Baby and child musculoskeletal check-up

A well child check-up will include a thorough history taking, and screening for indicators of healthy growth and development, including age-appropriate attainment of milestones. Research tells us that brain growth is most rapid in the first twelve months of life. Therefore, supporting a baby to establish good patterns of movement, strength, posture and balance will help to establish a solid foundation for optimal growth and development. Key milestones, such as rolling, crawling and walking, and during growth spurts are ideal times for a well child check-up.

A check-up for older children can be of benefit as well. Growing bodies can have immense stress placed on them, due to falls, poor postural habits or sporting activities. Emotional stress can also manifest in the musculoskeletal system. Therefore, it may be important to check children a few times a year or as the need arises.