Haywood is a top county for child well checkups

May 28, 2014

The first 2,000 days of life are vital in childhood development during which time children are expected to reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act and move.

Part of making sure children reach these goals is for parents and guardians to schedule regular well checkups for their children, and Haywood County parents seem to be doing a good job.

According to Community Care of North Carolina, 83.9 percent of 255 children enrolled in Medicaid in the county meet the goal of six well checkups within the first 15 months of life, placing Haywood County in the top five counties in the state.

Well check-ups are the best way to detect any developmental needs your child may have, according to the organization. Appropriate screening at these check-ups can determine whether children as young as one year are at-risk for developmental delays.

Recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that developmental delays, like autism, are often not identified until kindergarten entry or later. Catching delays early can make a big difference in the life of your child. Early treatment can reduce delay effects and help your child learn, grow and thrive.

“Scheduling well check-ups is one of the most important things a parent can do,” says Dr. Henry C. Hawthorne, Jr., Pediatric Consultant and Community Care of North Carolina, Inc. Board Member. “Treating delays early not only improves chances for treatment but improves you child’s chances of living a healthier life.”

A parent may not think it is important to take their well child to the doctor but keeping up-to-date with these check-ups is a critical part of a healthy start. Most insurance programs cover these preventive care check-ups and being proactive will save you money and improve your child’s health. Don’t wait to schedule your child’s appointment.

“Waiting to bring your child to a pediatrician until he or she is sick or demonstrating signs of a development issue can be detrimental,” said Dr. Hawthorne. “Staying proactive about your child’s health from the beginning will improve their wellbeing overall and lessen the risks of undiagnosed disorders.”