Raising Awareness for Health Screening Among Children and Teenagers in Malaysia

There is a misconception that people only go for a medical check-up when they are not feeling too good. It was the thinking that this only applies for adults and the elder citizens. This is not the case in present-day living.

The need for a full medical check-up in children and teenagers continues to get overlooked much more than ever before. When a child is born, mothers are usually encouraged to bring their child for health screening at regular intervals.

This enables early detection of possible defects in the child’s development and growth. This need for routine health check-up is encouraged until the child turns 21. By this age, it is expected that all organs would have been fully developed.

When you take your child for a health screening, Malaysia Hospitals make it mandatory to perform basic health checks. Some of the things checked include:

  • Physical examination from head to toe
  • Vision or eyesight screening
  • Hearing screening
  • Body and organ developmental screening
  • Blood pressure check
  • Check for signs or symptoms of anaemia
  • Urine analysis
  • Immunizations
  • Health education
  • Lead screening

As a parent, it is always important to check and be observant of your child’s growth. You don’t have to wait till the child falls ill before having to do a health check-up. This is because most sickness children have are such that could have been prevented with regular medical check-ups.

This also applies to your adolescent child. Although, as they grow older, they tend to experience mood swings and can be quite secretive. This can prove a challenge when assessing their well-being. Encourage and educate them on the need for regular health check-ups and ability to confide in you. By doing this, your teenager will have access to accurate information relating to their health.

For teenagers, a health check-up comprises a complete physical examination, blood pressure check, vision and hearing screening and Body Mass Index (BMI). Other possible checks include checks for diabetes, anaemia, high cholesterol levels. Sexuality Maturation Rate (for both sexes) are also assessed and checks for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are performed for teens who are sexually active. Education on drugs and alcohol abuse will also be done.

Gender-specific tests will also be carried such as pelvic examination (if necessary) and pregnancy test in girls. In boys, the testicles will be checked for lumps and risk of hernia. He’ll also be physically examined for possible signs of breast tissue enlargement (gynecomastia).

According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, it is recommended that children and teenagers should follow the health screening routine below:

Child’s Age Frequency of Health Screening
0 – 12 months At birth
3 – 5 days after being born
1 month old
2 months old
4 months old
6 months old
9 months old
12 months old
1 – 3 years 15 months old
8 months old
24 months old
30 months old
3 years old
4 – 21 years At least once every year

 

To get your child or teenager’s health check-up, get in touch with us at https://www.ramsaysimedarby.com/our-contact-details, or call +603-56391212.

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