Head shot of Dr. Reba Beard, MD of Norman Regional

Friday, August 2, 2019

As you’re preparing for your child to return to school, scheduling your child’s annual well-child check with their doctor should be on your list of to-dos.

The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to make sure both you and your family are healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that healthy students are better learners at all levels of academic achievement.

Reba Beard, MD, a board-certified pediatrician at Moore Pediatrics, said scheduling your child’s annual exam around back-to-school time helps to address any health issues that may interfere with school success and review and update any new issues or new recommendations before the busyness of the school year begins. It also helps ensure the visit gets done each year if it gets put on parents’ back-to-school to-do list.

“Well child exams are encouraged to promote the health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents - physically, mentally, and socially,” Dr. Beard said.


Well checks are recommended at ages:

  • Three to five days,
  • One month,
  • Two months,
  • Four months,
  • Six months,
  • Nine months,
  • 12 months,
  • 15 months,
  • 18 months,
  • Two years,
  • Two and a half years, and

Annually from ages 3 through 21.

In addition to the physical exam, the annual visit gives physicians a chance to review a child’s medical history and track his or her growth, address any parental questions or concerns, update immunizations, perform screening tests as indicated, discuss safety and help parents understand the expected growth and development of their children.

Well-child exams are aimed at prevention rather than just treating a child when they are sick. They can help develop optimal physical, mental and social health for your child as the new school year approaches, Beard said.

Schedule your well-child check today

If your child does not already have a pediatrician, there is no better time to choose one and get your child’s well exam scheduled. Pediatricians are specifically geared to specialize in the health and welfare of children.

Dr. Beard is located at Moore Pediatrics inside Norman Regional Moore, 700 S. Telephone Rd., Suite 400 in Moore. The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is home to Dr. Beard, Betty Harmon, MD, and Laura Shao, PA-C. All three providers are accepting new patients and can offer well-child checks and same-day sick visits.

If you’re looking for a pediatrician outside of Moore, please visit NormanRegional.com/Pediatrics for a list of local pediatricians. Please call Moore Pediatrics at 405-912-3100 to schedule your child’s appointment today.

All of the listed providers have easy access to pediatric hospitalists at Norman Regional HealthPlex. Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who work in hospitals providing care for children ages 0-18. They specialize in the care of children who are hospitalized and will provide immediate and ongoing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The CDC has more back-to-school healthy tips and information to kick off the new school year. Visit their website to discover ways to get a healthy start to the school year.