Friday we (finally) had Daniel’s 4 year old check up. I called two months before his 4th birthday and they still couldn’t get us in until just this past Friday, nearly two months after he turned 4!
I was surprised and pleased by how in depth they were – to spare you the reading, I’ll just summarize.
Height & Weight: 41 inches and 38 1/4 pounds. He fluctuates between 38 and 40 pounds. Just can’t quite get him over the 40 pound mark, but that’s okay because…
On the Charts: Daniel is in the 50th percentile for weight and in the doctors words “a smidge over 75th percentile for height”! She was excited by his height growth!
Blood Pressure: Normal
Hemoglobin and Lead Reading: (Didn’t know they planned to prick his finger. Good thing Troy was able to go, because I hate that! I digress…Normal
Urine Sample: Normal (Yay – due to his ongoing medical condition)
Hearing Screening: Perfect – We have now confirmed he truly does have selective hearing.
Eye Sight Screening: The doctor suggested possibly having a true exam done sometime in the next six months as he was reading at 20/40. HOWEVER, 2 of the shapes on the 40/40 level I don’t think he even knew, because I sure didn’t until I was 2 feet in front of the chart (Note to self: Maybe I need an eye exam?) The doctor did assure us, it was a screening, and sometimes they don’t get a true reading until they are a bit older.
Questions we asked:
Daniel is still using both hands to write/eat/etc.: Doctor said this was still okay even though by Daniel’s age most children have “declared” themselves as to which hand they want to use. We believe almost 100% Daniel is truly a lefty, however the doctor mentioned the possibility of him being ambidextrous because he did use both hands to draw for her and did well with both hands. My grandmother is am/…another sign God chose him for our family!
Daniel suffers from nosebleeds. Sometimes rare, sometime 3 in a week.: It’s okay, more common with little boys than girls and not unusual. She checked his nose out and the right side does have close capillaries. Saline spray was recommended when he has trouble.
He has a small mole on his arm. Is it okay?: Looks perfectly normal. (I think she thought we were being a little picky at that point because, well, it’s tiny, but I’m a paranoid parent!)
The ending: TWO updated vaccinations. I didn’t realize it but anything after the age of 4 counts towards Kindergarten shots. Since we plan to start Daniel next fall, the shots would count. However (because once again I’m paranoid and picky), I only allow Daniel to be given two shots at a time in one visit. I refuse to do all 4 or 5 in one sitting. So after being questioned by the doctor why they can’t do all of them, we decided on a mix of two we had done together before. DPT booster and Polio booster.
This time they did them in Daniel’s arms and when the stuck him he said very loudly…
“Mommy, I did not ask them to do that”.
Daniel ran a small fever last night, and his arm (tetanus side) swelled up and turned pretty red all over. He woke me up 3 times during the night (even with Tylenol). Poor thing. The first time he woke me up he came in the room crying a bit and said “Mommy, someone broke my arm”. Talk about a mild heart attack. I had one!
We called the doctor and they assured us this was okay, but we may have them look at it tomorrow if it’s not better. Apparently the 4th or 5th booster (this was his 5th) causes this type of reaction more often. Since this was the first one in the arm, we had not seen this reaction before.
So far tonight he is sleeping soundly.
All in all, a good check up!