Routine check-ups for babies, toddlers can reduce hospitalization risk

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by DR. WENDY SUE SWANSON / Pediatrician

KING5.com

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 2:53 PM

Regular, routine baby and child check-ups are important. New research finds that within certain systems, regular check-ups for babies and toddlers can reduce the risk of them being hospitalized.

Dr. David Grossman of Group Health and UW researchers looked at 20,000 Group Health patients under three-and-a-half years of age. Those who missed more than half of their scheduled visits were twice as likely to be hospitalized.

Well Child Preventative Care

  • 13 visits in first 3 years of life
  • After age 3, 1 visit each year
  • Vaccinations, prevention, nutrition review, chronic care
  • Children under 5 years hospitalized more

Kaiser & Group Health Study

  • 2 month olds up to 3.5-year-old toddlers
  • More than 10 percent of children had chronic disease
  • 4 percent of children were hospitalized under age 3.5
  • Children who missed routine visits had 1.5 - 3 times the risk of being hospitalized

What Parents Need To Know

  • Routine wellness visits helpful to reduce risks
  • Typically paid for with insurance or Medicaid
  • Contact Within Reach for information: 1-800-322-2588
  • If child has chronic disease, well care is important

Links:

1. Within Reach - Help Finding Health Insurance or A Doctor
2. Easy-to-Read Immunization Schedules
3. VIDEO: Your Baby’s First Check-Up
4. Research Study on Well-Child Care & Hospitalization

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