Only few parents who consider that general check up is important for child. One of the causes is the wrong perception of the general check up goal. Actually, general check up for child is really important. Why?
It is because by doing general check up, as parents, we will know whether the whole system in our child body work well or not. One of the goal from general chcek up is to know earlier whether there is illness in our child body or not. If from the result of this check up is found the indication of certain illness, there will be specific examination.
So don’t think that general check up is only to find serious illness in our child body.
General check up for child is different with the general check up that is done by adult people. Usually, general check up for child covers:
The teeth checking
Actually the teeth checking should be started when the age of child is 6 months, when the first teeth grow for the first time. Then, the next checking is done when she is 9 or 10 months. Then it continues until she is 2 years old. In this age, child teeth has grown completely. The problem that must be asked is the problem about carries and the right way to brush her teeth so it will not cause problem later. Then the checking will be done regularly every 6 month.
So don’t wait until your child suffers from teeth illness to go the dentist.
The checking of ears and their function
In toddler period, the language and speaking learning process are developing. By doing general check up, if there is disturbance in hearing system at child, parents are not late in knowing it. It must be known that disturbance in hearing system can cause child late in developing her speaking and language skill.
Usually the doctor (that special handle ear, nose, throat matter) will do the Conditioned Oriented Responses (CORs) checking or Visual Reinforced Audiometry (VRA) or Play Audiometry checking. There are also some doctors who do Automated Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry (BERA) screening. The last checking can be done in toddler period since the function is to know the child listening bar.
Based on American Academy of Pediatrics, the hearing checking must be done at child who was born in certain condition such as: born in premmature way, born with low weight, born with high bilirubin level, born with low APGAR score, they don’t directly cry when they were born, born with helping tools, born with stiff condition, or the mother suffered from TORCHS or genetic factor when she was pregnant.
The checking of eyes and their function
When child has been 2,5-5 years old, do the eyes checking regularly to detect whether she suffers from sight disturbance or not that later can disturb her activity. Usually, in that age, doctor finds that child suffers from refraksi disturbance or the disturbance in sight focus so child must wear glasses to help her see better.