Annual wellness visits give doctors the opportunity to check kids for illnesses and chronic diseases in early childhood when they may be easier to treat or even prevented. Physicians can then more easily monitor your child's overall wellness with routine examinations and tests including blood tests to screen for such problems as high cholesterol levels, diabetes and lead poisoning. They might also do skin tests for things such as tuberculosis.
Preventative screening appointments are also a good time for you and your child to talk to your physician about safety. Depending on your child's age, that may mean everything from bicycle helmet safety to concerns about alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and sexual activity.