Well Child Care is an essential part of preventive care in children. Periodic follow-up care begins from birth through 16 years of age. Routine checks on growth - child’s weight, height, head circumference offer opportunity in periodic screening as well as monitoring child developmental milestones. Adequate monitoring of growth charts can detect early some of the pathological conditions.
Immunizations remain an integral part of well childcare visit. In UAE, the guidelines as required by public health department starts at birth, 2 months, 4 months and 6 months, one year, 18 months (first booster) and five years (second booster).
It is worth mentioning that with the advent of COVID-19, most medical providers taking care of infants and young children all observe reduction of office or clinic visits due to COVID-19 scare. The parental concerns are rational. This has equally been published in authoritative medical journals.
To parents, we say our AWC center staff and management take necessary precaution from disinfection to mandatory use of mask and maintain distancing, please do not delay or ignore routine childhood immunizations. The benefits remain immense.
“We will talk about the new COVID vaccine in the next blog as it affects children in some detail. For now, all I can say is that so far, the vaccine is allowed only for adults and older teens. Testing is only getting started with children – and just with adolescents. There are still a lot of unknowns.” – Dr. Adeyinka Shoroye.