age 12 months, in addition to a newborn and a 2-5 day follow up visit after being discharged from the hospital. These visits not only benefit babies, but parents’ and taxpayers’ pocket books as well since it is well documented that preventative medicine saves money. For example, several studies have demonstrated that children who are up-to-date on their well-child check-ups through 2 years of age are 48% less likely to experience an avoidable hospitalization, which can be very expensive. We must make well baby care a priority—if we don’t, I’m convinced we’ll pay for it later.
See well baby services available in Melbourne, Australia, since 1920.